The Real Hillbilly

from by Ben Keyes

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Went down the mountain with a new song
A man in the valley records them
But the line at the mic was a half mile long
It doesn’t matter,
the best music stays at home.

A little tune went buzzin’ by my porch swing
The fiddle it just reached out and grabbed it
Now folks in the city and suburbs can sing
Like its coursing through their veins,
They’re claiming a long lost friend

I’ve ridden the rails in a soft sleeper car
I’ve raised hell at well-to-do prep schools
drank a little of the best at respectable bars
that doesn’t matter,
The privileged life can be hard

Now I’ve tried to add mine to the long list of love songs
But I walked into love, never fell.
And I’ve tried my hand at the old murder ballad
But my loved one’s are all doing well… pretty well.

I’ve sung about the mountains but the lowlands are home
born 85 years late.
Never rambled or gambled but stayed in my room
Where the homework all got done
And the songs never strayed from home


from The Last Laugh, released October 11, 2013



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