Bad Land

from Songteller by Jeff Lane

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I didn't want her to marry him, a widower with dark eyes
In the wedlock he would bring with him, an older boy that never cried
my Momma favored some abandoned land that PaPaw left in his will
They would build us a brand new house up on that hill

First they had to burn it down, the old building that stood up there
I don't remember much about it now, but the rooms were stained and bare
The fire smoldered for seven days 'til everything had turned to ash
the lost souls that dwelled in there were sewed in the grass

you can teareth down what man hath built
you can set it all on fire
you can whisper words with your lips
but they'll hear your desires
you can dig the hole and stack your stones
with your own bare hands
but you'll never make a house your home - if you build on bad land

I saw signs of trouble there, near sunrise on Christmas Day
Shadows moving up the hallway stairs, cast a (somber sort of)colder kind of shade
they must have made it to my brother first, his room was closer than mine
after that i never cared too much for the best place in line

That dark-eyed man had his sights on me, and something had a'hold of him
It might have been the haints he'd seen, or i guess it could have been the gin
He'd rouse me up every morning (a flingin')casting cold water on my face
the day i looked down my barrel at him, the water felt like flames


from Songteller, released July 29, 2019


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Jeff Lane Tennessee

Combining soul-infused folk with a country-blues edge, Tennessee native Jeff Lane puts big stories to song from a common man's point of view. His style is like taking a ride in a '76 Thunderbird, ridin' shotgun with Bill Withers and Paul Thorn!

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