The Slightest Breeze

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I was young when the bank men took our land
Sold it to some richer man
Out of Baltimore

And so my father and his second wife Annette
With a newborn at her breast
Could barely weather the storm

You never know what you have till it's gone
The right words till you've said it wrong
The slightest breeze to blow along
Can knock you down

Now Bernadine, she was a tomboy from up the road
We'd catch cicadas and skip stones
Count the passing railway cars

Hell, she was wild as them ponies up by Kemper Creek
Beautiful and free
No man could tame her heart

You never know what you have till it's gone
A broken heart till you've loved someone
The slightest breeze to blow along
Can knock you down

My father found work at a meat packing plant further north
His family to support
Still barely scraping by

I would dream of rusted skies and sparrow calls
Bernadine in torn overalls
Her hand in mine

You never know what you have till it's gone
The truth you've known for so long
That the slightest breeze to blow along
Can knock you down

And I spent years in a town of smoke and steam
Till I got word that Bernadine
Had taken ill one day

So I took a train to find the farm that the bank men stole
Stripped for a laundromat and liquor store
And the nurse at the hospital
Said I was too late

You never know what you have till it's gone
Some ponies don't stay wild for long
And the slightest breeze to blow along
Can knock you down
Can knock you down

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from When The Dust Settles, released December 9, 2011

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The Parlor Soldiers Fredericksburg, Virginia

Fredericksburg songwriters Alex Culbreth and Karen Jonas are joined by Dan Dutton on double bass as they play the usual tunes of heartache and heartbreak along with some more niche pieces about outlaws, sheriffs, hookers, and whiskey. Together they weave stories and harmonies that will make you pull your heart out of your chest and dance all over it. Figuratively. theparlorsoldiers@gmail.com ... more

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