Sometimes right isn't equal, Sometimes equal's not fair
There will soon be rows of houses, On that ridge over there
Many lifetimes of labour, Will be all but erased
So shed a tear and look skyward, God help the S lazy H
The last few years were a struggle, But I gave it my best
And I tried to go forward, On the land that was left
Well I have lived with the sorrow, And I will die with the shame
For now the bank owns what's left of, The S Lazy H
Ranchers face several challenges in the modern era, but one of the most common has to do with family ties and real estate.
Urbanization is rapidly spreading to the regions of the West that were once untamed. With that growth, ranches and family farms that have been around for generations are getting sold off to developers and large-scale cattle operations. More often than not, it’s the family’s in-laws who orchestrate the sale. After their spouse inherits the land, they work a deal to sell the property with the hopes of making a quick profit.
That all too common tragedy is the subject of Corb Lund’s “S Lazy H,” a track featured on the Canadian singer’s latest album, Things That Can’t Be Undone.
“This is one of the most personally meaningful songs I’ve written in quite a few years,” Lund says. “It’s not literally a true story, but it’s an amalgam of a handful of authentic agricultural family estate/succession disasters I’m aware of from people close to me. It’s a very common theme in the West, and shows no signs of slowing down.”
The tune has taken on the life of a hymn of sorts at Lund’s live shows. “There are always a couple of cowboys, silent with hats off anytime I play it west of the Pecos,” he says. “I’m glad it’s reaching people, but I wish it wasn’t a necessary topic.”
-- courtesy of Wide Open Country