Old Country Music

from by Richard Laviolette



Sunday morn, half asleep
As I woke to the shuffle of a good country beat
Let it wander, let it roll through the house
Let it rattle the windows, bring a new day about

My old man loves his old country music
Oh any old way you choose it
When he wakes up at dawn
Puts that old record on
It don’t stop 'til the needle plays through it

All the noise, all the dust on the needle
A day’s worth of dirt fills the hearts of good people
All the fights, all the carrying on
There’s no time for scrappin' when the good music’s on


Pedal steel and her echoing heart
The roll of the banjo and his famous false starts
The upright piano in the low dusty light
Shoots a crooked tooth smile to the fiddle to-night



from TAKING THE LONG WAY HOME, released March 10, 2017



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