Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Vol. II

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    Life's Railway To Heaven with Johnny Cash and The Carter Fa

    Life is like a mountain railway, with an engineer that's brave
    We must make the run successful, from the cradle to the grave,
    Heed the curves, the hills, the tunnels, never falter never fail,
    Keep your hand upon the throttle, and your eye upon the rail.

    Blessed Savior, thou will guide us,
    Till we reach that blissful shore,
    Where the angels wait to join us,
    In God's praise for evermore.

    As we roll along the mainline, there'll be storms and there'll be night,
    There'll be sidetracks unexpected, on the left and on the right,
    But with the straight always before us, and our hearts upon the prize,
    There'll be no disembarkation until we reach paradise.

    Blessed Savior, thou will guide us,
    Till we reach that blissful shore,
    Where the angels wait to join us,
    In God's praise forevermore.

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    Grandpa Was A Carpenter with John Prine

    Oh, grandpa wore his suit to dinner nearly every day
    No particular reason, he just dressed that way
    Brown necktie with a matching vest and both his wingtip shoes
    He built a closet on our back porch and put a penny in a burned-out fuse

    Grandpa was a carpenter, he built houses, stores and banks
    Chain-smoked camel cigarettes, and hammered nails in planks
    He would level on the level, he shaved even every door
    And voted for eisenhower, 'cause lincoln won the war

    Well, he used to sing me blood on the saddle; and rock me on his knee
    And let me listen to the radio before we got tv
    Well, he'd drive to church on sunday and he'd take me with him too
    Stained glass in every window, hearing aids in every pew

    Grandpa was a carpenter, he built houses, stores and banks
    Chain-smoked camel cigarettes, and hammered nails in planks
    He would level on the level, he shaved even every door
    And voted for eisenhower, 'cause lincoln won the war

    Well, my grandma was a teacher, she went to school in bowling green
    Traded in a milking cow for a singer sewing machine
    Well, she called her husband mister, ; and she walked real
    tall and proud She used to buy me comic books after grandpa died

    Grandpa was a carpenter, he built houses, stores and banks
    Chain-smoked camel cigarettes, and hammered nails in planks
    He would level on the level, he shaved even every door
    And voted for eisenhower, 'cause lincoln won the war
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    When I Get My Rewards with Levon Helm

    Oh the the night is so still, not a baby will cry
    Not a chill wind will blow, disturbing the sky
    But there's no peace in me, I'm burning for you
    I'm walking the floor in the devil's shoes.

    When I get my rewards, I will bring them to you
    I shall ask for your love, and swear mine is true
    Will you cast me aside, and see me no more?
    How can I win your heart when I get my rewards?

    They say that your hair can never touch mine
    That a poor boy can't hope for a woman so fine
    But I work till I fall, determined to win
    Driven by need to see you again
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    Don't You Hear Jerusalem Moan with New Grass Revival

    Don't you hear Jerusalem moan?
    Don't never let a chicken get big enough to crow
    Don't you hear Jerusalem moan?

    Don't you hear Jerusalem moan?
    Don't you hear Jerusalem moan?
    Thank God there's a heaven and a ringing in my soul and my soul's got free
    Don't you hear Jerusalem moan?

    Well a hard-shell preacher you can tell him how he do
    Well he chews his own tobacco and he drinks his own brew.

    Well a Baptist preacher you can tell him by his coat
    Has a bottle in his pocket that he can't hardly tote

    Well a Cambellite preacher his soul is saved
    Well he has to be baptized every other day

    Well the Holy Roller preacher he sure is a sight
    Well he gets em all a-rolling and he kicks out the light

    Well the Presbyterian preacher he lives in town
    His neck's so stiff he can't hardly look around.
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    Little Mountain Church House with Ricky Skaggs

    There's a little mountain church in my thoughts of yesterday
    Where friends and family gathered for the Lord
    Where an ol' fashioned preacher taught the straight and narrow way
    For what few coins the congregation could afford

    Dressed in all our Sunday best, we sat on pews of solid oak
    and I remember how our voices filled the air
    How Mama sounded like an angel on those high soprano notes
    and "When the Roll is Called Up Yonder I'll Be There"

    Looking back now that little mountain church house
    Has become my lifes cornerstone
    It was there in that little mountain church house
    I first heard the words I based my life upon

    At the all day Sunday singing, with dinner on the ground
    Many were the souls that were revived
    While the brothers and the sisters who've gone on to Gloryland
    Slept in peace in the maple grove nearby
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    And So It Goes with John Denver

    A mansion on a hill is a lovely sight to see
    But like any other house, it's only temporary
    Home is anywhere you choose to put your heart;
    If there's no love inside, it'll soon fall apart.

    Ashes to ashes, dust into dust
    Buildings will crumble, bridges will rust
    Mountains will disappear, rivers will dry up
    And so it goes with everything but love
    And so it goes, with everything but love

    You can drive around in a long limosine
    If you don't know where you're going, it don't mean a thing
    He who'd walk a mile, just to hold an empty hand
    Knows what it means, to be a wealthy man

    Ashes to ashes, dust into dust
    Buildings will crumble, bridges will rust
    Mountains will disappear, rivers will dry up
    And so it goes with everything but love
    And so it goes, with everything but love

    Worldly treasures will all pass away
    There's just one thing that's put here to stay

    Ashes to ashes, dust into dust
    Buildings will crumble, bridges will rust
    Mountains will disappear, rivers will dry up
    And so it goes with everything but love
    And so it goes, with everything but love
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    When It's Gone

    I want to stand upon a rock, and watch the river flow
    with the blue sky above me and the valley down below.
    I want to hold my head up high, and listen to the wind
    'Cause when it's gone, it won't be back again

    I want to sing the kind of songs that my dad sang to me,
    and try to be the man he hoped that I would be
    He said you only get one chance, you'd better do the best you
    can, 'Cause when it's gone, it won't be back again.

    I want to wear my Sunday coat, and hold your hand in mine,
    and hear you say you'll love me until the end of time.
    I want to find forever in every moment that we spend,
    'Cause when it's gone, it won't be back again.

    I want to wear my Sunday coat
    and hold your hand in mine
    and hear you say you'll love me
    until the end of time

    I want to stand upon a rock, like I did when I was young,
    And hold you close beside me, and watch our children run
    'Cause you only get one chance to listen to the wind,
    and when it's gone, it won't be back again
    We only get one chance, so listen to the wind,
    cause when it's gone, it won't be back again.
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    Mary Danced With Soldiers with Emmylou Harris

    She'd slip away each day with the dimming light
    And with the sweetest smile she'd kiss the child goodnight
    At the mill she'd work her fingers till they were raw
    For the sake of her son and the daddy he never saw

    Mary danced with soldiers
    She stepped a light quadrille
    Shawl across her shoulders
    To keep away the chill, to keep away the chill

    It was a rebel boy who brought her joy they say
    Though the years had passed the memories stood fast each day
    Before a bullet crushed the life of their romance
    He gave her a shawl and a parasol from France

    Mary danced with soldiers
    She stepped a light quadrille
    Shawl across her shoulders
    To keep away the chill, to keep away the chill

    They came around to the tavern in town that night
    And with silent cries Mary never tried to fight
    They cut her hair and left her body torn
    Her spirit slipped away before the dawn

    Mary danced with soldiers
    But now her body's still
    Shawl across her shoulders
    To keep away the chill

    Mary danced with soldiers
    She stepped a light quadrille
    Shawl across her shoulders
    To keep away the chill, to keep away the chill
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    Riding Alone with Emmylou Harris

    She saved him from whiskey
    Was his constant companion
    You'd see them out riding at dawn

    She gave him his reasons
    To shoulder the seasons
    Now when you see him
    He's riding alone

    She'd lay down beside him
    To touch him or guide him
    Turn 'round his head
    On the darkest of days

    He still sits beside her
    Remembers her smiling
    Whispers to her
    That old song he would play

    Please lay down beside me
    How I love you

    Never wanted to bid this adieu
    No red river ever ran deeper
    Than this old cowboy's love
    Than this cowboy's love that runs true
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    I'm Sittin' on Top Of The World with Jimmy Martin

    One summer day,
    She went away.
    She gone and left me,
    She gone to stay.
    But now she gone,
    And I don't worry.
    'Cause I'm sitting
    On top of the world.

    Worked all the summer,
    And worked all the fall.
    I had to take my Christmas,
    In my overall.
    But now she gone,
    And I don't worry.
    Because I'm sitting
    On top of the world.

    Goin' down to the freight yard,
    Just to meet a freight train.
    I'm gonna leave this town,
    Well it's just got too hard.
    But now she gone,
    And I don't worry.
    'Cause I'm sitting
    On top of the world.

    One summer day,
    She went away.
    She gone and left me,
    She gone to stay.
    But now she gone,
    And I don't worry.
    'Cause I'm sitting
    On top of the world.
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    Lovin' On The Side with Paulette Carlson

    Well, I just want to clear the air,
    I already know, and darlin I still care,
    But were crippled every time I close my eyes.
    I know its hard when youre all alone,
    And you always come back home
    Looks like were hurtin from your lovin on the side

    I think Ive probly seen her, believe I know her name,
    Darlin does it make you satisfied?
    Shes the one whos feeling happy, Im the one who wants to die
    I think youve gone just a little too far this time.

    So I just want to clear the air
    I already know, and darlin I still care,
    But were hurtin from your lovin on the side

    Im not saying that I approve, or that I can stand it,
    But I know Ive got to give us one more try.
    I keep prayin you still love me, but soon my prayer will die,
    If every time we talk, you hide your eyes.

    So I just want to clear the air
    I already know, and darlin I still care
    But were crippled every time you close your eyes
    I know its hare when youre all alone,
    And if you really want to come back home,
    Stop this hurtin, stop your lovin on the side
    Stop this hurtin, stop your lovin on the side.
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    Lost River with Michael Martin Murphey

    There's a lost river that flows
    In a valley where no on e goes,
    Where the wild water's rush
    Rumbles deep in the hush.

    Gone far from there now,
    Lord I'll be back somehow
    To where the lost river winds
    In the shadow of the pines

    Oh, lost river, now I'm coming back
    To the pot-belly stove, where the firewood's all stacked
    Oh quebec girl, go with me,
    Oh my bell, my fleur de lis,
    Where the lost river winds
    In the shadow of the pines

    Now every body knows
    Where that lost river flows
    It's someplace he's lost
    Behind bridges that he's crossed

    Well, he'd like to return,
    But his bridges are all burned
    And he's much too far down
    To return to higher ground

    Oh, lost river, now I'm coming back
    To the pot-belly stove, where the firewood's all stacked
    Oh quebec girl, go with me,
    Oh my bell, my fleur de lis,
    Where the lost river winds
    In the shadow of the pines

    Oh lost river, far over ther ridge
    Now is it too late for me to build me a new bridge?
    To the bright golden time
    When her love was still mine
    And the world was still wild
    Like the heart of a child

    Oh, lost river, now I'm coming back
    To the pot-belly stove, where the firewood's all stacked
    Oh quebec girl, go with me,
    Oh my bell, my fleur de lis,
    Where the lost river winds
    In the shadow of the pines

    Where the lost river winds
    In the shadow of the pines
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    Bayou Jubilee

    Nothing in this world such a pure delight
    As a fais-do-do on a Saturday night
    Work your tail off all week long
    But forget about your troubles with a party and a song
    Boy I love those old time tunes
    They can tickle your senses like a Cajun moon
    Creole food sure tastes fine
    When you wash it on down with that homemade wine

    CHORUS:
    Get out the fiddle rosin up the bow
    There's gonna be some music and I hope it ain't slow
    Grab your baby dance 'til three down at the Bayou Jubilee
    Grab your baby dance 'til three down at the Bayou Jubilee
    There's Pierre and his girl Laverne
    Dancin' so hot you'd think their shoes were burning
    Grandma's in the corner shakin' it too
    She's got her own version of a Cajun boogaloo

    (repeat chorus)
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    Blues Berry Hill with Bruce Hornsby

    Lyrics are not available
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    Turn Of The Century

    There'll be flying boats, and condos with moats;
    cultivated oceans, floating cities in the sky.
    living underneath a bubble;
    no more toil and trouble
    Singin' 'bout that sweet ole by and by.
    We'll all have lots of money
    That we won't have to spend;
    You'll be given everything
    When everyone's your friend
    Hanging out together
    in picture perfect weather -
    This time 'round the party never ends.
    Hallelujah, I can't wait to see it
    Hallelujah, come on and go with me
    Let me show you the way it's gonna be
    at the turn,
    the turn of the century.
    We won't need no TV preachers
    to ask how much we gave
    we won't need no TV preachers,
    see, by then, we'll all be saved
    no more fighting for a country
    no child will go hungry
    We'll be smiling from the cradle to the grave.
    Hallelujah, I can't wait to see it
    Hallelujah, come on and go with me
    Let me show you the way it's gonna be
    at the turn,
    the turn of the century.
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    One Step Over The Line with John Hiatt

    When I look into your eyes
    See the world cut down to size
    Baby don't apologize
    Takin' me one step over the line

    When I touch your secret skin
    Babe I know it ain't no sin
    I feel you startin' to give in
    Now let's go one step over the line

    I know it's just your daddy's car
    Your daddy never went this far
    Baby we know who we are
    Let's go one step over the line

    I can be your drivin' wheel
    We could make those tires squeal
    Ooo I like the way it feels
    Takin' it one step over the line

    One step forward and two steps back
    It's for the first time baby
    I'm talkin' cake walkin' into the black
    A crossin' red line and I don't mean maybe

    I hear they buried lover's lane
    In a sea of tears and blame
    It's you and me go up in flames
    Baby, one step over the line

    They're drawin' boxes on the ground
    Just to make us look on down
    All we gotta do is look around
    And take it one step over the line

    A one step over the line
    Come on baby, one step over the line
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    You Ain't Goin' Nowhere with Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillm

    Clouds so swift, the rain won't lift
    Gates won't close, the railing's froze.
    So get your mind off wintertime,
    You ain't going nowhere.

    Ooooo ride me high
    Tomorrow's the day my bride's gonna come
    Oooo are we gonna fly
    Down in the easy chair

    Buy me a flute, and a gun that shoots
    Tail gates and substitutes
    Strap yourself to a tree with roots,
    You ain't going nowhere

    Ooooo ride me high
    Tomorrow's the day my bride's gonna come
    Oooo are we gonna fly
    Down in the easy chair

    Well I don't care how many letters they sent
    The morning came and the morning went
    So pack up your money, and pick up your tent
    You ain't going nowhere

    Ooooo ride me high
    Tomorrow's the day my bride's gonna come
    Oooo are we gonna fly
    Down in the easy chair

    And Genghis Khan he could not keep
    All his men supplied with sleep.
    We'll climb that hill no matter how steep
    When we get up to it

    Ooooo ride me high
    Tomorrow's the day my bride's gonna come
    Oooo are we gonna fly
    Down in the easy chair

    Ooooo ride me high
    Tomorrow's the day my bride's gonna come
    Oooo are we gonna fly
    Down in the easy chair
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    The Valley Road with Bruce Hornsby

    While no one was looking on the old plantation
    He took her all the way down the long valley road
    They sent her away not too much later
    Left him walking down the old valley road.

    Sometimes I lead, sometimes I follow
    This time I?ll go where she wants me to go
    She said maybe today, maybe tomorrow
    Go deep in the woods down the long valley road

    Walk on walk on little doll walk
    Walkon little doll

    Out in the hall they were talkin? in a whisper
    Everybody noticed she was gone a while
    Somebody said she was gone to her sister?s
    Everyone knew what they were talkin? about.

    While no one was looking on the old plantation
    He showed her what they do down the long valley road
    Came back around like nothin? really happened
    Left him standing on the old valley road

    Walk on walk on little doll walk on
    Walk on little doll
    Walk on, walk on the valley road

    Standing like a stone on the old plantation
    Rich old man wouldn?t ever let him in
    Good enough to hire, not good enough to marry
    When it all happens, nobody wins
    Walk on walk on little doll walk on
    Walkon little doll etc
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    Will The Circle Be Unbroken with everyone

    I was standing by my window,
    On one cold and cloudy day
    When I saw that hearse come rolling
    For to carry my mother away

    Will the circle be unbroken
    By and by, lord, by and by
    There?s a better home a-waiting
    In the sky, lord, in the sky

    I said to that undertaker
    Undertaker please drive slow
    For this lady you are carrying
    Lord, I hate to see here go

    Will the circle be unbroken
    By and by, lord, by and by
    There?s a better home a-waiting
    In the sky, lord, in the sky

    Oh, I followed close behind her
    Tried to hold up and be brave
    But I could not hide my sorrow
    When they laid her in the grave

    Will the circle be unbroken
    By and by, lord, by and by
    There?s a better home a-waiting
    In the sky, lord, in the sky

    I went back home, my home was lonesome
    Missed my mother, she was gone
    All of my brothers, sisters crying
    What a home so sad and lone

    Will the circle be unbroken
    By and by, lord, by and by
    There?s a better home a-waiting
    In the sky, lord, in the sky

    We sang the songs of childhood
    Hymns of faith that made us strong
    Ones that mother maybelle taught us
    Hear the angels sing along

    Will the circle be unbroken
    By and by, lord, by and by
    There?s a better home a-waiting
    In the sky, lord, in the sky

    Will the circle be unbroken
    By and by, lord, by and by
    There?s a better home a-waiting
    In the sky, lord, in the sky
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    Amazing Grace

    Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
    That saved a wretch like me....
    I once was lost but now am found,
    Was blind, but now, I see.

    T'was Grace that taught...
    my heart to fear.
    And Grace, my fears relieved.
    How precious did that Grace appear...
    the hour I first believed.

    Through many dangers, toils and snares...
    we have already come.
    T'was Grace that brought us safe thus far...
    and Grace will lead us home.

    The Lord has promised good to me...
    His word my hope secures.
    He will my shield and portion be...
    as long as life endures.

    When we've been here a thousand years...
    bright shining as the sun.
    We've no less days to sing God's praise...
    then when we've first begun.

    "Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
    That saved a wretch like me....
    I once was lost but now am found,
    Was blind, but now, I see.