Anchor Up, Sail Home

by Eric George

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1.
Anchor Up 04:09
The poor devils threw down their shovels Lit the fuses the bosses said the truth is that there’s No going, ain’t no going back The road you’re walking is the road we’re owning Roots are drinking, the willow’s weeping The ground’s breaking, am I making it any better Feel like a feather caught up in the wind That’s surely gonna blow us all home But the wave it broke before you awoke And all you’ve left is a dream And the wind will blow this boat home If together we all pull the anchor up Deep down fathomless at the bottom Where the water is colder and darker And what’s down there breathing is not seeing Not hearing, not feeling the wind Build up the old town old friends cut the trees down Shiny new toys for pretty girls and boys But something’s missing like listless kissing Take the love out of your heart And shoot it into the ground But the wave it broke before you awoke And all you’ve left is a dream And the wind will blow this boat home If together we all pull the anchor up We gathered in town lord what we found Those liars threw the bellows is in the fire We called a meeting we called it cheating On that day this is what we sang The backs of the few will break If we don’t pull this weight
2.
Good Friend 03:17
Maybe I’ll sing before I die Maybe I’ll grow wings and I’ll fly Troubled humble and true I could be a good friend to you When the wind comes a howling strong Come on in my kitchen safe and warm Like a guitar that stays in tune I could be a good friend to you To you, I could be a good friend to you When the dust of the day is settled and you sigh And you look at the truth dead in the eye And if what’s looking back it makes you blue I could be a good friend to you I could live a dream between these mountains and I could chase the tail of the day and we could do right as we pass through and I could be a good friend to you Maybe the seeds you hold In my garden can grow
3.
Marigold, she plants her flowers in rows And they grow around her feet Between her toes She sure does love this land Takes my hand and shows me the way She’s a Tennessee breeze Marigold, she grows the kisses she blows Carried by the wind they fall and are sewn Into the ground on which she stands She sure does love this land She takes my hand and shows me the way She’s a Tennessee breeze And everybody knows my sweet Marigold And everybody knows my sweet marigold Cause she shows us the way She’s a Tennessee breeze
4.
The moon brings the devil out of me As I walk down the windy streets of her soul The whole world seemed to sleep so quietly As we sang don’t look back and don’t let go But every time I get into The same old trouble I’ve been through I look for the answers in an empty well And try to tell what I can already tell The howling hounds that fill my mixed up mind Are muzzled on the brink of an endless night But tomorrow when there’s strangers at my door The dogs will be barking once more But every time that I go through The things I should and should not do I find myself breaking all the rules I wonder if she broke hers too Now the trees still stand The rivers are running But they’re flooding the land I know they roll and flow But I don’t care where they go Somewhere near a dream I opened my eyes And felt the spell upon the night And as I looked out the window that night Far away I saw a lonesome light I’ve read that light in a book before Across a bay where lovers play And as I laid my head to pray Beside me she awoke and walked away Now the trees still stand The rivers are running But they’re flooding the land I know they roll and flow But I don’t care where they go The moon abbreviates the sun ‘Til the morning bells are rung She’s walking through the rain Down the road Singing her true love’s song Now the trees still stand The rivers are running But they’re flooding the land I know they roll and flow But I don’t care where they go
5.
Let the highways bleed and damn their roads You know that it’s a long time coming Everybody’s feeling it, everybody’s feeling it Coming on You can feel stirring in the dust out west You can feel it changing all the fears that you love best Change change the moments turn into days Change change You know that it’s a long time coming Everybody’s feeling it, everybody’s feeling it Coming on Past the overgrown homes roam the vagrant dreams Sleep in boxcars throw the seeds that grown between Change change, the yields turn the fields to gray Turned the water red the well is a tombstone Breathless in the river and the sky is on parole Change change the moments turn into days Let the highways bleed and damn their roads You know that it’s a long time coming Everybody’s feeling it, everybody’s feeling it Coming on As the tide grows higher than the hearts and homes Memories will rise out of the water and bone And change change the moments turn into days Change change, you know that it’s a long time coming

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released November 26, 2015

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Eric George Burlington, Vermont

Eric George is a Vermont-based songwriter, sound engineer, and performer of original music and poetry. One of the most prolific folk musicians of the Northeast music scene, he is intent upon maintaining the integrity of American folk music while taking a contemporary approach to songwriting. ... more

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