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there's no need to say what townes van zandt means to me. this is my poor personal attempt to pay tribute to him. I had the pleasure of having my friend chris lawton (from thayer cabin, a great band) on dobro on this one, so thank you very much chris. I recorded this song on the day of my 35th birthday and I have been as respectful and honest as a man can be. I can't possibly match townes in anyway, I just did it for myself and hope you enjoy.

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The name she gave was caroline
Daughter of a miner
Her ways were free
It seemed to me
That sunshine walked beside her

She came from spencer
Across the hill
She said her pa had sent her
'cause the coal was low
And soon the snow
Would turn the skies to winter

She said she'd come
To look for work
She was not seeking favors
And for a dime a day
And a place to stay
She'd turn those hands to labor

But the times were hard, lord,
The jobs were few
All through tecumseh valley
But she asked around
And a job she found
Tending bar at gypsy sally's

She saved enough to get back home
When spring replaced the winter
But her dreams were denied
Her pa had died
The word come down from spencer

So she turned to whorin' out on the streets
With all the lust inside her
And it was many a man
Returned again
To lay himself beside her

They found her down beneath the stairs
That led to gypsy sally's
In her hand when she died
Was a note that cried
Fare thee well... tecumseh valley

The name she gave was caroline
Daughter of a miner
Her ways were free
It seemed to me
That sunshine walked beside her

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from Hypnotic Dirge 2013​/​14 | The Wild Haunts Us Still; Disillusionment and Indifference, released December 3, 2013
c. - Vocals, Guitar
Chris Lawton - Dobro

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