The Thrashing Machine and Other Stories

by Lehto and Wright

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In 1649 To St. George's Hill, A ragged band they called the Diggers Came to show the people's will They defied the landlords They defied the laws They were the dispossessed reclaiming what was theirs We come in peace they said To dig and sow We come to work the lands in common And to make the waste land grow This earth divided We will make whole So it will be A common treasury for all The sin of property We do disdain No man has any right to buy and sell The earth for private gain By theft and murder They took the land Now everywhere the walls Rise up at their command They make the laws To serve them well The clergy dazzle us with heaven Or they damn us into hell We will not worship The God they serve The God of greed who feed the rich While poor man starve We work we eat together We need no swords We will not bow to masters Or pay rent to the lords We are free men Though we are poor You Diggers all stand up for glory Stand up now In 1649 To St. George's Hill, A ragged band they called the Diggers Came to show the people's will They defied the landlords They defied the laws They were the dispossessed reclaiming what was theirs
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See the boys out walking The boys, they look so fine Dressed up in green velvet Their silver buckles shine Soon they'll be bleary eyed Under a keg of wine Down where the drunkards roll Down where the drunkards roll See that lover standing Staring at the ground He's looking for the real thing Lies were all he found You can get the real thing It will only cost a pound Down where the drunkards roll Down where the drunkards roll There goes a troubled woman She dreams a troubled dream She lives out on the highway She keeps her money clean Soon she'll be returning To the place where she's the queen Down where the drunkards roll Down where the drunkards roll You can be a gambler Who never drew a hand You can be a sailor Who never left dry land You can be Lord Jesus All the world will understand Down where the drunkards roll Down where the drunkards roll
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Nancy Spain 03:35
Of all the stars that ever shone Not one does twinkle like your pale blue eyes Like golden corn at harvest-time your hair Sailing in my boat the wind Gently blows and fills my sail Your sweet scented breath is everywhere No matter where I wander I'm still haunted by your name The portrait of your beauty stays the same Standing by the ocean wondering where you've gone If you'll return again Where is the ring I gave to Nancy Spain
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John Riley 05:45
s I went out one morning early, To breathe the sweet and pleasant air, Who should I spy but a fair young maiden, She seemed to me like a lily fair. I stepped up to her so quickly saying, "Would you like to be a sailor's wife?" "Oh no, kind sir, I'd rather tarry and be single all my life." "What makes you differ from another's wishes?" "I'm sure you're useful and handsome, too." "Set sail with me to Pennsylvania. Adieu to England for evermore." "It's now kind sir that I must tell you. I could have been married three years ago To one John Riley who left this country. He' is the cause of all my woe." "I'll not go with you to Pennsylvania,, Neither with you to that distant shore. For my heart it is with Riley. I can't forget him evermore." Now when he saw she loved him truly, He gave her kisses one, two, and three, Saying, "I am Riley, your long-lost lover, and has been the cause of all your misery." "If you be he, and your name is Riley I will go with you to that distant shore. We'll set sail for Pennsylvania. Adieu, young friends, for evermore."
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Manassas 01:53
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For there was an old farmer, in Down he did dwell, He'd one pretty servant, her name it was Nell He'd one pretty servant, she was scarce seventeen, And he showed her the works of his thrashing machine. Says Nell to the farmer, "It's a fine summer's day, While the rest of the farmers are off making hay, Come into the barn where we won't be seen, And the two of us start working our thrashing machine." O, Nell she stepped forward and into the house. The boss got the harness and strapped her right on, Nell took the handle and turned on the steam, And the two of them start working the thrashing machine. O six months being over, and nine coming on, Nell's skirt wouldn't meet, nor her drawers wouldn't go on, 'Tis under her oxter like a young fairy queen, I will have you transported for your thrashing machine.
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Where is the warmth? Where is the feeling? Where is the touch? Where is the healing That sets us free, That sets us free? Where is the place? When is the moment? A fall back to grace A blessing of atonement When time stands still when time stands still When does the healing begin again? When does the healing begin again? - When does the healing begin again? When does the healing begin again? Blessed is the warmth Blessed is the feeling Blessed is the touch Blessed is the healing Blessed is the healing Blessed is the healing
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I was born in East Virginia North Carolina I did go There I courted a fair young maiden But her age I did not know Oh her hair was dark and curly And her cheeks were rosy red On her breast she wore a lilly Where I longed to lay my head Molly dear, go ask your mother If you my bride might ever be If she says no, come back and tell me And I'll run away with thee No I'll not go ask my mother Where she lies on her bed of rest In her hand she holds a dagger To kill the man that I love best The ocean's deep and I can't wade it And I have no wings to fly I'll just get some blue-eyed boatman For to row me o'er the tide I'll go back to East Virginia North Carolina ain't my home I'll go back to East Virginia Leave old North Carolina alone I don't want your green back dollar I don't want your watch and chain All I want is you my darling Say you'll take me back again For you know I'd like to see you At my door you're welcome in At my gate I'll always greet you For you're the girl I tried to win
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released April 10, 2004

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Lehto and Wright Minneapolis, Minnesota

“... among North America’s best practitioners of Anglo-Celtic folk-rock... wonderfully intricate, powerful guitar-driven music...”
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Celtic/American Folk and Folk Rock from a Minnesota based Trio.
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