Live From eTown Hall

by Long Road Home

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Recorded Live in May of 2009 at eTown Hall in Boulder, CO. Featuring founding members Martin Gilmore (guitar & vocals) and Justin Hoffenberg (fiddle), as well as bluegrass greats Pete Wernick (banjo - Hot Rize), Gene Libbea (bass - Nashville Bluegrass Band), and Jordan Ramsey (mandolin).

Martin Gilmore - guitar, vocals
Justin Hoffenberg - fiddle
Pete Wernick - banjo
Jordan Ramsey - mandolin
Gene Libbea - bass

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released March 1, 2010

Recorded live at eTown Hall, Boulder, CO.

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Attracted to bluegrass' power, simplicity, and honesty, Long Road Home focus on staying true to the tradition they find inspiring and meaningful. Each year more bands qualifying their brand of bluegrass with an adjective: “hard driving bluegrass”, “progressive bluegrass”, etc. Long Road Home is proud to just call themselves bluegrass. ... more

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Track Name: Two Soldiers
He was just a blue eyed Boston boy
His voice was low with pain
I'll do your bidding comrade mine
If you would do the same

But if you ride on and i should fall
You'll do as much for me
My mother at home is awaiting the news
So write to her tenderly

She is waiting at home like a patient saint
Her pale face filled with woe
Her heart will be broken when i am dead
She'll see my face no more

Just then the order came to charge
For a moment hand touched hand
They answered, "aye" and on they rode
That brave and devoted band

Straight way was the course to the top of the hill
And the rebels with shot and shell
Plowed furrows of death through the toiling ranks
And guarded them as they fell

There soon came a horrible dying sound
From the heights they could not gain
And those that doom and death had spared
Rode slowly back again

But amongst the dead at the top of the hill
Lay the boy with the golden hair
And the tall dark man that rode by his side
Lay still beside him there

There was no one to write to his blue eyed girl
The words that her lover had said
While the mother at home is awaiting her son
She'll only find him dead
Track Name: Keep Rolling
My daddy told me when I was younger
When you grow up things are gonna get harder
Times get tough, you don't know what to do,
You can stand there feeling blue
Or hit the gas and roll on through, and keep rolling

Rolling down a long, long road to somewhere
I don't know how, but soon I'm going to get there
Times get good, and times get bad,
These times are the worst I've had
Ain't no use in looking back, keep rolling

My boss started picking on my this morning
Says I'm going to give you one last warning
If you don't shape up, you'll be gone
I says I've been here too long
You can stay, I'm a moving on, I keep rolling

Rolling down a long, long road to somewhere
I don't know how, but soon I'm going to get there
Times get good, and times get bad,
These times are the worst I've had
Ain't no use in looking back, I keep rolling

Since then I spent my time making up these songs
Small jobs on the side, I seem to get along
Well life don't always treat me right
But when I'm up here in these lights
I'll make it through another night, I keep rolling

Rolling down a long, long road to somewhere
I don't know how, but soon I'm going to get there
Times get good, and times get bad,
These times are the worst I've had
Ain't no use in looking back, I keep rolling
Track Name: Butcher's Boy
She went upstairs to make her bed
Not a word to her mother said
Her mother, she went upstairs too
Said, "Daughter oh daughter, what troubles you?

Mother, oh mother, i cannot tell
About the butcher's boy I love so well
He courted me my life away
Now at home he will not stay

There is a place in London town
Where the butcher's boy goes and sits down
He takes a strange girl on his knee
And he tells to her what he won't tell to me"

Her father, he came home from work
Saying, "Where is my daughter, she seems so hurt?"
He went upstairs to give her hope
He found her hanging from a rope

So he took his knife and he cut her down
And on her boudoir these words he found
Said "Dig my grave, both wide and deep
Place a marble slab at my head and at my feet

And over my coffin place a snow white dove
To show the world that I died of love"
Track Name: Shackled to a Ball and Chain
Shackled to a ball and chain
No one heard the song he sang
About a life of pain and hurt
Just a whisper barely heard
He sang about the ones he'd slain
He sang about his evil ways
He's shackled to a ball and chain

Surrounded by these walls of stone
He suffered guilt there all alone
He dreamed of her in his embrace
He heard a cry, he saw her face
He drew his gun, his heart went cold
A shot rang out, now he's grown old
Surrounded by these walls of stone

Listen boys to what I say
From evil deeds there's no escape
They'll haunt you like the ghosts of hell
So listen boys and listen well
Or soon you will regret the day
You turned to those evil ways
You'll be shackled to a ball and chain
Track Name: Ain't No Use
Ain't no use in saying that I love you
Ain't no use in saying that I do
Ain't no use in saying that I love you
Cause you know and I know that it's true

Ain't no use in saying I'll be faithful
Ain't no use in me acting like a fool
Ain't no use in saying I'll be faithful
Cause you know and I know that it's true

It doesn't really matter what I try to do
Not a man in history that'll treat you like I do

Ain't no use in saying that I love you
Ain't no use in saying that I do
Ain't no use in saying that I love you
Cause you know and I know that it's true

Ain't no use in saying I'll be faithful
Ain't no use in me acting like a fool
Ain't no use in saying I'll be faithful
Cause you know and I know that it's true
Cause you know and I know that it's true
Ain't no use in saying that I love you
Track Name: Green Cotton
You can see him plow the fields from early spring to fall
Forty years he's been here, he's never stopped at all
But age is a funny thing it'll catch up in time
He can't plow quite so long down that never ending line

Behind the plow he thinks about the early days of his life
The youthful trance of a sweet romance in the starry southern night
Stopping for a second, he heaves a heavy sigh
as the green cotton, as the green cotton, as the green cotton starts to dry

He's walked a thousand miles and never been anywhere
Back and forth across the field in the sulty southern air
And on the road beside his home the world passed him by
And he knows that he's grown old and hangs his head to cry

Behind the plow he thinks about the early days of his life
The youthful trance of a sweet romance in the starry southern night
Stopping for a second, he heaves a heavy sigh
as the green cotton, as the green cotton, as the green cotton starts to dry
Track Name: Leaving
Well I was a stranger in love and in town
You set me up and you put me down
You had your way with me every time
But leaving would take that load off my mind

You wanted love and you wanted more
People and places like never before
You ran around like you thought I was blind
But leaving would take that load off my mind

Well you had me fooled from the day that we met
Sweet lies you told me I'll never forget
You had your way until it came time
For leaving to take that load off my mind

You wanted love and you wanted more
People and places like never before
You ran around like you thought I was blind
But leaving would take that load off my mind

Now don't you be waiting for a knock at your door
That kind of loving I don't need no more
You had your day until it came time
For leaving to take that load off my mind

You wanted love and you wanted more
People and places like never before
You ran around like you thought I was blind
But leaving would take that load off my mind
Track Name: Mary Lou
Well Mary Lou, what can I do
Miss you so, had to let you go
But what's a poor boy to do
Over you, Mary Lou?

Well I had a mind to ramble
I gambled my money away
In every little honky tonk
From here to Memphis

I got tired of this town
I had to put you down and move on
But Mary Lou, I never meant to hurt you
Like this

So Mary Lou, what can I do
Miss you so, had to let you go
But what's a poor boy to do
Over you, Mary Lou?

Well Mary Lou, what can I do
Miss you so, had to let you go
But what's a poor boy to do
Over you, Mary Lou?

Well now, I had a mind to ramble
I gambled all my money away
In every little honky tonk
From here to Memphis

I got tired of this town
I had to put you down and move on
Ah, Mary Lou, I never meant to hurt you
Like this

So Mary Lou, what can I do
Miss you so, had to let you go
But what's a poor boy to do
Over you, Mary Lou?

Well Mary Lou, what can I do
Miss you so, I had to let you go
But what's a poor boy to do
Over you, Mary Lou?
Track Name: If You're Ever Gonna Love Me
If you're ever gonna love me, well I want to know it
There's just one way that you can show it
If you don't start treating me better, you see
I'm gonna do away with me

I'm gonna go down where the water's deeper
I'm taking no chances can't you see
If you don't start treating me a little bit better
I'm gonna do away with me

If you're ever gonna love me, well I want to know it
There's just one way that you can show it
If you don't start treating me better, you see
I'm gonna do away with me

Oh won't you tell me how you feel about it
You're running me crazy can't you see
If you don't start treating me a little bit better
I'm gonna do away with me

If you're ever gonna love me, well I want to know it
There's just one way that you can show it
If you don't start treating me better, you see
I'm gonna do away with me

If you're ever gonna love me, well I want to know it
There's just one way that you can show it
If you don't start treating me better, you see
I'm gonna do away with me
Track Name: Ninety Nine Years
Been in this prison twenty years or more
Shot my woman with a forty four
Be right here 'til my dying day
I got ninety nine years and one dark day

Well the food is bad and the beds are hard
We spend all day breaking rocks in the yard
Ain't gonna change, gonna stay that way
I got ninety nine years and one dark day

Ain't no singer who can sing a song
No one's saying I ain't done wrong
Nobody told me about the righteous way
I got ninety nine years and one dark day

Never learned to read, never learned to write
My whole life's been one big fight
Ain't gonna change, gonna stay that way
I got ninety nine years and one dark day

Been in this prison twenty years or more
Shot my woman with a forty four
Be right here 'til my dying day
I got ninety nine years and one dark day
I got ninety nine years and one dark day
Track Name: 2:19
I lost everything I had in the '29 flood
My barn was buried 'neath a mile of mud
Now all I've got left is the whistle and the steam
And my baby's leaving on the 2:19

Now there's a man there preaching 'bout hell and damnation
Bouncing off the walls of the Grand Central Station
Lord I treated her bad, I treated her mean
And now she's leaving on the 2:19

I said, hey, I don't know what to do
Hey, I will remember you
Hey, I don't know what to do
My baby's leaving on the 2:19

I lost the baby with the water, and the preacher stole the bride
Lord I sent her for a bottle, but when she came back inside
She didn't have my whiskey, she didn't have my gin
She had a hat full of feathers and a wicked little grin

On the train she gets smaller, as she gets farther away
The roar covers everything I wanted to say
Was that a raindrop or a tear in your eye?
Were you drying your nails or waving goodbye?

I said, hey, I don't know what to do
Hey, I will remember you
Hey, I don't know what to do
My baby's leaving on the 2:19

I lost everything I had in the '29 flood
My barn was buried 'neath a mile of mud
Now all I've got left is the whistle and the steam
And my baby's leaving on the 2:19

Now there's a man there preaching 'bout hell and damnation
Bouncing off the walls of the Grand Central Station
Lord I treated her bad, I treated her mean
And now she's leaving on the 2:19

I said, hey, I don't know what to do
Hey, I will remember you
Hey, I don't know what to do
My baby's leaving on the 2:19

I said, hey, I don't know what to do
Hey, I will remember you
Hey, I don't know what to do
My baby's leaving on the 2:19
Track Name: Broken Vow
My daddy told me when I was younger
When you grow up things are gonna get harder
Times get tough, you don't know what to do,
You can stand there feeling blue
Or hit the gas and roll on through, and keep rolling

Rolling down a long, long road to somewhere
I don't know how, but soon I'm going to get there
Times get good, and times get bad,
These times are the worst I've had
Ain't no use in looking back, keep rolling

My boss started picking on my this morning
Says I'm going to give you one last warning
If you don't shape up, you'll be gone
I says I've been here too long
You can stay, I'm a moving on, I keep rolling

Rolling down a long, long road to somewhere
I don't know how, but soon I'm going to get there
Times get good, and times get bad,
These times are the worst I've had
Ain't no use in looking back, I keep rolling

Since then I spent my time making up these songs
Small jobs on the side, I seem to get along
Well life don't always treat me right
But when I'm up here in these lights
I'll make it through another night, I keep rolling

Rolling down a long, long road to somewhere
I don't know how, but soon I'm going to get there
Times get good, and times get bad,
These times are the worst I've had
Ain't no use in looking back, I keep rolling