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#1161749 - 02/22/20 10:51 PM Mouth of the Holler  
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This is a lyric inspired by a true story.. a couple true stories, actually, that I combined. Set in the holler my mother grew up in.. Coal Branch Holler, in Logan, WV.

c2019
Lori Lorenz

V1
We rode our bikes up that old holler road
Hell bent for leather and 15 years old
I followed you up where the old asphalt slides
You popped your last wheely and went over the side
When they brung you up you was battered and broke
Like that old greasy chain and that rusty old spoke
They carried you down to the main road again
My handlebar tassles just waved in the wind

Cho
The mouth of the holler will swallow you whole
That dark haunted river will rumble and roll
You'll stand on that mountain like Moses is kin
Till the mouth of the holler spits you back out again

V2
Your mama sat by you from dusk until dawn
Her teardrops left stains on the suit you had on
She kept trying to warm up your hands with her own
No one could get her to leave you alone
They lowered you down in your cold muddy grave
The grief knocked her off of her feet like a wave
The first shovel full drew a low mournful cry
For the last of her babies to live brief and die

Cho
The mouth of the holler will swallow you whole
That dark haunted river will rumble and roll
You'll stand on that mountain like Moses is kin
Till the mouth of the holler spits you back out again

V3
Now I'm 40 years older than I was that day
My mountains are steel, not boulders and clay
I stand at the top eye to eye with the Man
And ask him why you were the sacrificed lamb

Cho
The mouth of the holler will swallow you whole
The deep muddy river will rumble and roll
You'll stand on that mountain like  Moses is kin
Till the mouth of the holler spits you back out again


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#1161757 - 02/23/20 08:11 AM Re: Mouth of the Holler [Re: rubysshoes]  
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A fine lyric.
I was imagining Bobbie Gentry doing this as I read but it would suit a number of others.

Vic


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#1161768 - 02/23/20 10:41 PM Re: Mouth of the Holler [Re: rubysshoes]  
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Lori,

Nice job with this one as well--good story, some really great lines in the lyric. In the reading, the line "The grief knocked her off her feet like a wave" didn't quite resonate for me and felt more like a filler line to maintain the rhyme . . . but in the context of the music it might work just fine. Just something for you to think about as you move towards putting it to music. Really strong lyric--I'll look forward to hearing the musical version.

My best to you,

Deej

#1161773 - 02/23/20 11:11 PM Re: Mouth of the Holler [Re: Deej56]  
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Thank you, yes I have an acapella work video for this one as well, I'll try and post tomorrow smile


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#1161825 - 02/25/20 10:10 PM Re: Mouth of the Holler [Re: rubysshoes]  
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Wow Lori. I really liked this. The story is great and you put it in a song with great lyrics. Can’t wait for the finished product.

#1161924 - 02/27/20 07:09 AM Re: Mouth of the Holler [Re: rubysshoes]  
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There's nothing to critique here Lori.

What's not to love about this from my POV.

Geneva


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