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Posted By: catspaw49
12-Oct-09 - 12:54 AM
Thread Name: Thoughts on Si Kahn's songs
Subject: Lyr Add: BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN REFUGEE (Si Kahn)
Hard to find a song with more history, meaning, and truth, in a small handful of verses.............


BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN REFUGEE
(Si Kahn)
As recorded by Si Kahn and the Looping Brothers on "Aragon Mill: The Bluegrass Sessions" (2013)

1. I'm workin' in a factory, thinkin' how it feels
To be bringin' home good money like my daddy never seen;
But a feelin' follows after me, like a hound-dog at my heels,
'Cause I know that I'll never see my mountain home again.

CHORUS: Oh, they say that you can't go home again,
Never sit and talk among your childhood friends,
Never live among your neighbors and your kin,
No, you'll never see your mountain home again.

2. Down by the railway station in the early afternoon,
You can see them carryin' bundles that are all done up in twine.
They hear the whistle from the south; they're sayin' their goodbyes,
And they say they'll be back but they're leavin' for all time.

CHORUS: 'Cause they know they can't go home again,
Never sit and talk among their childhood friends,
Never live among their neighbors and their kin,
No, they'll never see their mountain homes again.

3. In Cinncinati, Baltimore, Chicago, and Detroit,
You can find us by the thousands with our husbands and our wives.
If you wonder what we're doin' here, so far from our mountain homes,
We're Blue Ridge Mountain refugees, fighting for our lives.

CHORUS: And we know we can't go home again,
Never sit and talk among our childhood friends,
Never live among our neighbors and our kin,
No, we'll never see our mountain homes again.


Spaw