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  1. Carolina

From the recording Take Me to the Desert

Lyrics

Foothills Appalachia
Have swallowed up my mind again
The wind speaks in foreign tongue
And only I can understand
Her whisper when she beckons me
To sell my soul to her poplar trees
When I die I'll be in Carolina
 
I used to slave the city streets
But who's name was I makin'
It drove me into misery
A state I hadn't chosen
So I gave two weeks and I hung my tie
Once a suit, now I'm naked
I will die in peace in Carolina
 
I had a box where I kept my pain
So it wouldn't weigh upon me
I lugged it around all my days
And I burned the golden screw key
So I set off for the Outer Banks
And watched by little box drift away
I have found my peace 
 
Disease got the best of me
But I don't need your prayers
My dear, it's not a tragedy
'Cause I am free as ever
A passing life can be so sweet
When my true north takes me out east
I will die in peace in Carolina
 
The sting of death is dulcified
When I am with my loved ones
The dogs down here know my eyes
They are my true companions
They taught me to set fear aside
And howl hallelu to the mountain night
I will die in peace in Carolina
 
They taught me to set fear aside
And howl hallelu to the mountain night
I will die in peace in Carolina