The Tragically Hip - The first time I heard the title without having heard the song, I envisioned anything but what the song was actually about. I love how the story is gradually revealed and it isn't until almost half way that the picture becomes clear. The rich concise details are great too. Enjoy.

Twelve men broke loose in '73

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From Millhaven Maximum Security

Twelve pictures lined up across the front page

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Seems the Mounties had a summertime war to wage

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The Chief told the people they had nothing to fear

Said, "The last thing they wanna do is hang around here"

They mostly came from towns with long French names

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But one of the dozen was a hometown shame

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Same pattern on the table, same clock on the wall

Been one seat empty, eighteen years in all

Freezing slow time, away from the world

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He's thirty-eight years old, never kissed a girl

He's thirty-eight years old, never kissed a girl

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We were sitting around the table, heard the telephone ring

Father said he'd tell 'em if he saw anything

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Heard the tap on my window in the middle of the night

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Held back the curtains for my older brother Mike

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See my sister got raped so a man got killed

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Local boy went to prison, man's buried on the hill

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Folks went back to normal when they closed the case

But they still stare at their shoes when they pass our place

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My mother cried, "The horror has finally ceased!"

He whispered, "Yeah, for the time being at least"

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Over her shoulder on the squad car megaphone

Said, "Let's go Michael, son, we're taking you home"

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Same pattern on the table, same clock on the wall

Been one seat empty, eighteen years in all

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Freezing slow time, away from the world

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He's thirty-eight years old, never kissed a girl...