Stories of Appalachia Proper

by The Underhill Family Orchestra

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released 07 December 2013
All songs written and performed by The Underhill Family Orchestra.
Recorded in Birmingham, Alabama at KJP Studio.
September 20-30, 2013.

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Track Name: Benjamin Bryte's March to the Sea
meet me by the water, come and meet me on the shore
my hands are bruised and beaten, oh my hands are broke and sore
there is a healing power when you rest inside the storm
if there's a God in heaven has he loosed us from his arms?

i recall that i was younger when i thought that i could change
i remember being stronger when i fought and stayed the same
will i see you there in glory? will you know me by my name?
if there's a book in heaven will my name be on the page?

i will sing hallelujah, i will sing with all my soul
i will sing hallelujah, i will sing, until my lungs, the fill no more
Track Name: The Northern Lights at Camp Tranton or The Untimely Resting Place of Adamson Kent
do we die alone, alone we die
or do we fall asleep?
if our restless bones rest all alone
will they still rest in peace?
i made mistakes and i borrowed
far too many things
if today were tomorrow
would we know what could be?

do the whitest shirts and reddest ties
conceal every disease 
gather up your books and paper lives 
and put them underneath
she calls, she calls down the hallway 
but i am fast asleep
it all, it all moves so slowly
but we will be released

dyin's just a way to leave the ground
maybe we can say we came around
maybe it's too late and we're too proud

starry eyes, pins and needles
cloudy skies, stupid steeples
take my hand, shallow breath
is this my last chance to tell you 
i still love you?

dyin's just a way to leave the ground
maybe we can say we came around
maybe it's too late and we're too proud
Track Name: The Great Wausau Bank Robbery or The Infamous Overland County Automobile Chase
oh brother can you tell me how it's done
cause one after another my lines have sank and swerved and spun
and i've been staring staring so deeply allured by the sight of my own setting sun

oh father could you put my mind at rest
tell me it's gets better cause i haven't been at my best
cause i've been dancing dancing to the rhythm of the haunting doubts inside my chest

I will wait till it all comes back around
till it all comes back around
till it all comes back around 

oh old man can you tell me how it ends?
cause it's been a while since my last coin was lent
cause i've been striving striving to find something to burn for but i'm afraid my fuse is spent
Track Name: The Ballad of Aldo and Kat
the sun is never setting and i am never letting go of
anything you gave me or anything your heart has ever
had a hard time getting or had some trouble letting go of
everything I've given to anything your heart has ever
held out for, gone out the door
held out for, gone out the door

the sun i see it risen' it's climbing and it's climbing
the lies that i have told you is the only thing your heart has ever
had a time forgiving or had some trouble letting go of
the only thing I've taken is the only thing your heart has ever
held out for, gone out the door, you
still want more you smile so worn

i see the sun a shinin up over the horizon
the tops of all the trees, the shadows on my feet
i'm getting tired of running from everybody wantin
to cut me to my knees and i can finally see
you still want more, your heart so worn,
you still want more, your heart so worn,

when i was young, my heart and my tongue
they worked together and i was called a liar
when i came to, i was lying next to you
and stubborn i laid as i faded away
you ran when you had my hand. i'm so afraid

when i was young, my heart and my tongue
the worked together and i was called liar
when i came to, i was lying next to you
and quickly i ran with no plan or direction
i slowed to a walk and i talked of redemption
memories i made as you lied and laid.
they'll never be true.

when i grew old, my tongue had gone cold
my heart was on fire, and i was called a liar no more
and when came to, i was far away from you
i saw what you made me, and maybe, just maybe, i let it be true
maybe, just maybe, oh maybe i let you
Track Name: A Lamentation of Oarsman Leon Whittle
so long we'll see ya christmas time,
and i swear i won't forget to call you or to write
but i'll leave my address by the phone
tell my old man it's not his fault
i'll throw forgiveness like a stone
my arms are tired and my hands are going numb
i'm humming tunes she's singing songs
if i knew the words i'd sing along

i can't complain and say,
"i left before we made our peace"
it's so mundane the way
we break our hearts at every beat

i keep it all up in my head
still i think moving on is left for better men
it's like a candle in the dark
hold on to photographs to tell you their not gone
i wrote a letter and it said
i think it's better that i stay down here instead
tell her i loved her all the same
but this heavy drinking keeps the liquor in my veins

i can't complain and say,
"i left before we made our peace"
it's so mundane the way
we break our hearts at every beat
Track Name: Stall's Massacree at New Independence
it's been twenty five years the last week of november
had a twenty dollar bill the last week of december
i learned a thing or two these last twenty-five
i've got a couple more years to go

the girl said she loved him and why would she lie
she couldn't live without him and didn't want to try
and year or two later her story shire changed
i've got a couple more years to

go downtown with the lights
if money is the problem then i should be just fine
everyone agrees that time takes it tole on me

i wanna meet a man who's money isn't spent
the second that man's got a dollar in his hand
i met one or two in these last twenty-five
i've got a couple more years to go
Track Name: The Famine Under Wood County or The Drought at the Vine & Olive Colony
if there's a problem then i'll make it worse
i think it's easy to forget just not enough to make it hurt
and when all i want to do it fly but i can't leave the ground

these glasses always keep me down
but i know it's better when i'm gone
i'm sick of stumblin round this town
i know it's better when i'm gone

are all the answers written in their eyes?
i'm making circles with my friends and makin friends with all the lies
that i make myself believe when there is nothing left to drink
yeah with six every night at just a little past five
i'm gonna cover all my troubles with a bottle or a pint
and i hope tomorrow morning brings some clarity

these glasses always bring me down
but i know it's better when i'm gone
i'm sick of stublin round this town
i know it's better when i'm gone

don't say it's easy when the grass is grown so tall
don't say it's hard if you're not moving much at all
i got a promise to keep
but i don't want to stay
i think i'm in it too deep
and now i can't get away
Track Name: Lt. Stone's Double-Crossing at Skull Hill
ya think that you have
all that you need
down by the fire
ya cover your head
and warm both your feet
the most you'll aspire
you're pointing fingers
turning heads
if her words were a light they've been shed
lie away little soul
you've got more on your mind than do most
keep it in ya

the mightiest men
with swords at their sides
ya bring to their knees
but a child with her baskets
and questioning eyes
can make you retreat
keep it in ya
now my dear
is it more than you're willing to bear?
lie away, little soul
you've got more on your mind than do most
keep it in ya

so you say "she's a liar,
forget what you're told"
try avoiding the fire while
you're poking at coals
keep your mind on the challenges
but you'll never change
just remember your promise
and forget his name

keep it in ya
now my dear
is it more that you're willing to bear?
lie away little soul
you've got more on your mind than do most
keep it in ya
Track Name: The Chicago Fire
we took the candles down
the flames had all gone out
the note that you left under the bible on my desk
said that our time had run out
said that your time had run out

your put a fire in me

we dug your hole six feet down
and lowered your into the ground
the boy that you left has a hole in his chest
i just want to tell you this

you put a fire in me
you took the fire in me