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Tecumseh Valley
By Townes Van Zandt
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The name she gave was Caroline
Daughter of a miner
Her ways were free
And 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 shed come
To look for work
She was not seeking favors
And for a dime a day
And a place to stay
Shed 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
And it seemed to me
That sunshine walked beside her


Notes:

Cynthia Peterson – lead vocals
Alan Klein – vocal harmonies, guitar, percussion
Dave Lyman – vocal harmonies, guitar
Chuck Cole – mandolin
Wes Peterson – harmonica


Dave: as a musical group, we are enamored with Townes Van Zandt as a songwriter. He was a light that shone across the sky like a blazing comet only to burn out way too fast. The arrangement we heard was Nanci Griffin backed up with harmonies by Arlo Guthrie. I love being Cynthia’s Arlo Guthrie on this song.
News:

2018 is another good year for Vintage Fare and, so far, we've played some fun gigs, with more to come.

We also began performing at Bella Bru in Carmichael, a great coffee shop & restaurant that includes the Luna Lounge. We're generally there the first saturday of each month.

Check our calendar for upcoming events.


 



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