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Backup Wells - Shades Below Superior

This is the first of several songs in a collaboration with Laura Kepner-Adney. Laura has a beautiful voice and a gift for arranging music. It is an exciting project with more to come.
Featuring Ryan Anderson on harmonica.

Lyrics:

As a boy in desperate times I left my home
with empty pockets the desert I did roam
and in search of my master
I gazed up at its cloudless dome

I met a man at the inn who paid my stay
He said “my son what would you give up for a wage?”
and in his coal black eyes
I knew I’d signed myself away

But finally with a wage that I could send
for my starving family I would descend
in to those shades below
where I would one day meet my end

Now I know
I was born a station below
and greed has locked the door
and I will be here forever more

The days were long, the hours hard, and we were ill
We slept on damp and stony floors and by God’s will
The man slept in comfort
in his house up on the hill

After many years of sending home our pay
A friend was working when the ground ‘neath him gave way
And without a second thought
I turned to free him from the clay

The rafters in the mine they creaked and ached
A beam came crashing down and severed our escape
and as we sucked that precious air
We cursed the man who sealed our fate

Now I know
I was born a station below
and greed has locked the door
and I will be here forever more

Far far below
The surface that I call home
Locked beneath the desert floor
I will be here forever more

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K. SCOT SPARKS   79+intercessions's avatar
K. SCOT SPARKS 79+intercessions said

This is SO hip, man; thanks for checking mi fledglings out.

Best kss

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K. SCOT SPARKS 79+intercessions said

: ))))))))))))))))))

Guest said

Cool Man!

JRR

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Johnny Stone said

Top track mate very cool dig it.

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Summer Lungs said

I really like the morricone/lee hazelwood vibe of this song. well done.

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Will I Ram said

Love this! Very Mark Lanegan, or Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan like.

Guest said

GREAT STORY..very sad. I am confident in saying Johnny Cash would have been happy to sing this.

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another cultural landslide said

Brando…I LOVE IT! Wonderful harmonies! Can’t wait for the future!
w;-)

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kirklynch said

Wonderful track!

K. SCOT SPARKS   79+intercessions's avatar
K. SCOT SPARKS 79+intercessions said

…BEAUTIOUS INTRO, SENOR!

K. SCOT SPARKS   79+intercessions's avatar
K. SCOT SPARKS 79+intercessions said

…yes! ..beautiful, man.

best REgards- kss

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another cultural landslide said

Wow - what a change of pace from previous Brando works… in lyrics as well as style! Yowza! Keep stretching out, sir - I’m loving it. Excellent. k

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Wildgeas Music said

Reminds me of Jimmy Dean’s Big John. One of my favorites.

Guest said

what a beaut!

JRR

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Wildgeas Music said

This is one of the coolest songs ever.
I love it :)

Guest said

Whoa horse, I gotta hole up here for a spell. This is great. My kinda tune.

Guest said

Kinda like cabaret cowboy! Sweet!

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Mr Sandbags said

After several listens I am better able to describe my reactions. I love the way you let the track build up in it’s own time, unhurried. I love the sound, the rhythm, and the desolate, but stoic, feelings you evoke. Kudos to both of you!

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Mr Sandbags said

OMG utterly fantastic!

Saved!