Live From eTown Hall

by Long Road Home

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1.
03:48
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
2.
03:22
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
3.
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"
4.
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
5.
02:05
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
6.
04:14
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
7.
03:17
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
8.
05:15
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?
9.
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
10.
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
11.
04:02
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
12.
03:48
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

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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

www.longroadhomebluegrass.com

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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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