Home Among The Hills

by Mother's Boys

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1.
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
2.
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]
3.
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
4.
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.
5.
LITTLE MOSES 04:30
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
6.
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
7.
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]
8.
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
9.
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
10.
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
11.
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
12.
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
13.
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
14.
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
15.
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

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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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