Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Panic of 1837 :: Jayber Crow

i had the privilege of not only getting to visit my hometown of choice [decorah, ia] this past weekend, but also to hear the musical stylings of none other than jayber crow. jayber crow is comprised of two guys, zach hawkins [fellow luther alum] and pete nelson. their music, as previously mentioned by sumner, really is reminiscent of the midwest...or at least the midwest that i grew up in. it always reminds me of 'home' and my families.

anyway, it was really great to see these guys perform and to hear some of their new music! it's so new, that there's not even a clip online that i can post on here for y'all to listen to, so you'll have to go to jayber crow's myspace page HERE to give it a listen. they've got a new album out called "two short stories"...and that's exactly what it is! the first 5 songs of the album is called 'freeze and thaw', while the last 6 make up 'where is this wilderness'.

the songs that they write are mostly about learning and growing and places that change you, or at least, that's what my interpretation is...i really dig their music, and hopefully, so will you! this particular song is from the second story of the album and is about john deere and his plow. for those of you who have grown up on farms and understand the significance of such machinery, then you'll enjoy this song. for those of you city folk, well...here's a little history lesson :) the lyrics aren't up anywhere online, so i typed them up really quick, so my apologies in advance if i've screwed any of them up...

hope y'all enjoy.
the end.
<3,
meggo.


Panic of 1837::Jayber Crow

so let us sing of sandy soil
virgin prairie left unspoiled
and all the tall grass
dying when winter came

coming back up in the spring
to die again, oh let us sing
i'll tell you now, boy
just how the world was made

but oh dear, john deere
headed west across the land
oh dear, john deere
some things you give you cannot get back again
some things you give you cannot get back again

so let us sing of the frontier
what unlucky pioneers
she was fertile
but she would not plow

johnny came to make a name
thought of a plow so scouring
they sunk it in, son
and she went quietly [not sure on this line]

they tore it up, man
as far as eyes could see
and they sent her down the mississippi river

whoaaa!!!!

oh dear, john deere
sank the steel into the land
oh dear, john deere
some things you give you cannot get back again
some things you give you cannot get back again
some things you give you cannot get back again
some things you give you cannot get back again

2 comments:

Dylan said...

excellent song choice. i really enjoy the lyrics, especially "oh dear john deere"

Jeremy Good said...

I love this song. Jayber Crow came to Goshen College where I got to hear them. They are now one of my favorite bands.