Mountain Blood

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He was born in North Carolina
In the year of who knows when
Underneath a moon shaped like a mandolin
They baptized him American, in the Appalachian mud
And there was tar on the heels of the man with the mountain blood

Just below the fall line
In a cabin on the hill
He grew up with the bible on the windowsill
The Carters on the radio sang songs of life and love
And the leaves turned color for the man with the mountain blood

Mountain Blood
Flowing in my veins
Dogwood flowers
Railroad trains
The high water mark
From Noah's flood
Couldn't wash away
My mountain blood

He survived the great depression
Was too young for WWII
Spent 9 months in Korea as a P.O.W.
The reds tried hard to break him down, but he wouldn't budge
There was a fire in the heart of the man with the mountain blood

Mountain Blood
Flowing in my veins
Dogwood flowers
Railroad trains
The high water mark
From Noah's flood
Couldn't wash away
My mountain blood

They brought him home in '53
Now he's pushing 84
His old bones are wearing thin in an old folk's home in Georgia
His kids are grown, his wife is gone
He knows he doesn't have too long to wait
Until the autumn closes in
And those Carolina mountain leaves turn red again

Mountain Blood
Flowing in my veins
Dogwood flowers
Railroad trains
The high water mark
From Noah's flood
Couldn't wash away
My mountain blood

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from Last Year's Leaves, released November 4, 2014
Matt Lowen: Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Banjo, Dobro, Piano

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“Last Year’s Leaves” is an acoustic blend of zen, bluegrass, and americana—it’s the music you hear in the autumn wind as the leaves turn colour; it’s the music the moon makes as it scrapes against the edges of the summer sky; it’s the music of change, of transition, of life as we live it. ... more

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