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Track List for Grounded

  1. Road to Damascus
  2. You Plant Your Fields
  3. Salt Creek
  4. Molly and Tenbrooks
  5. You Don’t Have to Move that Mountain
  6. Jenny’s Chickens
  7. Stray Dogs and Alley Cats
  8. Mole in the Ground
  9. Water Bound
  10. Orphan Girl

Road to Damascus- Mike Voth

I curse your name, you deceive me,
In my mind, I’m no longer free,
So I will go, and shed these memories
On this road, don’t you follow me

I was blinded by fear and doubt
I was led to this road to Damascus
I bid farewell to what used to be
The lies of the past, I no longer see

I traveled down this road of sorrow,
A shining light, gave me hope for tomorrow,
The day has come to shed these memories,
Now I am free, and forever I will be

I was blinded by fear and doubt
I was led to this road to Damascus
I bid farewell to what used to be
The lies of the past, I no longer see

Credits:
Amber- fiddle, vocals
Erin- dulcimer
Levi- guitar
Daniel-bass

The Story:
We went to South Plains College with Mike Voth.  Last summer, we visited him in Chico, CA and he played this song for us.  As we were getting ready for this record project, we felt like we needed one more song.  Immediately, we both thought of “Road to Damascus” and it has quickly become one of our favorites, both on the record and in our live shows.  It tells the story of Saul’s conversion in Acts 9.


You Plant Your Fields- W. Waldman, D Lowery

My father said, some things you learn
By only doing when it comes your turn
Everything comes around, so be ready if you can
Prepare your heart like a farmer turns his land

And you plant your fields when the spring is tender,
When the summer beats down, you pray for rain,
You hope for the harvest, and you long for the winter,
And then you plant, your fields again

He spoke right to my restless soul
Still wild and hungry, and beyond control
For all that you dream, there’s a time and a place,
But you won’t know it, until it comes your turn

And you plant your fields when the spring is tender,
When the summer beats down, you pray for rain,
You hope for the harvest, and you long for the winter,
And then you plant, your fields again

Credits:
Amber- fiddle, vocals, harmony vocals
Erin-dulcimer
Levi- guitar, harmony vocals

The Story:
Life goes through seasons just like the land.  Some seasons are hard and rough; some are sweet and beautiful.  Each season eventually comes to an end and ushers in another one. As we travel about the country, we always miss the plains and farmland of our home in Kansas.  This song reminds of those things. 


Salt Creek- Traditional

Credits:
Amber- fiddle
Erin- mountain dulcimer
Levi- banjo
Daniel- guitar, bass

The Story:
This is one of our favorite fiddle tunes to play in jam sessions across the country.  It is one of those tunes that everyone seems to know, no matter where they are from.  Amber is usually accused of playing it too fast, especially if she has had a couple cups of coffee first!  This is definitely a highly-caffeinated version.

 


Molly and Tenbrooks- Traditional

Tenbrooks was a big bay horse, he wore a shaggy mane,
He ran all around Memphis, he beat the Memphis train
He beat the Memphis train oh lord, he beat the Memphis train

See that train a coming, it’s coming around that curve
See old Tenbrooks flying, he’s straining every nerve,
He’s straining every nerve oh lord, he’s straining every nerve

Run o Molly run, run o Molly run,
Tenbrooks gonna beat you, to that bright shining sun
To that bright shining sun oh lord, to that bright shining sun

Credits:
Amber-fiddle, banjo, lead vocal, harmony vocals
Erin-dulcimer
Levi- awesome guitar break
Daniel- bass

The Story:
Last year would have been Bill Monroe’s (the “Father of Bluegrass Music”) one hundredth birthday.  This was one song he often sang, so we learned it in honor of him and the legacy of music he left us.

 


You Don’t Have to Move that Mountain- Keith Whitley

Well we must climb a great high mountain
To reach God’s gracious kingdom
But in His word, you’ll find your strength
If you will just believe it

You don’t have to move that mountain, just help me Lord to climb it
You don’t have to move that stumbling block, just show me the way around it

Well the way is filled with pitfalls
And sometimes we may falter
But you can have his grace my friends
On your knees, down at that alter

You don’t have to move that mountain, just help me Lord to climb it
You don’t have to move that stumbling block, just show me the way around it

Credits:
Amber- fiddle, vocals
Erin-dulcimer
Daniel-bass

The Story:
This was one of the first songs we learned years ago when we started playing together.  We eventually got tired of it and stopped playing it.  One day, Amber brought it up at a jam session and it quickly returned to our “favorites” list.  There have been many “mountains” and “stumbling blocks” along the way as we have sought to follow the Lord’s path for our lives.  We certainly believe that God can move those things out of our way, but many times we are asked to persevere in spite of them. The good news is that He always makes a way.

 


Stray Dogs and Alley Cats- Harley Allen

Every Sunday in my Mama’s church, I take some money out of Mama’s purse
As she was praying I would slip away, down at the pool hall I’d play all day
I’d come home and she’d just shake her head, you’re fluffing pillows on the devil’s bed
I’d say Mom I know just how you feel, I made enough to cover all our bills

Too bad for heaven and too good for hell, little wings are better than big tails
I don’t expect to sit at God’s right hand, but I couldn’t empty heavens garbage cans
Oh, oh, hope there is room on those golden streets, for stray dogs and alley cats like me

If they won’t let me in the big front gate, maybe I could sneak in the back way,
I know my halo wouldn’t shine real bright, but it would get me through the clouds at night
And I don’t care if I’m the last to sing, or if I’ve got the smallest set of wings
I’d watch the little devils down on earth, and follow them as they’d sneak out of church

Too bad for heaven and too good for hell, little wings are better than big tails
I don’t expect to sit at God’s right hand, but I couldn’t empty heavens garbage cans
Oh, oh, hope there is room on those golden streets, for stray dogs and alley cats like me

Credits:
Amber-fiddle, vocals
Erin-dulcimer

The Story:
We first heard this song performed by one of the bluegrass ensembles at South Plains College and fell in love with it immediately.  It is just one of those songs that everyone can relate to.  We’re thankful that God loves “stray dogs and alley cats” like us.

 


Mole in the Ground- Traditional

I wish I was a mole in the ground
Well I wish I was a mole in the ground
If I’s a mole in the ground, I’d root that mountain down,
Oh I wish I was a mole in the ground

I wish I was a lizard in the spring
I wish I was a lizard in the spring
If I’s a lizard in the spring, I’d hear my children sing
Oh I wish I was a lizard in the spring

My baby wants a nine dollar shawl
Yes my baby wants a nine dollar shawl,
When I come around that mountain with my twenty dollar bill she’ll say
Honey where you been so long

I wish I was a train on the track
Yes I wish I was a train on the track
If I’s a train on the track, I’d pull away and never come back
I wish I was a train on the track

Don’t marry no railroading man
Don’t you marry no railroading man
Well he’ll kill you if he can, and he’ll drink your blood like wine
Don’t you marry no railroading man

I wish I was a mole in the ground
Well I wish I was a mole in the ground
If I’s a mole in the ground, I’d root that mountain down,
Oh I wish I was a mole in the ground

Credits:
Amber-banjo, vocals
Erin-dulcimer
Daniel-guitar

The Story:
We couldn’t make an album without including one silly old-time song.  The lyrics are nonsensical and that is why we love it.  Besides, our parents always taught us that we should have high aspirations and set big goals.  What could be a higher aspiration than “I wish I was a mole in the ground.”?

 


Water Bound- Traditional

I went out late one night
The moon and stars were shining bright
Storm come up and the trees go down
Water bound and I can’t home

Water bound on a stranger’s shore
Rivers rising to my door
Carried my home to the fields below
Water bound nowhere to go

Carve my name on an old barn door
No one know’d I was there at all
Stable’s dry on a winter’s night
Turn you head you can see the light

Black ant crawling on an old box car
It’s a rusty door, it’s a falling star
Ain’t got a dime in my nation sack
Water bound and I can’t get back

Say my name and don’t forget
The water still ain’t got me yet
The river’s wide and the river’s long
I’ll meet you boys on the other side

It’s all gone and I won’t be back
Don’t believe me count my tracks
Ain’t nothing but I’m bound to roam
Water bound and I can’t get back

Credits:
Amber-fretless banjo, vocals
Erin-dulcimer

The Story:
One day, Amber suggested we learn the song “Waterbound.”  I quickly agreed and we went our separate ways to work out the tune on our respective instruments.  When we came back together, we promptly discovered that there are two different versions of “Waterbound”, which are not the same at all.  In good sisterly fashion, we decided to compromise and play both versions.  Amber starts it out and Erin gets the last word.  This song features Amber’s 1800’s fretless banjo which was made by George P. Matthews in Birmingham, England.

 


Orphan Girl- Gillian Welch

I am an orphan on God’s highway
But I’ll share my troubles if you go my way
I have no mother, no father, no sister, no brother
I am an orphan girl

I have had friendships pure and golden
But the ties of kinship, I have not known them
I know no mother, no father, no sister, no brother
I am an orphan girl

Oh when He calls me, I will be able
To meet my family at God’s table
I’ll meet my mother, my father, my sister, my brother
No more an orphan girl

Oh blessed Savior, come make me willing
And walk beside me until I’m with them
Oh be my mother, my father, my sister, my brother
No more an Orphan Girl

I am an orphan on God’s highway
But I’ll share my troubles if you go my way
I have no mother, no father, no sister, no brother
I am an orphan girl

Credits:
Amber-fiddle, vocals
Erin-dulcimer

The Story:
Last summer, we partnered with an organization called Holt International They are an international adoption and child-welfare organization.  We also made a music video for Orphan Girl”.  Now, we play this song at every show to raise awareness about orphans world-wide… and because we really like it! 


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