Do Not Borrow Trouble / I'll Take a Walk

by Count This Penny

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These songs were released on 7" vinyl with a pair of special shows at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in early 2012. They're based on the archival letters of Walter Persons and John Hunt, two Civil War soldiers from Wisconsin.

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released March 10, 2012

album art - Tony Cooke
special thanks to Jeff Kollath and the WVM

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Count This Penny Madison, Wisconsin

Since their first show at the Down Home's Open Hoot in 2009, CTP has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, Wisconsin Public Radio, and Wisconsin Public Television. Following their national radio debut in March, their EP hit the #6 spot on the iTunes singer-songwriter chart.

Their new album, Pitchman--the final record produced at Madison's Smart Studios--was released October 2, 2012.
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Track Name: Do Not Borrow Trouble
Father, mother ever dear
I am your unworthy son
I seat myself to tell you
Of the ground that we have won

We look for a fight at Shiloh
In the black heart of Secesh
There’s a hundred thousand soldiers here
And we can get no rest

Oh oh oh oh

The waiting here will use us up
The hardtack’s hard to take
I’ll bear it like the others do
And whisper no complaint

We’re a mile from the Tennessee River
Where the peach trees bloom and sway
I’m way down south in the land of cotton
That’s more than some can say (x2)

Oh oh oh oh

Please do not borrow trouble
I am well, I do not fear
And do not believe rumors
I am sure that you will hear

I seen old Tightass Steward
I asked him how he goes
He does not like the soldiering
No letters come from home (x2)

Oh oh oh oh

Father, mother ever dear
I am your unworthy son
I seat myself to tell you
Of the ground that we have won

Please do not borrow trouble
I am well, I do not fear
And do not believe rumors
I am sure that you will hear
Track Name: I'll Take A Walk
A call to arms 1861
I worked my farm, more work than I could get done
They need more men on the battle line to take their place
I’m a man of peace but for these enemies, it’s a fight I will embrace

I’ll take a walk

They formed our camp. we marched in lines
Had boots in grey, thick soles to help for the winter time
Us western men wore our hats in black to show our pride
Off to the east we’ll march to prove our worth and watch the sun erase the night

I’ll take a walk

At Brawner’s farm, we took our first shots
Met Jackson’s men up three to one on us from the start
I walk in the eyes of Jesus Christ, I know no other way
But I’ll split three men, they taught me how, and hold my rifle straight

I’ll take a walk

I’ll pick up the pieces of my faith
Pick up the pieces of my faith
I’ll pick up the pieces of my faith
Pick up the pieces of my faith

I got shot at Devil’s Den, picked up before the day
Sent south by track, I lost my strength along the way
Spent the last long months in Libby’s cell surrounded by men alone
I’ll keep my bible close, cause the path I’ll take from here won’t guide me home

I’ll take a walk