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Moonshiner
(G. Liszt)

Been a moonshiner since the day I was born,
I drunk up all my money and
I stilled up all my corn,
Been a moonshiner and I’m numb to pain,
If you could have been me,
You’d have done the same,

Came into the world rugged at the get go,
A deep dark hole got dug out of the meadow,
Looking back it’s just a blanket of gray,
I lived all the trouble then I drank it away.

I've seen so many good people laid in the shade,
I’ve been around,
I’ve seen many a good maiden betrayed,
Look into that cup it’s a crying shame,
Better to live high than to die in pain,

Been a moonshiner since the day I was born,
I drunk up all my money
I stilled up my corn,
If I had them I'd fly away with a couple I wings,
But I just have my way with the trouble it brings.

Time and again her papa just told her no,
Time and again I see her now
Getting older slow,
We never did to come to pass,
There’s still fun,
But I can’t get fun to last,
Come on moonshiners, stand in a row,
I see you looking abandoned and low,
There’s a lot that could have been
That you couldn’t be true to,
It’s a bad feeling I know it better than you do.

Too many old biscuits and leftover flapjacks,
And under my bed,
Too many little satchels and backpacks,
Loved the girls since I came to life,
My testament I blessed them in the name of Christ,
So be mine babe, you get a cart and bull,
Billy goat gruff and liquor by the carton-full
Be mine,
You get a diamond ring,
Live in an oak tree all the time and sing,
But I’ve been a moonshiner since the day I was born,
I drunk up all my money and
I stilled up all of my corn,
Tell me to quit it and every day I’ll try,
But I’ll be a moonshiner till the day I die.

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from Carry Me To Home, released June 22, 2011

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