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This was the first song I ever wrote. During a 1985 trip to Ireland I met several women who had kept things together while their husbands were in jail, often without charges, for purported "rebel activity." The day to day lives of these women were exhausting, as they raised their children, and kept the households together, while poems and songs about the bravery of their spouses were sung all over Ireland.

I won the Kerrville New Folk Competition in 1989 with this song.

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I married a hero - now I'm living alone
His life was held forfeit for defying the throne
The cause, it is noble - he died for what's right
But it can' ease the pain in the home that's so lonely at night

I married a hero - now I'm living alone
They call him an outlaw - his location's unkown
The last time I saw him took the few pounds I had
And left me this baby, who'll not know her dad

I married a hero, now I'm living alone
My love's bound to wither behind barbed wire and stone
They say he gets my letters, but I've not much to write
And our bed seems so large now - so empty at night

And I curse the injustice that keeps us apart
How could it have been wrong to surrender my heart?
Will our children be heroes or widows in time?
I'd gladly take his place, but would he take mine?

I married a hero, now I'm living alone
I worked at the two jobs 'til our babies were grown
Now I grieve that the same fate awaits them as well
My love rests in peace now, and I live in hell

And I curse the injustice that keeps us apart
How could it have been wrong to surrender my heart?
Will our children be heroes or widows in time?
I'd gladly take his place, but who would take mine?

credits

from War on the Workers a Tribute to Anne Feeney, released December 28, 2016
© Anne Feeney (BMI)
Holly Near- Vocals
Shelley Doty- Guitar
Jan Martinelli- Bass
Recorded in San Francisco May 1st, 2016
Engineered by Gary Mankin

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Anne Feeney Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Anne Feeney is a front-line singer and agitator well-versed in the traditions of Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs and Tom Lehrer.

She's taken her musical message all over the US and Canada as well as Sweden and Denmark.

Based in Pittsburgh, PA, For almost 50 years, Anne has gone to wherever the fires of resistance burn brightly, comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable.
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