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Deer Song (Considering Matthew Shepard - released September 9, 2016) Craig Hella Johnson (1962 -)
"This song is based on the story told by a sheriff who was the first officer on the scene when Shepard was found in a coma, near death. She said there was a deer lying next to the fence when she arrived. The sheriff said the doe’s eyes were penetrating – almost to say, “Are you going to take care of him?” She also noted that the ground was quite warm after the deer left, suggesting the doe had been there for a while. Johnson says the deer story gave him some perspective on the hours when Shepard likely felt utterly alone." Performing Social Justice Pieces: Considering Matthew Shepard. October 9, 2018; Mary Rogelstad
The Lion Sleeps Tonight is a song originally written and recorded by Solomon Linda under the title "Mbube" for the South African Gallo Record Company in 1939. Linda's original was written in Zulu, while the English version's lyrics were written by George David Weiss. It became a signature song of the Canadian group, The Nylons who sustained a 40-year career that concluded in Ottawa in 2016.