i was a young man's son

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I WAS A YOUNG MAN'S SON

verse(6 count): C G
pre-chorus: (Am Em) x2 Am C
chorus: G Bdim C C
bridge: G G D D Em Em C C (G D Em Em) x2 G D Em C

kentucky stole my soul & nothing can bring it back
you give me everything you owe. you owe me a second act

[pre-chorus]
oh someday they will sell my grave
another acre they will pave & i need somebody to save me

[chorus]
oh i was a young man's son x2

the river, like the heart you break
forever takes the same old path
mistakes any man could make my father couldn't do the math

[pre]
& someday they will sell my name
every acre stays the same. i don't need anyone to blame me

[chorus]
oh i was a young man's son x2
the work here is never done

[bridge]
& we will stay true & pay all our dues
but if our best can't make it last
well my old man's already passed
i hope my children never ask
why their old man is always living in the past

[chorus]
oh i was a young man's son x2
the work here is never done
we work through the setting sun
these fields never get full grown
but i've got a son of my own

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from in the year you were born, track released September 11, 2012

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the young novelists Toronto, Ontario

Exclaim! dubbed their first EP “unpretentious brilliance” and this Toronto-based folk-roots band has won critical acclaim ever since. Stephen Fearing described them as having “tight arrangements, great dynamics, and good songs with beautiful harmonies” and their live shows capture audiences with both barnstorming singalongs and heartbreaking folk ballads. ... more

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