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BÉLAFLECK & ABIGAIL WASHBURN

 
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CITY OF REFUGE

 
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ABIGAIL WASHBURN & THE SPARROW QUARTET

 
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SONG OF THE TRAVELING DAUGHTER

 

RAILROAD

I've been workin' on the railroad
All my live long days
I've been workin' on the railroad
Just to pass the time away

Can't ya hear the whistle blowin'
Rise up so early in the morn
Can't you hear the captain shouting
Dinah won't your blow your horn

Dinah won't ya blow
Dinah won't ya blow your horn

Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah
Someone's in the kitchen I know
Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah
Strummin' on the ol' banjo

And singin' fee fie fiddle-y-i-o

I've been working on the railroad
Boy you better listen to me
One day I'm gonna own this railroad
And everyone'll ride for free

RIDE TO YOU

On my ride to you
Where am I gonna go when you're gone

Someday soon we'll all move thru
This car won't bring me back to you, oh no
I look for you in your chair
Out the window and in my hair, uh huh
Breathe my whisper now old friend
Cause now soon will end
Remember my long brown hair and the way I loved you everywhere
O me O my, where you goin' without me

You found me all around
Up the country and way downtown, uh huh
One day we vowed til the end
Together forever weave and bend, uh huh
Close your eyes and feel the wind
This time I won't feel the wind
Remember my long brown hair and the way I loved you everywhere

On my ride to you
Where am I gonna go when you're gone

I feel you hangin' on my frame
I smell your body I spell your name, uh huh
Beneath my hands you'd move so free
These hands won't bring you back to me, oh no
Someday soon we'll all move through
This car won't bring me back to you
Remember my long brown hair and the way I loved you everywhere
O me O my, where you goin' without…

WHAT'CHA GONNA DO

What'cha gonna do, what'cha gonna do
What'cha gonna do, what'cha gonna do
What'cha gonna do, what'cha gonna do
When the land goes under the water

Can't go east, can't go west
What'cha gonna do, what'cha gonna do
Black tide's comin' here to do the rest
What'cha gonna do, what'cha gonna do
When the land goes under the water

Can't go north, can't go south
What'cha gonna do, what'cha gonna do
Can't go swim into a big whale's mouth
What'cha gonna do, what'cha gonna do

The land is broke skies are too
What'cha gonna do, what'cha gonna do
Too late for runnin' when it comes for you
What'cha gonna do, what'cha gonna do

LITTLE BIRDIE

Two little birdies all in the nest
Other little birdie's just a takin' his rest
Other little birdie jumps in the sky,
fly little birdie oh fly

Little birdie why'd you fly so soon
Little birdie why'd you fly so soon
Has your momma been gone too long?
Has your momma been gone too long?

Crocodile waitin' by the river bed
Hasn't had a meal since he don't know when
Lookin' down low, lookin' up high
Little birdie tumbles from the sky

Croc says little fella don't you know
It's dangerous in this world below
Tales your mom tells are real
Now you're gonna be my evening meal
Just then come the sound of wings
Momma grabs the birdie and flies

PRETTY POLLY

Polly, pretty Polly come go along with me
‘Fore we get married some pleasures to see

She climbed up behind him and away they did ride
O'er the mountains to the other side

Willy, oh Willy I'm afraid of your ways
I fear your intention to lead me astray

They rode o'er the mountains and valleys so deep
Soon pretty Polly she began to weep

Polly, pretty Polly your guess is ‘bout right
I dug on your grave the better part of last night

He stabbed her to the heart, her heart's blood it did flow
Into the grave pretty Polly did go

Oh Pretty Polly

Well now gentlemen and ladies I bid you farewell
For killing pretty Polly I soon will be in hell

SHOTGUN BLUES

If I had a shotgun
And you were in the woods
I'd hunt you down and tell you
You're no good

If I had a shotgun
You'd fall down on your knees
I'd get you talkin'
And you'd start beggin' please

So gimme a shotgun and don't you run now
Cause if you run now you know what I'd have to do

If I thought you felt bad
‘Bout what you done to me
I'd let you go
But boy you're just too mean

Wish I was a big girl
Could let my heart be free
But if I was a big girl
I'd have you hung in a tree

AND AM I BORN TO DIE

And am I born to die
To lay this body down
And must my trembling spirit fly
Into a world unknown

Soon as from earth I go
What will become of me
Eternal happiness or woe
What shall my portion be

A land of deepest shade
Un-pierced by human thought
The dreary regions of the dead
Where all things are forgot

WHAT ARE THEY DOING IN HEAVEN TODAY?

I'm thinkin' today of some friends that I know
Who lived and suffered in this world below
They've gone up to Heaven but I want to know
What are they doin' right now?

What are they doing in Heaven today
Where sin and sorrow have all done away?
Peace abounds like a river they say
but what are they doing right now?

There's some whose bodies were full disease
Physicians and doctors couldn't give them much ease
They suffered 'til death brought a final release
But what are they doing right now?

There's some who were poor and often despised
They looked up to Heaven with tear-blinded eyes
While others were heedless and deaf to their cries
What are they doin' right now?

BYE BYE BABY BLUES

I'd fly, I'd fly to hold you
Catch you by the tail
Your smile would console
But our reflection bled me pale

I tried, I tried to find him
The man who'd make me whole
The third one sank my boat
Fourth time the banks overflowed

And it's bye bye pretty baby, baby bye bye
Bye bye pretty baby, baby bye bye
Well I'll probably never see ya anymore
May God bless you everywhere you go
And it's bye bye pretty baby, baby bye bye

I'll drift upon the water
Princess of the blue
My billowing sail
Won't bring me back to you

So long, farewell my darlin'
The moon is hangin' low
A free girl in a free world
Is always bound to go