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Alive at the Farm - EP

by Aaron Kelly

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1.
Sitting at my kitchen table With coffee and a garlic bagel Waiting on the task force morning briefing to begin The voice of god says two-minute warning I hope they talk about the TP hoarding And let me know when I can go outside again Football players are still being signed By rich white men in thick red ties Not dying for a chance to help you out Oh, mirror, mirror, on the wall Tell me how many sick must fall Before we get our hearts and heads out of the clouds I’m not patient, but I can wait To see my friends and family again Standing at my bedroom window Switched from coffee to a glass of vino Listening to the man in charge say everything is fine Shut up, punk, you’re just making it worse I love everybody so much it hurts To stock up shop, go home, and wonder why The working class, we still gotta eat Does the Wall matter more than the Main Street When will we bail out common folks who need it so bad Oh say can you see how greedy you’ve grown Our ignorance built disease a home Here we sit, I feel like I been had I’m not patient, but I can wait To see my friends and family again But not complacent, I won’t wait To take my share of what I make
2.
words and music by Brandon Reisdorf & Aaron Kelly Forty long years we’ve been wandering Cursed to roam the forest as a penance for a sin We learned back then to keep ourselves from wondering If the man above was right to send us in Walked around the city same as yesterday ‘Cept this time we went six more times around Never guessed we’d get right in and win so easily But I’ll be damned, those walls came tumblin’ down Oh, there’s trouble down in Jericho Don’t you know that we could use a helping hand Yeah you can ask, no one seems to answer though Feelin’ all alone in the broken promised land We thought nineteen forty three might be the worst of times Felt just like the wits of the world was at its end But prejudice passed down like it’s a nursery rhyme And when it comes around, you’re right back where you been Oh, there’s trouble down in Jericho Don’t you know that we could use a helping hand Yeah you can ask, no one seems to answer though Feelin’ all alone in the broken promised land Walked around the city same as yesterday ‘Cept this time it just didn’t feel the same Everybody’s yellin’ hopin’ something’s gonna give But the walls keep gettin’ taller every day Oh, there’s trouble down in Jericho Don’t you know that we could use a helping hand Yeah you can ask, no one seems to answer though Feelin’ all alone in the broken promised land Lately I’ve had questions about everything Don’t take it wrong but I just wanna know If there’s some knowing, loving, God that can do anything How can he just let us suffer down below While we’re walkin’ down the walls of Jericho? Walkin’ down the walls of Jericho
3.
I wrote all of my best traits down 
It took about twenty-five
 Seconds and a couple of half-written sentences
 About how I’m a pretty good guy
 At least I try
 At least I try

 So I sunk straight into a dismal daze
 And tried to parlay it to song 
The second verse didn’t match the first verse hurt
 The timbre of the bridge was all wrong
 It’s no sing a-long
 But I sing along

 

I wrote all of my best friends back
 You know I’m bad at keeping in-touch
 They all told me “Buddy, we love you like a brother
 But we all miss you so dang much” 
I miss them, too
 I miss them, too 

It's just that I cook all of my meat with fat
 When I write I like to chew on the grit
 I even make some money, so who’s getting hungry
 I’m taking what you’ll pay me for it
 I’d pay you, too 
I’d pay you to 

I cut my grass and I pay my tax I stumble but I walk the line 
Its hard to quantify the amount of time
 And bread it takes to make words rhyme
 I keep on trying Bless us for trying 

I wrote all of my best traits down 
It took about a hundred and five 
Seconds and a couple of half-written sentences
 About how I’m a pretty good guy
 At least I try
 At least I try 

I won't let my baby down
 (coda is a response inspired by John Prine's "Storm Windows")

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Recorded September 2020 at Iron Star Farm in Oswego, IL
Mixed by Dave Robinson in Wisconsin

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released October 2, 2020

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"Walkin' Down the Walls of Jericho" by Brandon Reisdorf & Aaron Kelly

Aaron Kelly - vocals, guitar, piano
Brandon Reisdorf - violin, vocals
Andy Greiner - bass guitar
Dave Robinson - audio wizardry, vocals

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