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Monroe Crossing- Minnesota's Bluegrass Ambassadors -
Lyrics from Monroe Crossing's 'Across the Blue Mountains'
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ACROSS THE BLUE MOUNTAINS
(Public Domain)

One morning, one morning, one morning in May
I heard a married man to a young girl say
Go dress you up pretty Katie and come go with me
across the Blue Mountains to the Allegheny

I'll buy you a horse, love, and a saddle to ride
I'll buy myself another to ride by your side
We'll stop at every tavern, we'll drink when we're dry
Across the Blue Mountains go my Katie and I

Well, up spoke her mother, and angry was she then
Saying,, Daughter, oh dear daughter, he's a married man
And there's young men a'plenty more handsome than he
Let him take his own wife to the Allegheny

Oh mother, oh mother, he's the man of my heart
And wouldn't it be a dreadful thing if we should have to part
For I'd envy every woman who I'd ever see
go cross the Blue Mountains to the Allegheny

We left before daybreak on a buckskin and a roan
Past tall shivering pines where mockingbirds moan
Past dark cabin windows where eyes never see
Across the Blue Mountains to the Allegheny

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THE RAIN WAS TURNING INTO SNOW
(Bill Philipp & Matt Thompson, Inside Track Pub.)

We loved each other in the springtime
and the summer days were warm and bright
The autumn winds that brought a change, dear
I knew that something wasn't right

CHORUS:
Your love's grown colder than the winter
Darling, this is how I know
When you said you didn't love me
the rain was turning into snow

I can't believe you never loved me
Your tender kisses wouldn't lie
But now we've said goodbye and parted
I'll never know the reason why
CHORUS

Someday, sweetheart, I might forget you
and learn to love again somehow
But as the years roll by, I realize
your memory lingers even now
CHORUS

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PATIENCE
(Art Blackburn, Sloppy Bob's Music)

If I can't come to find a way, dear
a way to bear these pains and trials
I will surely lose your love, dear
a love I've known only a while

Calmly and without complaint, love
now must I endure this time
‘Til you can clearly see your heart, love
‘Til you can come to know your mind

CHORUS:
The ground we have broken, seeds we have sewn
can grow to be the most fulfilling love we've ever known
You say you need a while to think, some time to be alone
But patience is a virtue I have never known

Your love is worth each sacrifice, dear
that I will ever have to make
For all good things, my little darlin'
will come in time to those who wait

Oh, and how you make me feel, love
when you're lyin' here with me
I know our love will bloom forever
All our lives we'll happy be
CHORUS

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TWO MEN A PRAYIN'
(listed as Public Domain, author may be Randall Hylton)

CHORUS:
There were two men a'prayin', two men a'prayin'
Two men a'prayin' to the Lord
One was a sinner, one was Pharisee
Two men a'prayin' to the Lord

The Pharisee was proud, he shouted out loud
Dear God, there's no dirt upon my hands
I'm perfect, I'm strong, I've never done wrong
I'm thankful I'm not like the sinner man
CHORUS

The sinner looked down with his face to the ground
ashamed to even lift his tremblin' voice
I'm guilty, Lord, he cried, I'm weak down inside
Have mercy on me for I am lost
CHORUS

The bible says the Lord listened to both prayers
He listened and He gave it all some thought
And the Pharisee's fate like it was before he prayed
but the sinner found a place in God's own heart
CHORUS

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ALL MY LIFE
(Pat Donohue, Salspot Music)

You can say goodbye, you can close the door
You can drift ‘til the tide washes you ashore
You can throw me out, you can be untrue
You can break my heart, but I'll still love you

CHORUS:
And I want you to know you can count on me
Like each moment in time, it will always be
For as long as I live and with all my might
All that I have to give, all my love all my life

On the day you came how the sun did shine
and you had no name, so I gave you mine
And the world will turn, many things you'll see
but you'll never learn what you mean to me
CHORUS

When the days get long and the nights grow cold
and the lonesome wind tries to chill your soul
You can call my name, you can hold my hand
I have known the same, I will understand
CHORUS

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NAIL THAT CATFISH TO A TREE
(Steve Rosen)

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FRIENDSHIP'S ROAD
(Art Blackburn, Sloppy Bob's Music)

Friendship is a chain of gold
Shaped in God's all-perfect mold
Each link a smile, a laugh, a tear
A grip of the hand, a word of cheer

As steadfast as the ages roll
Binding closer soul to soul
No matter how far or heavy the load
Sweet is the journey on friendship's road

Jesus is a friend for life
Guiding through all toil and strife
No matter how far or heavy the load
Sweet is the journey on friendship's road

Sweet is the journey on friendship's road
Sweet is the journey on friendship's road
Sweet is the journey on friendship's road
Sweet is the journey on friendship's road

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FROG
(Lisa Fuglie, Lisa Fuglie Music)

I wonder what it's like to be a tree
Face up to the sky, grass against my knees
Growing home, already home

I wonder what it's like to be a bug
Such a short life, I wonder what it's like
to be a hair brushed from your shoulder

Oh, glory be.

I wonder what it's like to be mud
To have a skeleton of pennies
Pigs laughing above me

I wonder what it's like to be a frog
On my own cool pad, in my own cool bog
with mosquitoes that taste like marshmallows

I wonder what it's like to be a sunflower
Following the sun, flowering when the
time is right, what a nice life

Oh, glory by
Glory be for mystery

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DOWN IN THE WILLOW GARDEN
(Public Domain)

Down in the willow garden
where me and my true love did meet
It was there we went a'courtin'
my love fell off to sleep
I had a bottle of burgundy wine
My true love, she did not know
It was there I murdered that dear little girl
down on the banks below

I drew my saber through her
and it was a bloody knife
I threw her into the river
and it was an awful sight
My father often he told me
that money would set me free
If I but murdered that dear little girl
whose name was Rose Connolly

Now he stands at his cabin door
wipin' his tear dimmed eyes
Gazin' on his own dear son
upon the gallows high
My race is run beneath the sun
The devil is waiting for me
For I did murder that dear little girl
whose name was Rose Connolly

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LETTER FROM MY DARLIN'
(Bill Monroe, Unichappel Music Inc., BMI)

I can't answer her letter
for she left me no address
You should know my little darlin'
You left my poor heart in distress

CHORUS:
I got a letter from my darlin'
She said she hated to go
It broke my heart, the words she wrote me
She closed by sayin', I love you so

She wrote the words she knew would hurt me
She said I never could be true
I've tried, I've tried my little darlin'
to prove my love was just for you
CHORUS

The letter meant goodbye forever
though we'll have each other's heart
Our love will fade away in sadness
Precious one, why did we have to part
CHORUS

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ANNABELLE
(Gillian Welch, Irving Music Inc./Say Uncle Music, BMI)

We lease twenty acres and one Ginny mule
from the Alabama trust
Half of the cotton, third of the corn
we get a handful of dust

CHORUS:
We cannot have all things to please us
no matter how we try
Until we've all gone to Jesus
we can only wonder why

I had a daughter, called her Annabelle
She's the apple of my eye
Tried to give her something like I never had
I didn't want to ever hear her cry
CHORUS

And when I'm dead and buried, I'll take a hard life of tears
from every day I've ever known
Anna's in the churchyard, she's got no life at all
She only got these words on a stone
CHORUS

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TALLAHASSEE
(Bill Monroe, Unichappel Music Inc., BMI)

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BEFORE YOU LEFT ME BEHIND
(Art Blackburn, Sloppy Bob's Music)

Thought of you again, you've been on my mind
Been so all alone, I'm just marking time
Loneliness is so unkind
since you left me behind

I know you think you did things you thought were best
I'd give everything to make it one year less
The days when love was blind
before you left me behind

CHORUS:
I never claimed to be no rich man
Swear I didn't tell you any lies
Love, it came to us so easy
Holdin' you there by my side
before you left me behind

Heart's been so empty, time's eased my pain
Friends say I'll find true love some day
Someone who'll never remind me of
the one that left me behind

Thought of you again, you've been on my mind
Been so all alone, I'm just marking time
Loneliness is so unkind
since you left me behind
CHORUS

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