Avery County, I'm Bound To You

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so it seems I thought that History was cheap
and I could hold its cadence down
so it seems I thought that I could break free from low livin' on high ground
where solitude thrones all woodfire and snow
and tall tails ring like the swath drone of the dulcimoor
the Old World ways and the New World wish to be left alone

and the stranded ache of my mountain home
so far from New York or London or Rome
with their boulevards and Sunday freedom
was a swirling drain, was a need to gun on
from a junk survival or a death no fox could outrun
give you blind acceleration

and easy parley made for sullen days to come
by blow envy and bastard rage
given a language of cinder and slag
thought I could steal something to say
or the diviner would speak and her secret be told
for a soul without languor and a voice without vibrato
looking outward and the world reverberates with home

and the long harmonic of deafening dreams
and dread preterition in high clarity
gets in your heart, and it never leaves
so I'm out. I'm gone. I'm rattled and blue
but don't let 'em steal your story and sell it back you you
that's what liars and phonies do

Avery County, I'm bound to you and your name will always mean
that beauty come by honest is beautiful indeed
and your gentle wildcraft and your rough rhapsody
tower over lowland acres of virtue and blame
but isolation won't excuse its self just because you repeat the claim

of a joysome eternity, high lonesome within
and the heart song of ancients longing me back again
I can't go back again
and "So long" won't stand, and "Farewell" won't do
"Goodbye" ain't good enough
so Avery County, I'm bound to you
I'm bound to you


from Avery County, I'm Bound To You, released October 15, 2013
bass- Matt Weiner, drums- Dan Peters, hammond B3- Steve Moore, guitar/vocal- Barton

produced by M. Weiner and M. Feveyear



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