Shake the Barnyard Down

by The Family Hammer

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1.
Time to Go 02:54
You take my love for granted, you told me once before You drink ‘til you can’t barely speak, walk sideways out the door I know Sideways out the door I know Well take your wine and some of mine ‘Cause you and I both know it’s time to go Oh, Molly my dear Molly, where’d you put your ring? Why’d you quit your loving dear, you make me feel like singing soft and low Make me feel like singing soft and low You hide your love away from me And you and I both know it’s time to go I told my friends about me, about how you brought me low I told them you don’t love me, that all you do is bring me pain and woe All you do is bring me pain and woe My friends they saw it coming now And you and I both know it’s time to go It’s time you left for good, dear, it’s time to go your way Don’t know how else to tell you, I just can’t let you stay, oh no Just can’t let you stay, oh no Well call your ma or call your pa ‘Cause you and I know it’s time to go
2.
Old VA Line 04:32
Sail across the water to this lonesome land, and rest for the summer Come to Virginia with your bow in hand, and I’ll love you forever She tapped her feet, snapped her hand, and she made a mountain With amber waves, tall bluegrass, and whiskey fountains You were always there for me Off that old Virginia Line A boy grew up to fight England as an Old Line Drummer He marched behind that regiment against the red coat gunners But gunshots hit. He fell down. His body bled across that lonely ground. That’s not it. He’s still around. His beat is playing in the meadow now. You were always there for me Off that old Virginia Line A girl turned up in a station lane off that railroad Virginia She sang sweet songs through my window pane for the rest of the summer But that engine roars. Steel wheels spin. She skipped town as fast as she came in And here I stand with her memory on my mind All she left me was a note with the line You were always there for me Off that old Virginia Line You were always there for me Off that old Virginia Line
3.
Tom Dooley was a worried man He dreamt he’d lost his picking hand Milling oaks in Tennessee For Sheriff Grayson’s cabin Hucked lumber for the city hall From winter’s last until the fall Then play all night with spirits free For all the town to listen But it seems a dream is coming true Dooley’s fiddle’s out of tune The callused fingers of the hand Too old to play the blues Shake the barnyard down, Tom Shake the barnyard down But Dooley’s folk took pride in haste They would not let Tom’s talent waste They warmed his gut with moonshine stew And settled back to listen His nerves calmed down as he breathed in That musky mix of hay and gin The bass began its thumping tune And Tom Dooley set to playin’ His fiddle set to weep and wail A panacea for your ails The crowd began to rise on up And shake the barnyard down Shake the barnyard down boys, Shake the barnyard down
4.
My Time 03:40
As the sun sets low, I believe my time has come As the sun sets low, I believe my time has come As I settle down no more to roam, the chariots come to carry me home As the sun sets low, I believe my time has come The king of kings is waiting for me there The king of kings is waiting for me there As my final judgment comes to pass, I lay my burden down at last The king of kings is waiting for me there On the mountaintops I can hear the angels sing On the mountaintops I can hear the angels sing Soon I’ll join their mighty band and walk into the Promised Land On the mountaintops I can hear the angels sing As the sun sets low, I believe my time has come As the sun sets low, I believe my time has come As I settle down no more to roam, the chariots come to carry me home As the sun sets low, I believe my time has come
5.
Big Scioty 04:07
I run along that lonesome trail I jump in my boat and I set sail The devil’s fast and the devil’s mean But my guard is up and my wits are keen I’ll love that girl till the day I die And maybe even more, oh me oh my! The end is near but I won’t cry I’ll join my savior in the sky Can’t go home again, can’t go home again Long and lone the highway rolls Lord have mercy on my poor soul Left my blue eyed baby-o In a cabin on the big Scioty-o
6.
The first time I drank whiskey I don’t remember well How many drinks I had that night no human tongue can tell Until one, two, three AM my judgment did not fail Until I lost my pants and I crashed my car and I ended up in jail The whiskey-o, the whiskey-o, the whiskey-o Don’t want nothing with the whiskey-o My girl she went out on the town to have a little fun My friends they later told me she was not the only one She had time for my friend Johnny, she had time for my friend Tom She had time for one, two, three, four times, times to do me wrong The women-o, the women-o, the women-o Don’t want nothing with the women-o I went down to Louisiana to fix up my poor heart I took a stack of dollar bills with which I would soon part I gambled in the parlors, I gambled in the yards I gambled my last dollar on a goddamned game of cards The gamblers-o, the gamblers-o, the gamblers-o Don’t want nothing with the gamblers-o The whiskey-o, the whiskey-o, the whiskey-o Don’t want nothing with the whiskey-o
7.
There’s a well beaten path in the old mountainside Where I wandered when I was a lad And I wandered alone to the place I call home In those Blueridge hills far away Oh I love those hills of old Virginia From those Blueridge hills I did roam When I die won’t you bury me on the mountain Far away near my Blueridge mountain home Now my thoughts wander back to that ramshackle shack In those blue ridge hills far away Where my mother and dad were laid there to rest They are sleeping in peace together there I return to that old cabin home with the sigh I’ve been longing for days gone by When I die won’t you bury me on that old mountain side Make my resting place upon the hills so high
8.
Storm Song 04:34
Blue moon Kentucky off the Eastern Front, beyond the shoreline and the bay A skipjack surrenders to an angry wind, and ten sad souls were swept away Beyond this land a lighthouse stands, guarded by the chaos and the fog My true one’s love lies trembling above, I shall respond to her call There’s a light in your eye, and it won’t calm down And it’s calling me back to you And I know by now, this wind will kill me somehow In the beginning is the end Help me realize The Sun set swiftly as I traveled on, the storm it followed ‘long the way It spread its angry wings around me and the lighthouse slowly dimmed away The waves they slammed like a hard headed ram, the hull was swallowed by its mouth My love, My love, I’m losing you, beyond the shadow of a doubt Below is water, above is rain, and in between there is the storm Calm your daughter, because I’ve known pain and the dullness and the dimness of the shore I’ve been cut and I’ve been bled and I’ve been scarred and it’s been said My blood runs deep throughout this sea My said it shed, I fell starboard ‘cross my head, now the sea runs deep inside of me.
9.
Oh I ain’t got no use No I ain’t got no use For that red rocking chair Ain’t got no honey baby now Ain’t got no sugar baby now Oh it’s who’ll rock the cradle Who’ll sing this song Who’ll rock the cradle when I’m gone Who’ll rock the cradle when I’m gone Oh it’s I’ll rock the cradle And I’ll sing this song I’ll rock the cradle when you’re gone I’ll rock the cradle when you’re gone Oh it’s all I can do It’s all I can say Gonna send you to your momma next pay day Gonna send you to your momma next pay day Oh it’s all I can do It’s all I can say I can’t go along this way I can’t go along this way Oh I ain’t got no use No I ain’t got no use For that red rocking chair Ain’t got no honey baby now Ain’t got no sugar baby now
10.
Tam Lin 05:35

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Debut album of The Family Hammer!

The Family Hammer consists of Nick Bayard (guitar, vocals), Ted Collins (bass, vocals), Wren Elhai (fiddle, mandolin, vocals), Neal Humphrey (fiddle, vocals) and Ryan Wittke (banjo, dobro, vocals)

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released July 9, 2011

Mixed by Peter Richan, Buckeye Recording. Recorded by Jack Bryant. Special thanks to Maria Bryk for her photograpy, Mari Kittredge for photography and video, and Maia Lee for album design, patience, and excellence as overall band girlfriend.

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