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  1. Down To It

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Mike Bailey- acoustic guitar and vocal note: true story from year 1889

Lyrics

Down To It

It’s 1889 and it’s a dreary valentine’s day
There’s 500 pounds of bacon out back and the undertaker’s on his way
With his big black wagon and horses to take my husband away
He’s out in the well house, his two oldest see him, and I can’t look away
[ Don’t know what to say, I hope that wagon gets here today]

Pigs are slaughtered, fields plowed, store is stocked for Spring
He’s dead at 38 years old no one can say a thing
What am I supposed to dowith this farm, store and land?
My brother in law he’s taking over, meanwhile my youngest three cannot understand
[they’ve never seen a dead man, much less their dad]

(Chorus)
When it all comes down to it, we’re really all alone
Dreams get buried in the ground and life just keeps going on
Life just keeps rolling on

I never knew my daddy no picture on the wall
Mama told us so many things, he was so brave and so tall
Dad never came back from the war, his body was never found
In Virginia, where we’ve never been, that’s where the battle went down
[where the civil war battle went down]

Momma cried in the dark sometimes, my older sister too
I didn’t cry, I never understood what I should do
How to feel about the first thing taken away when I was born
Since that day seems black is the main color I have worn
[losing everybody since the day I was born]

[Chorus]
When it all comes down to it, we’re really all alone
Dreams get buried in the ground and life just keeps going on
Life just keeps rolling on