SotD: Lord Huron, “Dead Man’s Hand”

In poker, a “dead man’s hand” generally refers to a specific case of two pair–aces over eights–thought to be Wild Bill Hickok’s holding when he was killed. This song is…not about that.

Instead, it’s a sort of ghost story. I picture it taking place in the Four Corners region, maybe around Monument Valley.

I first encountered Lord Huron a couple of years ago. Strange Trails is their second full-length album; the haunting Western sound you encounter here permeates it (the final track, “The Night We Met,” was featured in the recent Netflix series 13 Reasons Why).

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