"...kissed a pretty girl and settled down"Old Berle Jones" is a wonderful time and place song. About the indentured-like servitude lives of Appalachian miners, the hard life both above and below ground, plus personal pride and attachment to land, the last verse goes:
But there was a life-long battle brewin'
On a new and dangerous ground
He'd talk about God and he'd talk about the general
And when he was drinking
They were one and the same
From the bottom of the glass
Like the bottom of the trenches
He came up fighting no matter who was in the way..."
"...A mountain tear down a granite faceThe beginnings of alcoholism is depicted in "Message In A Bottle." At a church camp retreat, a young man picks up a whiskey bottle and finishes it off with some buddies:
Sitting in the twilight of the old home place
He tells his son 'tell your son'
Ain't much to look at but this is where you're from..."
"...I chugged it down with my two best friendsAfter immersing himself in the fast life, he eventually journeys away from drink, singing:
For me it was religion, for them it was sin..."
"...It's been some years now that I've been dryOthers selections worthy of mention include the title cut "American Road," with its mix of Irish immigration, the ending of slavery and equal rights for women storylines, "Ride Out Of Reno," a family history tale and the reflective "From The Top Of The Hill," featuring a descriptive blend of nature's everyday wonders scattered among a personal creed of satisfied optimism.
It's been an ocean of tears but one hell of a rid
I've got some scars yeah there's no doubt
Half from the doing half from the doing without..."
"Well my sister mary is cheating on her husband againAnd it's 'downhill' from there.
And my cousin Roxanne has run off with a woman
Who used to be my old live in
Dad says he'll stay on top of the world
Long as step mom stays deceased
Sweet aunt Ilene is now my Uncle Norman
And then there's me..."
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