An Even Dozen

by Bob Devins

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The actual order of the songs on the CD is different than this download page:

Pretend It's The Wind
Coyotes
Easy Walking Shoes
How Would I Know
Appalachian Renaissance
Prisoners In A Pen
Not Coming Home
River's Lament
War On Nature
Tell Me Now
Long Way Left To Go
An Even Dozen

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released July 25, 2017

All songs composed and performed by Bob Devins
at Congo Studio, Burlington Vermont.
2016-2017.

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Track Name: Appalachian Renaissance
Appalachian Renaissance

HIGH CANYONS....
In my South Virginia home
HIGH CANYONS....
In my South Virginia home
When your living in the hollers where it's cold
Hardly wait to bring it on
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WARM WATERS......
Come in to the bay
WARM WATERS......
Come in to the bay
Hitch my boat and grab my paddle and my pole
That's all I need today
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Chorus:
From the Smokies to the Blue Ridge
All the way up through Vermont
Summer is for music
And we know that's what you'll want
So climb onboard your bike or head on
Out to take your walk
Cuz I'll see you in the morning
APPALACHIAN RENAISSANCE.....
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HALFWAY OVER.....
When it seems we've just begun
HALFWAY OVER.....
When it seems we've just begun
Keep your music singing brightly like you do
Till the summers's dead and gone
Track Name: Coyotes
Coyotes

Shot Coyotes from a plane
Learned to callout, ten bucks a head
Ranchers say get off my land
Keep an ear or a nose or a tail
Still have the pistol, but not the 12-gauge
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South of Hot Springs, the river runs full there
Runs high ten miles, real pretty
It don't look the same around here no more
Built up, then re-built up again
Eastman's gone, and the people moved on
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Three years ago moved in from Kansas
To Rapid City, with the young ones still around
Married a soldier, then Ellen passed on
She always asks, and I think about her often
Quite a deal, quite a deal
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Jimmmy's mom she passed away
Came back to farm and then they moved on
Read the paper, lucky to get it
Can't find the people we knew anymore
Many more, crazy world, crazy world
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Where we are living right now
Neighbors don't even try to call the cops
They know they would not show up anyhow
We're keeping after each other around here
We'll see, we don't know the destiny in it all
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Shot Coyotes from a plane
Learned to callout, ten bucks a head
Ranchers say get off my land
Keep an ear or a nose or a tail
Still have the pistol, but not the 12-gauge
Track Name: Easy Walking Shoes
Easy Walking Shoes
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Old anger disappears
Reveals a new way in my mind
Just as a traveler hopes
That someday he'll be kind
Where the
Distance is as great as the
Highway is this time
In my easy, easy walking shoes
In my easy, easy walking shoes
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So keep on looking out
And living out your poem
I wonder why it hits me
And somehow keeps me going
Cuz when my feet are on the path
Is a gift that keeps on showing
In my easy, easy walking shoes
In my easy, easy walking shoes
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Safe travels children
Know that we have done our best
Life's always moving on
Can't seem to take a rest
I'm traveling slowly down my highway
Trying to make it last
In my easy, easy walking shoes
In my easy, easy walking shoes
Track Name: An Even Dozen
Even Dozen

Got a thing for even numbers
And straight lines do me well
Even up that picture frame
While my workspace looks like hell
Timer set to one, two, four
Straight rug laid by the kitchen door
I find odd numbers let me down
Not the brambles on my workspace floor
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Chorus:
I was born in fifty-seven
In the twenty-eth century
I guess that even numbers
Form the odd one's company
So give me an even dozen
Eleven just won't do
Straighten up that picture frame
And even up my shoes
(Repeat)
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Good balance is the answer
To all our worldly woes
But nature may not go that way
It keeps us on our toes
My workspace floor is quite a mess
With it's flowers growing wild
Forget about obessive-ness
Start living as a child
Track Name: How Would I Know
How Would I Know

How would I know
Won't you show me the way
How would I know
Won't you show me the way
Don't you try to tell me too much
Give me my time today
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I'll be fine with your plan
Don't try to make it go for now
I'll be fine with your plan
Don't try to make it go for now
Been down too long on this road
To question you now
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Bridge:
How would I know
When all you say is true
How can you know me so well
You see me through and through....
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I need you my darling
When the sun come round my way
I need you my darling
When the sun come round my way
Takin' things as they are now
You sure can brighten up my day
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Go down the hill,
That lazy, lazy hill
Go down the hill,
That lazy, lazy hill
Take me to the coral water
Where the stars are brighter still
Track Name: Long Way Left To Go
Long Way to Go

Maybe your power's letting loose it's hold
I have seen the challenge how to let it go
Maybe the past can never reach it's goal
But I know I've a long way left to go,
I know I've a long way left to go
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I want to look ahead, not try to set things right
As I take my journey, keeping grace in sight
As my wisdom grows, I give up the fight
And see it doesn't matter anymore,
See it doesn't matter anymore
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With your approval, I let go my burdens
Onward to a new sound, now I'm playing slower
Life's easy changes, getting young as I get older
And I find I've a long way left to go,
I find I've a long way left to go
Track Name: Not Coming Home
Not Coming Home

Ol Jack he was a traveling, rambling man
Jack he was a traveling, rambling man
You think he'll settle down,
He won't be coming round, cuz
Jack he was a traveling, rambling man
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Chorus
No, he won't be coming home
No, he won't be coming home
He's leaving this old town
You won't know where he's bound, cuz
(Here put last line of previous verse)
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Ol John he was a high seas sailing man
Johnny was a high seas sailing man
His boat came on the shore,
You won't see him here no more, cuz
Johnny he was a high seas sailing man
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Ol Ed he was a good high flying man,
Eddie was a good high flying man
His airplane hit the clouds
We know just where he's bound, cuz
Eddie was a good high flying man
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Final Chorus:
No, they won't be coming home
No, they won't be coming home
OOOOHHHHHH, OOOOHHHH,
You know just where the're bound
No they won't be coming home
Track Name: Pretend It's The Wind
Pretend it's the Wind

I've been out here thinking
Looking for a quiet spot
I hear the sound through the trees
Might be the road, might be the wind
In the mood I'm in, I'll pretend it's the wind
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Like going to the mountains
With a fresh fallen snow
The freezing country in the air
Little slice of heaven - just right where I am
In the mood I'm, I'll pretend it's the wind
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Chorus:
Take the high road
Take the low
When you think got it
Find someplace else to go
Go round full circle
Just to wind up where you've been
Dig deep for something and
You'll find that it's the wind
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I look out on the highway
And the faces I have seen
Makes you wonder where we're going
Everybody's looking round for someplace else to go
My slice of heaven, I'll pretend they're the wind
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Chorus
Track Name: Prisoners In A Pen
Prisoners in a Pen

I count a thousand prisoners in a pen
We saw they could go out through the holes in the fences
When they went out, some others then returned
They needed the food and we knew the faces
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The dignitaries came and stayed just two days
The prisoners were told that they better hide
They took enough time just to make all their pay
Then went on back home and left us to stay
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Chorus:
Listening to stories is some kinda sad
But it was an impressive time back then
For me I knew my husband was out there
And we were sick, sick of the war
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Boxes three wide twelve inches long
Was all that they allowed us to send
Cigarettes sent over to calm the nerves
Popcorn and cookies take a month to get over
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The men who went to war left the women upset
It was hard on the farmers left working then too
The news-reels connected the facts with the truth
And folks gathered round the war stories and movies
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Chorus
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All these years, all these years
I stood at the memorial and burst into tears
We are still effected by what happened back then
We are countless prisoners - in a pen
Track Name: River's Lament
River's Lament

Heading out Big Meadows, where the loggers used to go
Now they built the highway, but the water ate the road
Can't stop the river even with the biggest pipe
Now that's been forgotten, we begin to see her might
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We overbuilt the canyons, where the pine trees use to grow
With the houses hanging on the cliffs, and the driveways all a-glow
Now I have erosion growing underneath my porch
I think the river's saying that it's time for us to go
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Chorus:
Big Thompson River's running high and running fast
Soon I'm gonna find out if my house it built to last
Well, I find hard for sleeping
With the water creeping in
And I hope....... I know.... Which way to swim
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The time's we lived in Pinewood, with our cabin by the road
They said "we're short on water", when the river's running low
Climbed the rocks and boulders, in the air and in the sun
No-way did we figure, it would all be overrun
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Rusty town of Lyons, where the redrock quarry sits
Went deep underwater, no way out and no way in
Place was dry for decades, and grew like all the rest, cuz
Use'ly, there's no water, except for when there is....
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Chorus
Track Name: Tell Me Now
Tell Me Now

Won't you tell me, won't you tell me true
Won't you tell me, won't you tell me true
Just what it is
I can do for you
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Don't you tell me, don't you tell me no lies
Don't you tell me, don't you tell me no lies
Well, that's not what I'm lookin' for
Won't find my open skies
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Won't you tell me, won't you tell me now
Won't you tell me, won't you tell me now
How I can see to
Find my own way out
Track Name: War On Nature
War on Nature

You may say there's no war on nature
You went to live in the desert sun
There's a problem there for water
One that will set you on the run
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You may say there's no war on nature
Deny the truth is to sink or swim
Leads to a strained conversation
One that I know that I can't win
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Now there's a changing to the rivers
And a new color in the sea
Now there's a changing to our nation
Get what I want and get it for me
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Chorus:
When you know there's a war on nature
And you want to be on her side
You think there must be something better
But you know we are short on time
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Bridge:
We know there's a war.........
Can she take any more?........
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I see a war on nature
One that we'll lose and we can't hide
We're doing our best to make it happen
Yet she still has the grace to provide
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Chorus:
When you know there's a war on nature
And you want to be on her side
You think there must be something better
Some will be lucky just to survive
Yet she still has the grace to provide