Home Among The Hills

by Mother's Boys

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A warm tribute to the immortal music of the Carter Family, with 15 of their songs from 1927-1941. The bedrock of modern country music done with multiple harmonies, guitars, bass, banjo, and mandolin.

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released July 18, 2017

"Mother's Boys" includes Rick Cunha, whose warm vocal stylings reflect his Hawiian roots, David Dawson, autoharpist and singer from New Mexico and a fellow band member in Rick's 1960s group, Hearts and Flowers, bassist David Jackson, who also plays piano and accordian, and Peter Feldmann, multi-instrumentalist and singer. Jackson, Dawson, and Cunha were members of the seminal folk rock group Hearts & Flowers in the 1960s. They have performed with Emmy Lou Harris, Hoyt Axton, Mason Williams, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, and Rose Maddox among many others.
Mother's Boys had help from friends on certain tracks during the 6-year recording process, including Aubrey Richmond, Maria Smiley, Fred Sokolow, Susie Glaze, and Laurie Lewis.

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Track Name: YOU'VE BEEN A FRIEND TO ME
YOU'VE BEEN A FRIEND TO ME
Oh, I'll ne'er forget where e'er I roam
Where ever you may be
If ever I have had a friend
You have been that friend to me
My bark of life was tossing down
The troubled stream of time
When first I saw your smiling face
And youth was in its prime
Oh, I'll ne'er forget where e'er I roam
Where ever you may be
If ever I have had a friend
You have been that friend to me
[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
Misfortune nursed me as her child
And loved me fondly, too
I would have had a broken heart
Had it not been for you
Oh, I'll ne'er forget where e'er I roam
Where ever you may be
If ever I have had a friend
You have been that friend to me
[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
Now I look back upon the past
Acrost life's troubled seas
And smile to think of all I've seen
You've been a friend to me
Oh, I'll ne'er forget where e'er I roam
Where ever you may be
If ever I have had a friend
You have been that friend to me
Oh, I'll ne'er forget where e'er I roam
Where ever you may be
If ever I have had a friend
You have been that friend to me
Track Name: MY CLINCH MOUNTAIN HOME
MY CLINCH MOUNTAIN HOME
Far away on the hills
To a sunny mountainside
Many years ago we parted
My little Ruth and I
From this sunny mountainside
She clung to me and trembled
When I told her we must part
She said "Don't go, my darling
it almost breaks my heart
To think of you so far apart"
Carry me back to old Virginny
Back to my Clinch Mountain home
Carry me back to old Virginny
Back to my Clinch Mountain home
Well, a-le-ho, le-ho-lay-ee
Well, a-le-ho, le-ho-lee
Yeah, lee-oh-lay-ee-hee
Oh, my mountain home
I folded my arms around her
Leaned her head against my breast
I told her I would wed her
When I came back from the west
Back to my Clinch Mountain home
In my hand I hold a picture
Of the old home far away
In the other one my sweetheart
I'm thinking of today
On the sunny mountainside
Carry me back to old Virginny
Back to my Clinch Mountain home
Carry me back to old Virginny
Back to my Clinch Mountain home
Well, a-le-ho, le-ho-lay-ee
Well, a-le-ho, le-ho-lee
Yeah, lee-oh-lay-ee-hee
Oh, my mountain home
[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
My mother's old and feeble
My father's getting gray
I'm going back to Virginia
And I expect to stay
At my old Clinch Mountain home
[CHORUS]
Track Name: CARTER'S BLUES
CARTERS' BLUES (CARTER'S BLUES)
As I woke up one morning fair
To view the fields and take the air
For to view the fields and the meadows around
I thought I heard some mournful sound
I thought I heard my true love say
"Oh, do turn and come this way"
Yodel-ay-ee, oh-lay-ee, ay-oh-lay-ee
You love some other, you don't love me
You care not for my company
You love some other, and I know why
Because he has more gold than I
But gold will melt and silver will fly
My love for you will never die
Yodel-ay-ee, oh-lay-ee, ay-oh-lay-ee
[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
There is a flower, I've heard them say
That can be seen from day to day
And if that flower I only could find
To cure this aching heart of mine
Yodel-ay-ee, oh-lay-ee, ay-oh-lay-ee
[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
So fare you well, my charming little love
Oh, meet me in that land above
And when we meet there in that land
We'll take no more this parting hand
Yodel-ay-ee, oh-lay-ee, ay-oh-lay-ee
Track Name: MY HOME AMONG THE HILLS
MY HOME AMONG THE HILLS

Got a home in the hills of old Virginia I love still
And it stand near the lonesome pine
And I long to go back to that vine covered shack
Where I left that old mother of mine

I can still see her there in that old rocking chair
In my home among the hills
And I seem to hear her say "Why did you go away
From your home among the hills?"

The pine tree stands alone near my old Virigina home
And that silver haired mother of mine
I can see her smiling face and that old familiar place
In my home among the hills

I'm leaving here today, I am going back to stay
In my home among the hills
How happy we will be near the lonesome pine tree
In my home among the hills.
Track Name: LITTLE MOSES
LITTLE MOSES
Away by the river so clear, the ladies were winding their way
And Pharaoh's little daughter stepped down in the water
To bathe in the cool of the day
Before it was dark she opened the ark
And found the sweet infant was there
Before it was dark she opened the ark
And found the sweet infant was there
And away by the river so blue, the infant was lonely and sad
She took him in pity and thought him so pretty
And it made little Moses so glad
She called him her own, her beautiful son
And sent for a nurse that was near
She called him her own, her beautiful son
And sent for a nurse that was near
[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
And away by the river so clear, they carried the beautiful child
To his own tender mother, his sister and brother
Little Moses looked happy and smiled
His mother so good done all that she could
To rear him and teach him with care
His mother so good done all that she could
To rear him and teach him with care
[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
And away by the sea that was red, little Moses, the servant of God
While in him confided the sea was divided
As upward he lifted his rod
The Jews they could cross while Pharaoh's host
Was drownded in the waters and lost
The Jews they could cross while Pharaoh's host
Was drownded in the waters and lost
And away on the mountain so high, the last one that ever might see
While in his victorious, his hope was most glorious
He'd soon o'er the Jordan be free
When his labors did cease he parted in peace
And rested in the heavens above
When his labors did cease he parted in peace
And rested in the heavens above
Track Name: SINGLE GIRL, MARRIED GIRL
SINGLE GIRL, MARRIED GIRL
[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
Single girl, single girl, she's going dressed fine
Oh, she's going dressed fine
Married girl, married girl, she wears just any kind
Oh, she wears just any kind
[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
Single girl, single girl, she goes to the store and buys
Oh, she goes to the store and buys
Married girl, married girl, she rocks the cradle and cries
Oh, she rocks the cradle and cries
[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
Single girl, single girl, she's going where she please
Oh, she's going where she please
Married girl, married girl, baby on her knees
Oh, baby on her knees
Track Name: I'M THINKING TONIGHT OF MY BLUE EYES
I'M THINKING TONIGHT OF MY BLUE EYES

Would have been better for us both had we never
In this wide and wicked world had never met
For the pleasure we've both seen together
I am sure, love, I'll never forget
Oh, I'm thinking tonight of my blue eyes
Who is sailing far over the sea
Oh, I'm thinking tonight of my blue eyes
And I wonder if he ever thinks of me
[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
Oh, you told me once, dear, that you loved me
You said that we never would part
But a link in the chain has been broken
Leaves me with a sad and aching heart
Oh, I'm thinking tonight of my blue eyes
Who is sailing far over the sea
Oh, I'm thinking tonight of my blue eyes
And I wonder if he ever thinks of me
[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
When the cold, cold grave shall enclose me
Will you come, dear, and shed just one tear
And say to the strangers around you
A poor heart you have broken lies here
Oh, I'm thinking tonight of my blue eyes
Who is sailing far over the sea
Oh, I'm thinking tonight of my blue eyes
And I wonder if he ever thinks of me
[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
Track Name: FOGGY MOUNTAIN TOP
FOGGY MOUNTAIN TOP
If I was on some foggy mountain top
I'd sail away to the west
I'd sail around this whole wide world
To the girl I love the best
If I had listened what mama says
I would not have been here today
A-lying around this old jail house
A-weeping my sweet life away
Yeah, oh-lay-ee-oh, lee-oh-la-ee-ay
Lee-oh-lay-ee, lay-ee, oh-lay-ee
[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
Oh, if you see that girl of mine
There's something you must tell her
She need not be foolin' no time away
To court some other feller
Oh, she's caused me to weep, she's caused me to mourn
She caused me to leave my home
For the lonesome pine and the good old times
I'm on my way back home
Yeah, oh-lay-ee-oh, lee-oh-la-ee-ay
Lee-oh-lay-ee, lay-ee, oh-lay-ee
[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
Oh, when you go a-courtin'
I'll tell you how to do
Pull off that long-tailed roustabout
Put on your navy blue
Yeah, oh-lay-ee-oh, lee-oh-la-ee-ay
Lee-oh-lay-ee, lay-ee, oh-lay-ee
Track Name: JIMMY BROWN THE NEWSBOY
JIMMY BROWN THE NEWSBOY

I'm very cold and hungry, sir
My clothes are worn and thin
I wander about from place to place
My daily bread to win

[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
But never mind, sir, how I look
Don't swear at me or frown
I sell the morning papers, sir
My name is Jimmy Brown
[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
I sell the morning papers, sir
My name is Jimmy Brown
Most everybody knows
I am the newsboy of the town
[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
My father was a drunkard, sir
I've heard my mother say
But I am helping mother out
By journeying on the way
[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
I sell the morning papers, sir
My name is Jimmy Brown
Most everybody knows
I am the newsboy of the town
Track Name: STERN OLD BACHELOR
STERN OLD BACHELOR
I am a stern old bachelor, my age is 44
I do declare I'll never live with women anymore
I have a stove that's worth 10 cents, a table worth 15
I cook my gruel in oyster cans and keep my things so clean
Oh, little sod shanty
Little sod shanty give to me
For I'm a stern old bachelor
From matrimony free
[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
When I come home at night, I smile and walk right in
I never hear a voice shout out, I say, where have you been
On a cold and stormy night, in my cozy little shack
I sing my songs and think my thoughts with no one to talk back
Oh, little sod shanty
Little sod shanty give to me
For I'm a stern old bachelor
From matrimony free
[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
I go to bed whene'er I please and get up just the same
I change my socks three times a year with no one to complain
At night when I'm in peaceful sleep my snores can do no harm
I never have to walk the floor with a baby in my arms
Oh, little sod shanty
Little sod shanty give to me
For I'm a stern old bachelor
From matrimony free
[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
And when I die and go heaven as all good bachelors do
I will not have to grieve for fear my wife will get there, too
Oh, little sod shanty
Little sod shanty give to me
For I'm a stern old bachelor
From matrimony free
Track Name: COAL MINER'S BLUES
COAL MINER'S BLUES

Some blues are just blues
Mine are the miner's blues
Some blues are just blues
Mine are the miner's blues
My troubles are coming
By threes and by twos
[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

Blues and more blues
It's a coal black blues
Blues and more blues
It's a coal black blues
Got coal in my hair
Got coal in my shoes
[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

These blues are soul blue
They are the coal black blues
These blues are soul blue
They are the coal black blues
For my place will cave in
And my life I will lose
[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

You say they are blues
These old miner's blues
You say they are blues
These old miner's blues
Now I must have sharpened
These picks that I use
[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

I'm out with these blues
Dirty coal black blues
I'm out with these blues
Dirty coal black blues
We'll lay off tomorrow
With the coal miner's blues
Track Name: MY DIXIE DARLIN'
DIXIE DARLING
Way down below the Mason-Dixon line
There's where the honeysuckle are entwined
There's where the southern winds are blowin'
There's where the daisies' growin'
Girls up north in their gay finery
Whirling around in their soft satee
Singing the song of my dixie darling
Where I long to be

My dixie darlin'
Listen to the song I sing
Beneath the silv'ry moon
With my banjo right in tune
My heart's forever true
I love no one but you
My dixie darling
My dixie queen
Goin' down south, gonna have a good time
See my girl down in old Caroline
Drink my booze and do as I please
For all the girls I long to squeeze
Singing the song of my dixie darling
That's where I Long to be going
That's where the jellyroll's rolling
With my dixie queen
My dixie darlin'
Listen to the song I sing
Beneath the silv'ry moon
With my banjo right in tune
My heart's forever true
I love no one but you
My dixie darling
My dixie queen
Track Name: OH, TAKE ME BACK
OH, TAKE ME BACK
[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

Woke up this morning and I could not keep from crying
Woke up this morning and I could not keep from crying
My good gal left me
With a troubling mind
[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

Oh, just look where that evening sun has gone
Oh, just look where that evening sun has gone
Gone down behind the mountain
And it won't be back till morn
[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

Oh, hand me that long distance phone
Oh, hand me that long distance phone
Gonna talk to my honey
All night long
[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

Oh, take me back and try me one more time
Oh, take me back and try me one more time
And if I don't do
Then send me down the line
Track Name: SWEET HEAVEN IN MY VIEW
SWEET HEAVEN IN MY VIEW

Got sweet heaven in my view, hallelujah
On my journey I press on, praise the Lord
For I'm bound for that holy city
Got sweet heaven in my view
Oh, my mother, she died and left me
I'm alone in this world, I'm alone
And my father, he won't own me
Got to find me another home
Got sweet heaven in my view, hallelujah
On my journey I press on, praise the Lord
For I'm bound for that holy city
Got sweet heaven in my view
Oh, you need not talk about me
Just because I am crippled and blind
For I've got my ticket purchased
I've reach heaven just on time
Got sweet heaven in my view, hallelujah
On my journey I press on, praise the Lord
For I'm bound for that holy city
Got sweet heaven in my view
[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
And when I get to heaven
Take a seat and set right down
Looking up to my heavenly father
Looking for a robe and a crown
Got sweet heaven in my view, hallelujah
On my journey I press on, praise the Lord
For I'm bound for that holy city
Got sweet heaven in my view
Track Name: KEEP ON THE SUNNY SIDE
KEEP ON THE SUNNY SIDE

There's a dark and a troubled side of life
There's a bright and a sunny side, too
Though we meet with the darkness and strife
The sunny side we also may view

Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side
Keep on the sunny side of life
It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way
If we'll keep on the sunny side of life

[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

The storm and its fury broke today
Crushing hopes that we cherished so dear
Clouds and storm will in time pass away
The sun again will shine bright and clear

Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side
Keep on the sunny side of life
It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way
If we'll keep on the sunny side of life

[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

Let us greet with a song of hope each day
Though the moment be cloudy or fair
Let us trust in our savior always
To keep us every one in his care

Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side
Keep on the sunny side of life
It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way
If we'll keep on the sunny side of life