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Nora Jane Struthers

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Nora Jane Struthers

  • Release date: 2010-07-21
  • Label: Blue Pig Music

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  1. 1

    Willie

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    Words and music by Nora Jane Struthers

    “Come take a walk” my Willie said,
    Down in the gorge where the river bends
    I’d known Willie all my life
    Had a face, like he’d never told a lie

    We strolled down that rocky path
    Hand in hand he made me smile he made me laugh
    Reached the river’s edge and paused
    There Willie took me in his arms

    Where you can’t hardly hear yourself think
    With the water crashing round you like a storm upon the sea

    With a strange look in his eye
    His deep voice quaking, he asked me to be his bride
    At first silence was my reply
    I was afraid, but I could not tell a lie

    And you can’t hardly hear yourself think
    With the water crashing round you like a storm upon the sea
    Willie please, the water’s icy and so deep
    Still I cannot marry thee

    As the tears filled up my eyes
    Out on the slippery stones I climbed
    Dark water swirling all around
    Then Willie pushed me to the ground

    In the shallows, he held me down
    Whispered my love, you’ll not drown
    I cried Will don’t take my life
    As he pulled out his knife

    And you can’t hardly hear yourself think
    With the water crashing round you like a storm upon the sea
    Willie please, the water’s icy and so deep
    Still I cannot marry thee

  2. 2

    Mocking Bird

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    Words and music by Nora Jane Struthers

    Mocking bird sitting in a tree
    Working out a new melody
    Each movement a new love note and old part

    Every morning a brand new tune
    All the other birds are always fooled
    But he is just singing for his heart

    It’s not the sun streaming threw my blinds
    I hear my mocking bird before I open my eyes
    Singing in the dawn

    He’s been waiting so patiently
    His music sure sounds like love to me
    I hope one day he is just up and gone

    He doesn’t want to be unprepared
    That’s why takes more than his share
    He casts his lines into the sky above

    But ladybirds are hard to please
    Their fancies shift like a summer breeze
    He worries that he’ll never find his love

    Like a mocking bird I take
    All the tunes I’ve heard along my way
    I’ve tried to fill myself up with song

    ‘Cause it won’t matter what I say
    I know I just have to play
    The song her heart’s been singing since she was born

    Mocking bird sitting in a tree
    Working out a new melody
    Each movement a new love note and old part

    Every morning a brand new tune
    All the other birds are always fooled
    But he is just singing for his heart

  3. 3

    Thistle

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    Words and music by Nora Jane Struthers

    Father please don’t make me marry
    For there is no one that I love
    I’ll I ask is one year to find him
    Until then let me stay at home

    Where the purple and silver thistle grow
    Let me lay my head in sweet repose
    Where the tall grass will hide me from all of the world
    Like when I was a little girl

    I’ve lived all my days in this valley
    With the trees, I’ve grown up strong
    All I need is one year to find him
    Please father let me stay at home

    Where the purple and silver thistle grow
    Let me lay my head in sweet repose
    Where the tall grass will hide me, from all of the world
    Like when I was a little girl

    I’ve found the man I want to marry
    Like the mountain, he’s sturdy and strong
    I will go with him to a new land
    But I know I will always belong

    Where the purple and silver thistle grow
    Let me lay my head in sweet repose
    Where the tall grass will hide me, from all of the world
    Like when I was a little girl

    When my time is ore and I am buried
    Lay me down in the place of my birth
    Don’t leave me in some foreign earth
    Dear husband, please take me home

    Where the purple and silver thistle grow
    Let me lay my head in sweet repose
    Where the tall grass will hide me, from all of the world
    Like when I was a little girl

    Where the tall grass will hide me, from all of the world
    Like when I was a little girl

  4. 4

    Look Out On The Mountain

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    Words and music by Nora Jane Struthers

    Look out on the mountain
    See the storm clouds roll
    Your daddy’s gone to town so baby girl we’re all alone

    When you wake I’ll hold you close
    I’ll keep you safe and sound
    You’re daddy promised he’d come home when he’s done in the town

    Don’t be ‘fraid now baby girl
    It’s just a little rain
    Our cabin’s warm and dry we’ve got no reason to complain

    Don’t you worry baby girl
    Your daddy’s a good man
    Daddy will be home just as soon as daddy can

    Don’t you cry now baby girl
    You’re daddy’s quit the drink
    He’d never go down to the bar when he knows that you’re sick

    Think of clear cold icicles
    Last Februarys snow
    There’s a fire inside you; we have to make it go

    Keep your blue eyes fixed on me
    Memorize my face
    When we meet again we’ll be in another place

    Listen close now baby girl
    Is there more than my song?
    Are the angels singing sweetly? Do you hear the Shepherd’s call?

    Look out on the mountain
    See the storm clouds roll
    Your daddy’s gone to town so baby girl, I’m all alone.

  5. 5

    Greenbrier County

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    Words and music by Nora Jane Struthers

    I was travelin’ through Greenbrier County
    Where the strangest sight I did see
    Black-dust men from the mine fill the barroom
    Until the whistle blows at the limestone quarry

    The doves and the crows they drink there together
    Each man wears his work on his shirt and his face
    And I’ve heard what folks say about birds of a feather
    But in Greenbrier County, the stone and the coal, they stick just the same

    If you’re born here in Greenbrier County
    An old man at the bar said to me
    You can live like a worm in the mountain
    Or you can singe and burn under the white suns fury

    Half the men here in Greenbrier County
    Wear stone chalk over a leathery hide
    All the rest are as pale as the moonlight
    When they wash away the dark of the mine

    The doves and the crows they drink there together
    Each man wears his work on his shirt and his face
    And I’ve heard what folks say about birds of a feather
    But in Greenbrier County, the stone and the coal, they stick just the same

    If you’re ever in Greenbrier County
    Measure out each mans crooked stride
    Dust may seem like a small thing to carry
    Until your body caves under the hard mountain side

    Still the doves and the crows they live there together
    Each man wears his work on his shirt and his face
    And I’ve heard what folks say about birds of a feather
    But in Greenbrier County, the stone and the coal, they stick just the same
    The stone and the coal, they stick just the same

  6. 6

    The Blight

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    Words and music by Nora Jane Struthers

    When I was a child the forest was thick
    The Chestnut trees covered this Blue Ridge Mountain
    And in the fall we’d go out and gather the burrs
    Right from the ground, then we’d take them to town,
    Twenty-five cents a pound would buy our new shoes

    But now I am old;
    My hair has gone grey;
    And the trees are all gone;
    They’ve hauled them away;
    Life will never be the same

    As a young man I’d walk, my axe in my hand
    And search out the carcasses, dead where they stand
    Until the logger-men came with their canvass-tent towns
    And sawed into planks, all the trees that remained,
    For they were dead just the same whether they tore them down

    But now I am old;
    My hair has gone grey;
    And the trees are all gone;
    They’ve hauled them away;
    Life will never be the same

    Each man’s heart was pained as we cleared out the dead
    The forest floor bloodied with bark brownish-red
    A branch line was built alongside this creek
    But as they finished the job, even the ties were torn up
    And loaded on top, as the train rolled away
    But now I am old;
    My hair has gone grey;
    And the trees are all gone;
    They’ve hauled them away;
    Life will never be the same

  7. 7

    Evelyn

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    Words and music by Nora Jane Struthers

    I’ve never been a man of words
    But I can make almost any broke thing work
    Out west I’ll make myself a name
    I’ll make a fertile field out of any barren plain

    Evelyn grew up around fine things
    Enjoyed attending social parties
    When she agreed to be my bride
    She said she knew our life would be a rocky ride

    Livin’ in the ditch will take its toll on any man
    But if you could see what it’s done to my Evelyn
    The light is faded from her eyes still she swears she can’t
    Show up back east wearing the dress she left in

    In Colorado I began my trade
    An engineer is welcome where there’s a fortune to be made
    Each day when I left for the mine
    Poor Evelyn pulled the door latch back inside

    With our first child on the way
    The mine camp was far too rough for us to stay
    My reputation served me well
    I signed on to build Idaho’s first canal

    Chorus

    With money from back east we broke the ground
    Hunched at my desk for weeks, my design was sound
    Evelyn suffered the most
    When the funds dried up, our dreams withered with our hopes

    With no one but our boy for company
    Evelyn she longed to rejoin society
    But failure lingered like a haze
    The west would hold us for the rest of our days

    Chorus

  8. 8

    Cowgirl Yodel #3

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    Words and music by Nora Jane Struthers

    I went down to Texas
    Got myself a bay
    Got myself a big man
    To help along the way

    I’m a cowgirl Now
    I’m a Cowgirl Now

    Learned to make a lasso
    Learned to work the reins
    Now I’m riding down the trail
    Bandana round my face

    I’m a cowgirl Now
    I’m a Cowgirl Now

    Ride out on the prairy, move the herd along
    Gettem bedded down at night and sing my cowgirl song
    Yodel-O-ooo, O-de-lo-oo, Yodel-O-oo-do-do
    Yodel-O-ooo, O-de-lo-oo, Yodel-O-oo-Do
    Yodel-O-oo-oo-oo

    Sun shines in the noon hour
    Rain falls when it may
    I just keep on droving
    On my trust bay
    I’m a cowgirl Now
    I’m a Cowgirl Now

    I don’t know how I ever learned to sleep in doors
    Life is so much better out underneath the stars
    Yodel-O-ooo, O-de-lo-oo, Yodel-O-oo-do-do
    Yodel-O-ooo, O-de-lo-oo, Yodel-O-oo-Do
    Yodel-O-oo-oo-oo

    Ride out on the prairy, move the herd along
    Gettem bedded down at night and sing my cowgirl song
    Yodel-O-ooo, O-de-lo-oo, Yodel-O-oo-do-do
    Yodel-O-ooo, O-de-lo-oo, Yodel-O-oo-Do
    Yodel-O-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo

  9. 9

    Build You A House

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    Words and music by Nora Jane Struthers

    You are a fair maid
    Rich men circle like birds of prey, birds of prey
    No money or fame
    I can offer you just my name, just my name

    I will build you a house
    Red oak beams, black walnut floors
    Two rocking chairs on the front porch
    I will build you a house

    They dress in fine clothes
    Poor men sweat for their coins of gold, coins of gold
    If you look close
    Soft hands point to the easy road, the easy road

    I will build you a house
    Red oak beams, black walnut floors
    Two rocking chairs on the front porch
    I will build you a house

    And you’ll never have to fear
    I’ll not let hard years lead to disrepair

    I will build you a house
    Red oak beams, black walnut floors
    Two rocking chairs on the front porch
    I will build you a house

  10. 10

    One Notch Tighter

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    Words and music by Nora Jane Struthers

    I know a man who sits at home
    Says he thinks twice before he makes a run to town
    Says he gets lonesome all alone
    But money’s scarce and he must hold to what he has

    Pull your belt one notch tighter
    Add some water to the soup
    These hard times can’t last forever
    Don’t know how but we’ll get through
    Don’t know how but we’ll get through

    Most everything we eat is what we grow
    Work hard for what we need, leaving nothing for the crows
    Winter creeps upon us dark and cold
    Put up all the jars and roots this old cellar will hold

    Pull your belt one notch tighter
    Add some water to the soup
    These hard times can’t last forever
    Don’t know how but we’ll get through
    Don’t know how but we’ll get through

    You’ll chop enough wood for the range
    I’ll keep the fire burning through the night and day
    Pull your nightcap down just ore your face
    Thick wool blankets keep us warm until we wake

    Pull your belt one notch tighter
    Add some water to the soup
    These hard times can’t last forever
    Don’t know how but we’ll get through
    Don’t know how but we’ll get through

    Pull your belt one notch tighter
    Add some water to the soup
    These hard times can’t last forever
    Don’t know how but we’ll get through
    Don’t know how but we’ll get through

  11. 11

    He's A Free Man

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    Words and music by Nora Jane Struthers

    I was a Share-cropper’s son
    ‘Till my dad up and run
    Leavin’ me and ma to care for the five little ones

    Just scraping by for years
    Sweatin’ eight months in the fields
    Prayin’ every night that the kids won’t have to feel

    Like their daddy didn’t love them
    These hard times just got the best of him
    Though it ain’t right, now he’s a free man
    And I doubt we’ll ever see his face again

    When winter comes around
    I thumb my way to the next town
    To the white-washed clapboard school house that the apple trees surround

    Thinkin’ of the little ones
    And the man I want to become
    I try to show them what it means to stick to your guns

    Cause our daddy may have loved them
    But these hard times still got the best of him
    Though it ain’t right, now he’s a free man
    I doubt we’ll ever see his face again

    Four years of schoolin’ done
    The crops withered in the sun
    I signed up for the army, even though I’m too young

    But every paycheck I’ll mail back
    Add each letter to the stack
    Proof that I’m still with you and I’ll never leave like dad

    Cause our daddy may have loved them
    But these hard times still got the best of him
    Though it ain’t right, now he’s a free man
    I doubt we’ll ever see his face again
    No it ain’t right, that he’s a free man
    I doubt we’ll ever see his face again

  12. 12

    Say Darlin' Say

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    Traditional

    Say little darling won’t you marry me?
    Live over yonder neath the old oak tree
    Say darlin’ say

    Old oak tree we’ll make our home
    Nevermore this world to roam
    Say darlin’ say

    Say little darling if you were mine
    Make your living off starch and iron
    Say darlin’ say

    Starch and iron’ll be your trade
    I’ll get drunk and lay in the shade
    Say darlin’ say

    See you little darling you marry me?
    Live over yonder in the old oak tree
    Say darlin’ say

    Living over yonder neath the old oak tree
    Children bouncing on daddy knee
    Say darlin’ say

    Hush little baby didn’t say a word
    Daddy’s gonna buy you a mockingbird
    Say darlin’ say

    And if that mockingbird don’t sing
    Daddy’s gonna buy you a diamond ring
    Say darlin’ say

    And if that diamond ring turns brass
    Daddy’s gonna buy you a looking glass
    Say darlin’ say

    And if that looking glass gets broke
    Daddy’s gonna buy you a billy goat
    Say darlin’ say

    And if that billy goat won’t pull
    Daddy’s gonna buy you a cart and bull
    Say darlin’ say

    And if that cart and bull fall down
    You’re still the prettiest baby in town
    Say darlin’ say

    Say little darling won’t you marry me?
    Live over yonder neath the old oak tree
    Say darlin’ say

    Old oak tree we’ll make our home
    Nevermore this world to roam
    Say darlin’ say

Album Description

Nora Jane’s self-titled, debut album, produced by Brent Truitt, contains eleven original and one traditional song with acoustic instrumentation and some really special guests including: Tim O’Brien, Stuart Duncan, Brian Sutton, Shawn Lane, Dennis Crouch, Jeff Taylor, Rob Ickes, Scott Vestal, Brent Truitt, Emily Miller, and Macon Gurley.

 

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