I was recently sent a book that I thought some of you more hardcore folks might find interesting.
It’s called The Old Leather Man written
by Dan DeLuca. It is a detailed historical document all about this
intense character who roamed the northeast on foot in the mid to late
About twelve years ago on a winters day
hike my friend Tim R., his kids and I stumbled upon one of his old
caves. That night I was inspired to write not one but two songs about
the man (the second, not so creatively titled “Leatherman II” was never
released…definitely the more somber of the two).
While this book offers up his life and times in the most complete manner as possible, the mystery of Leather Man remains intact.
It’s also interesting to note the
parallels between the Leather Man and Chris McCandless who we got to
know through Into the Wild.
Just thought I’d pass it on… ~ Eddie Vedder
“... Died a long time ago in the 1880s... Leatherman.... Leatherman...
Covered with leather but it wasn't tight... Underneath the moon in the woods at night...
Making the rounds ten miles a day... Once a month they'd spot him and here's what they'd say...
"Here he comes... He's the man of the land... He's Leatherman...
Smile on his face... Axe in his pack...
He's Leatherman... Leatherman... Leatherman..."
Comes out of the caves once a day to be fed...
He wasn't known to stay much but, "Thanks for the bread...”