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#1178548 - 07/14/21 07:27 PM Hickory Hill  
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https://soundcloud.com/wabash-cannibal/hickory-hill-demo


Hickory Hill


Set the phone back down beside my bed
Wiped my cheeks and tried to clear my head
Made sure my suit was packed
Got my truck and tossed my tools in back
And with the morning highway stretched ahead of me
Somehow on that blurry blacktop I could see

Hickory Hill and a grove of crooked trees
Old bluegrass songs still ride the evening breeze
Summers with my granpa there
Pipe smoke in the mountain air
And the sound of midnight whippoorwills
Granpa was the handy type
And he carved his fav’rite pipe
From a tree up on Hickory Hill


Like granpa I’m a carpenter by trade
And the cross I wear is one I made
So I understood gramma’s request
How it might relieve her loneliness
So I set up in their dusty old garage
and I swore in her eyes I could see a sad mirage

Hickory Hill and a grove of kissing trees
Lavender moons and a bed of fallen leaves
Evenings with my granpa there
Dancing in the mountain air
To the sound of distant whippoorwills
They raised seven kids
And my granpa made their cribs
From a tree up on Hickory Hill

Black umbrellas on a rainy morn’
Preacher talked of grief and life reborn
I held gramma in the misty chill
Sunshine split the clouds above the hill
Native soil upon the hand carved casket lid
It was part of him and now he’s part of it


Hickory Hill and a grove of lonesome trees
Old memories hang beside the haunted leaves
Watchin’ over granpa there
While he said his nightly prayers
With the ghosts of midnight whippoorwills
O and just like gramma said
I made his eternal bed
From a tree up on Hickory Hill


Sometimes I touch my cross with a shaking hand
And I see him walking on that sacred land


Copyright 2009
by Robert George and Cameron Earnshaw



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Nashville demos etc:

https://www.soundclick.com/bands3/default.cfm?bandID=431939

other demos:

https://soundcloud.com/wabash-cannibal

Amazon Kindle books by Robert George you may enjoy:

1) Americana

2) Teenage Graceland

3) The Will to Be

4) Fort Mystery

5) Wheel Sea

6) My One True Love
#1178558 - 07/14/21 11:09 PM Re: Hickory Hill [Re: couchgrouch]  
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One of your best songs here CG. The vocal is outstanding.

Steve


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#1178587 - 07/15/21 01:45 PM Re: Hickory Hill [Re: couchgrouch]  
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Great story song, couchgrouch. Well written and nicely produced. Loving all those images. Paints a nice picture.

#1178671 - 07/18/21 08:59 AM Re: Hickory Hill [Re: couchgrouch]  
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Thanks Steve and Marilyn. smile


Nashville demos etc:

https://www.soundclick.com/bands3/default.cfm?bandID=431939

other demos:

https://soundcloud.com/wabash-cannibal

Amazon Kindle books by Robert George you may enjoy:

1) Americana

2) Teenage Graceland

3) The Will to Be

4) Fort Mystery

5) Wheel Sea

6) My One True Love
#1178672 - 07/18/21 11:03 AM Re: Hickory Hill [Re: couchgrouch]  
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Just a quick question, CG, I have read your lyrics as far back as 2002 and listened to the songs, all of which are some of, if not, all of the best stuff on this site. Has any of it made it to radio because I assume most of it, when fully produced should be there? Steve

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#1178673 - 07/18/21 12:42 PM Re: Hickory Hill [Re: couchgrouch]  
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Hi, Steve and thank you. A couple have made it to bluegrass/Americana radio. Calico Sundown and Heavy Cross to Bear, as I recall.

I've got an indie cut in limbo thanks to the craziness in the U.K. I've got the artist demo and I think it's a standard. I have high hopes for it. She can really sing.

You have to spend ALOT of time in Nashville networking. Very expensive.

But that's the game and you have to play to win.

No complaints.
No regrets.

Last edited by couchgrouch; 07/18/21 12:53 PM.

Nashville demos etc:

https://www.soundclick.com/bands3/default.cfm?bandID=431939

other demos:

https://soundcloud.com/wabash-cannibal

Amazon Kindle books by Robert George you may enjoy:

1) Americana

2) Teenage Graceland

3) The Will to Be

4) Fort Mystery

5) Wheel Sea

6) My One True Love
#1178688 - 07/18/21 03:26 PM Re: Hickory Hill [Re: couchgrouch]  
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Robert

This song kicks a**!

Mackie

#1178724 - 07/19/21 01:52 PM Re: Hickory Hill [Re: couchgrouch]  
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Thanks, Mack. smile










Last edited by couchgrouch; 07/19/21 02:10 PM.

Nashville demos etc:

https://www.soundclick.com/bands3/default.cfm?bandID=431939

other demos:

https://soundcloud.com/wabash-cannibal

Amazon Kindle books by Robert George you may enjoy:

1) Americana

2) Teenage Graceland

3) The Will to Be

4) Fort Mystery

5) Wheel Sea

6) My One True Love
#1178981 - 07/25/21 05:59 PM Re: Hickory Hill [Re: couchgrouch]  
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Late to the party but I've been spending some quality back country time in a cabin overlooking a verdant valley with my Bene

No Couch song is complete without a reference to the Moon...and that Whippoorwill also made an appearance.

Very nicely done and radio ready. Love the bridge...altogether top notch


If writing ever becomes work I think I'm going to have to stop

My Youtube Channel <<<>>> iAccountant
#1179246 - 08/04/21 05:05 PM Re: Hickory Hill [Re: couchgrouch]  
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Thanks, John. We were pretty proud of it. &#128512;


Nashville demos etc:

https://www.soundclick.com/bands3/default.cfm?bandID=431939

other demos:

https://soundcloud.com/wabash-cannibal

Amazon Kindle books by Robert George you may enjoy:

1) Americana

2) Teenage Graceland

3) The Will to Be

4) Fort Mystery

5) Wheel Sea

6) My One True Love
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