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lyrics

If my ears hear a sigh of that shiny red violin
Clear by the Rivanna, down in the Blue Ridge
By the dog bags and trash
By the bottles and cans
And the dead beat brown grass
And the packed dirt, in the Blue Ridge
Then my home must be around another good old Virginia block

If my ears hear a note on the cello, so low
Then a double stopping bow
From my headphones, in the Blue Ridge
Out walking at noon
Appearing under the white of the daytime moon
Keeping my big blue balloon
In my tight fist, in the Blue Ridge
Then my home must be around another good old Virginia block

If my ears hear the sound
Of a slate rock on the ground
Clicking the drops of the rain coming down
Along a front walk, in the Blue Ridge
The rim of dirt on the brim of a brow
The skin of sweat on the handle of a plow
Miles and miles of tobacco in the south
From a back road in the Blue Ridge
Then my home must be around another good old Virginia block

I've got family in Canada, family in New York
I've got friends in every other place I've played
But I can't keep from planting all my plans of family stuff
Down between the weeds in the red dirt clay

Where my ears hear a hundred bees
Riding that upwarding breeze
A veil and a bucket by a pair of oak trees
Just another blonde kid, in the Blue Ridge
It's all to make a pattern of love
To roost a lava field of white doves
With just a pitch fork and a pair of thick gloves
For your whole life, in the Blue Ridge
The pick up and go
The bent back and the grunt-chucked coal
The gleam of your white underclothes
In the back seat, in the Blue Ridge
The pile of bacon by a couple fried eggs
Kiss marks and hearts on a picnic table leg
The quartet fretting on up in my head
On my long walk, through the Blue Ridge
And my home comes up around another good old Virginia block

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from Keep Your Silver Shined, released April 16, 2007

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Devon Sproule Charlottesville, Virginia

north american music with weirdo roots. ds was raised on eco-villages in ontario and virginia. she works with tin angel records and tours solo and with a band (bernice from toronto when possible!) in europe, n america, and australia.

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