Do Not Borrow Trouble / I'll Take a Walk

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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
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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

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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 Knoxville, Tennessee

"Graceful country-pop with gorgeous vocals and Appalachian roots."
-NPR Music

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