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THE COMMUNITY BALLAD

I'll see and believe it to be
as plane as the naked eye sees
love lived in full and 3-D
without staking territory

And oh boy by tooth or by nail
for standing ground one must prevail
for land owning only has sway
and all else is way off base

Hear me roar,
I've got a bite and a bark
learn the skills
that don't apply anymore

Sleep has put seeds in my eyes
that can grow into dreams realized
and know how to then ask for a hand
though it means we would depend

Trust someone,
not in God or politicians
what is wanted
is kindred to talk and listen

I've got all I need to survive
a hatchet and small pocket knife
cut off what is soft and humane
and be alone at the end of the day

But I'll be fine,
you've got yours and I've got all mine
best kept separate,
and lessen the mess that is made

So let's build us a better machine
to manufacture more happy
and do the job we cannot seem
to perfect of nursing babies

And mass culture waltzed right off a cliff
and we almost followed
and dogma set down in my throat
and I damn near swallowed
the system that claims to be rich
I found out it's hollow
and the wealth i want isn't in print
and cannot be borrowed

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from LAURA GOLDHAMER & THE SILVERNAIL, released April 15, 2011
Laura Goldhamer (guitar and vocals)
R & R House (reverberations of good loving work done)

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Laura Goldhamer Denver, Colorado

As a folk songwriter, guitarist, old-time banjo player, stop-motion animator, & instrument inventor, Goldhamer enlivens crowds with laughter and awe, conveying her intimate and focused energy in a unified and immersive musical, visual, kinetic, and often comedic performances. ... more

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