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There were mothers crying on both sides
That's a war like any war
came back and married that girl that he left behind
went back to working at the family store

Time and labor brought diamonds and plenty
and it got easy to expect
he'd wake up happy like the day before
and just like the day before that

Hickory is dependable, but nothing lasts like stone
he built himself a hammer then he built himself a home.

Black Tuesday was a dark surprise
The whole ceiling fell
anyone with anything took all they could carry
the rest could just fend for themselves

He could have kept that gold in his pocket
could have locked the door with his children and wife
but he paid the men who'd been working for him
lost his money but he kept his pride.

Hickory is dependable, but nothing lasts like stone
he built himself a hammer; he could build another home.

Use what you have right where you are
your old sweater is your brand new scarf
If we can't fix that gate
maybe we don't need a gate up anyway

The money never really came back again
the house was small and work was hard
he could still expect to wake up happy
with just a new piece of wood to carve

They told me stories about that man
and I'd go down in his old woodshop
hold all the handles that he made with his hands
picture his prayers and feel his love.

Hickory is dependable, but nothing lasts like stone
he built himself a hammer then he built himself a home.
Hickory is dependable, but nothing lasts like stone
First he built a hammer, he built himself a hammer,
you know I used that hammer to build myself a home.

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from THREE RED FEATHERS, track released August 28, 2015
words and music by Jes Raymond ASCAP

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Jes Raymond & The Blackberry Bushes Seattle, Washington

The Appalachian Mountains are the meeting place of the fiddle and the banjo, and musical culture permeates the entire length of the Mississippi River. The Blackberry Bushes are rooted in the rainy bottom of the Puget Sound, but their work is infused with the essence of the homes they wandered West from.
They have a playful and resonant sound with both twang and sophistication.
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