Long Hard Times To Come

Album: Justified: Music from the Original Television Series (2010)

Songfacts®:

  • "Long Hard Times to Come" was the song that first brought Gangstagrass to the masses, though the band had been around for four years by the time it broke.

    The tune was the theme song for the FX crime drama Justified, which ran for six seasons from 2010-2015. The show was based on an Elmore Leonard short story titled "Fire in the Hole." Leonard was involved in the creation of the series and was a Gangstagrass fan, hence their invitation to write the theme song.

    Speaking of the band, Leonard said, "Rench and his friends have done nothing short of creating a new form of music. Gangstagrass takes two types of music that are opposites and mixes them together brilliantly in a way that is natural and enjoyable."
  • As with all of Gangstagrass' music, the song combines rap with bluegrass. The rapper T.O.N.E-z guests on this one.
  • The full version of this song runs 3:56. In the opening sequence to Justified, it's cut down to 30 seconds, with just this section:

    [T.O.N.E-z]
    On this lonely road, trying to make it home
    Doing it by my lonesome, pissed off who wants some
    I'm fighting for my soul, God get at your boy
    You try to bogart fall back I go hard
    On this lonely road, trying to make it home
    Doing it by my lonesome pissed off who wants some


    [Rench]
    I see them long hard times to come
  • The song earned Emmy nominations for Gangstagrass member Rench and rapper T.O.N.E.Z. in the Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music category.

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