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I looked up the etymology of my first theme word and discovered that "promenade" is from a Latin term "to drive animals" (related to menace of all things), so I decided to write about a shepherd.

I worked on a sheep farm off and on when I was in high school. My German teacher and her husband raised sheep for wool. Other things I was thinking about while writing this: The pastoral story in Don Quixote (see: the electric guitar choice), that shepherd who holds the world record for long-distance running, and (weirdly) sailing songs.

I wrote the lyrics in about an hour and half on 2/1 in the morning, the music in the following hour, vowed not to overproduce it, and ended up close to doing just that. Oh well!

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D G D A
Here I can see over to the river
D G D A
And the yearlings grazing in the heather
D G D Dinv
A late sunrise through the misty dawn
D Bm A D
It's morning and my love I must be gone

Chorus
D G D F#m F#m7
Not to say you can't be on your own
D A Bm
Here there's no one to take measure of a man
D G A Bm
So feel the breeze which ever way it blows
D G Em7 D
But every night drive the flock to home

It's muddy boots and a dog as a companion
A little rain to keep your spirits damp
It's weary feet and the good green earth below ‘em
And when you're home a kettle on the stove

And sometimes when the storms are blowing
And I'm without a coat despite your ways of knowing
Then I will ponder my feet beside the fire
And I'll look to home whichever way it lies

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from The Howling Tongue of Each Other, released March 11, 2016

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baltimericana Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimericana is a place for me (Jon Patton) to stash my solo projects and collaborations with friends. I'm a writer, musician, and (unfortunately) day job schlub from Baltimore and the founder of Baltimore-based folk rock band Midway Fair (midwayfair.org). Be sure to also check out Joe Scala (joescala.wordpress.com), who produced the Baltimericana EP. ... more

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