"The Hills Of West Virginia" as written by and Phil Ochs....
From the flat plains of ohio we drifted out one day,

D g a
For the southern part of the journey

G d g d
Underneath the bridge, the ohio river sang

G a d
As we headed for the hills of west virginia

And the red sun of the morning was smiling through the trees,
As the darkness of the night was quickly fading,
And the fog hugged the road like a cloudy, cloudy sea,
As we drove though the hills of west virginia.

We smoked the tobacco and drank of the wine,
And we spoke of the forest we were passing.
And the road would wind and wind and wind,
When we drove through the hills of west virginia.

Among all the wealth of the beauty that we passed,
There was many old shacks a-growing older,
And we saw the broken bottles laying on the grass.
When we drove though the hills of west virginia.

The virginia people watched as we went riding by,
Oh, proud as a boulder they were standing.
And we wondered at each other with a meeting of the eye,
When we drove thought the hills of west virginia.

And once in a while we would stop by the road
And gaze at the womb of the valley,
Almost wishing for a path down below,
Where we stopped in the hills of west virginia.

Up and down and all around we took our restless ride,
And the rocks they were staring cold and jagged.
Where explosions of the powder had torn away the side,
Where we drove through the hills of west virginia.

And the orange sun was falling on the southern border line,
As the shadows of the night were now returning.
And we knew the mountains followed us and watched us from behind,
When we drove from the hills of west virginia.



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"Hills of West Virginia" as written by Phil Ochs

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    General CommentI think he's talking about a road trip he took with somebody. This song always reminded me of what it's like to travel.
    briguy27on November 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commentagreed, but theres gotta be a political side to this song.. like most of his songs, specially that reference to broken bottles (molotov cocktails?)
    yousufsayeedon September 20, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti agree that there's a political side to this song.

    "There was many old shacks a-growing older,
    And we saw the broken bottles laying on the grass."

    i think he's talking about the socioeconomic state of much of west virginia. considering the song was written in the 60s when all of appalachia was experiencing a profound depression, i'd say that's what he's referring to.

    "And the rocks they were staring cold and jagged.
    Where explosions of the powder had torn away the side..."

    and here, i believe he's referring to the method of strip mining in west virginia. before the mining companies began replanting and recultivating the earth, many mountainsides were barren and blown wide open from strip mining. it's a very ugly process that used to level entire mountainsides.
    callmegodzillaon July 31, 2008   Link

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