Days All Dark with Dust

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DAYS ALL DARK WITH DUST

A rusty rail line stretches
From the mountains to the west
Where the ghosts of workers wander
Still hoping to be blessed
By the fickle hands of fortune
Or the laughing lips of luck
Like tramps they walk forever
Through those days all dark with dust

There's a frame upon a mantle
That someone left behind
A worn man in his one good suit
Maybe nineteen twenty-nine
He came back from the Great War
No god or flag to trust
So he rode the rods and boxcars
Through those days all dark with dust

Chorus:
Have you seen the scars of times too hard
Upon an old man's face?
Have you heard the songs from migrant tongues
Pushed on from place to place?
Like blood these stories travel
As each generation's must
Through veins of hope and heartache
And days all dark with dust

A young boy sits and listens
While his grandpa smokes and speaks
Of how it felt to walk for miles
With bare and ragged feet
No boots of fancy leather
Can never heal the cuts
Of a childhood lost to labor
In those days all dark with dust

Chorus

Now the factories are crumbling
In the land where once we searched For a place to sow our seeds of dreams My god, how hard we worked!
From dry dirt fields to streets of steel Now turning red with rust
Long memories mark our struggles
In those days all dark with dust

Chorus

Like blood these stories travel
As each generation's must
Through veins of hope and heartache And days all dark with dust

© 2014 N. Moore and K. Downing

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from Scoundrels That We Are, released January 17, 2016
Nathan Moore: guitar, vocals
Kate Downing: banjo, vocals
Rachael Young: bass, vocals

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Monday Morning Denial Eugene, Oregon

Monday Morning Denial is a folk music duo featuring husband-and-wife songwriting team Kate Downing and Nathan Moore. They craft and perform “underdog folk” songs that champion the struggles of everyday people to find hope in the midst of hard times.

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