Boundless: Vol 001

by Count This Penny

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Boundless: Artists in the Archives is a partnership between University of Tennessee Libraries, Knoxville, and local artists. These songs are commissioned works inspired by the Dykeman-Stokely papers and the writing of James Stokely, Jr., and Wilma Dykeman Stokely.

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released December 22, 2017

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"Graceful country-pop with gorgeous vocals and Appalachian roots."
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Track Name: An Even Draw
In the time of our living we’re building our deaths
A corner of earth to make our mark
My morning’s work, my evening’s rest
Never saw much value in a heavy heart

I gave my heart to a restless man
Born under the sign of the whippoorwill
He roamed this country about as far as you can
Nightbirds always singing on his windowsill

Trouble don’t spare no man
Bury me with a hammer in my hand

I tended my own plot and parcel then
A rocky bargain for eternal Spring
In my mind it’s all galax and laurel now
A brief charmed circle, a wild dark thing

Trouble don’t spare no man
Bury me with a hammer in my hand
I’ll wear out not rust out, do all that I can
Bury me with a hammer in my hand

Love’s sense and nonsense, an even draw
I held it loose and I gave it free
I don’t claim salvation in faith or in law
I want to build a world I won’t live to see
I want to build a world I won’t live to see
Track Name: Broad River
I spent so much time on trains
Chasing down the tracks of change
Saw my kids grow up in frames
I couldn't shake the pain

I watched young men push off for war
They’d offer everything they had
Come home to the land they’d been fighting for
With a target on their back

Hustle and conviction roll the stone
And clear the land our tired hands could hoe
As sure as that broad river twists to guide you home
Seeds we plant are bound to grow

They'd hide their face, pound their chest
Lit the valley up in flames
And swing the sickle of man’s unrest
I couldn't shake the pain

We pushed back against the hate
To drown out a defiant south’s hit parade
I still couldn't shake the pain
I kept at the day by day

Hustle and conviction roll the stone
And clear the land our tired hands could hoe
As sure as that broad river twists to guide you home
Seeds we plant are bound to grow

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