Far too many times I've held it in
Appalachian rage in the northbound wind
My mind is growing strong but my body's wearing thin
And I can’t turn this thing around

Oh, but you might see it every now and then
Appalachian sorrow running down my skin
'Cause I’m the man that borrows from the man that lives
And I will always let him know
And every day I try to live it down

And when they lay my body in the green green grass
I will whisper quiet secrets to the animals that pass
Bout the times I knew I swore I was never coming back
But I lied
I am Appalachia

Wake up to find that I’ve outgrown my friends
And our seeds grew side by side but my roots grew thin
Then one day I blew away in Autumn's restless wind
And she has never set me down

Oh, alone I wing my way through winter storms
Spring brought new life that storm down its door
There was blood on my mama’s knees from talking to the Lord
And he won’t let me wash it out
And every day I try to live it down

And when they lay my body in the green green grass
I will whisper quiet secrets to the animals that pass
Bout the times I walked away about the time that I ran back
'Cause I lied
I am Appalachia

And I am Appalachia running through the trees
With my head above the clouds and all the ground beneath my feet
Oh, at times I know I swore that I would never love these things
But I lied

And when they lay my body in the green green grass
I will whisper quiet secrets to the animals that pass
Bout the times I knew I swore I was never coming back
But I lied 'cause inside
Yes I lied 'cause inside
I am Appalachia


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    Song MeaningJosiah grew up in Morristown, Tennessee, which is in far eastern Tennessee, in the region ofen mocked and lowly regarded region known as Appalachia. He hated it there. It never worked for him. He started writing songs at age 13, and by age 17, he was having trouble writing. He attribued it to being in one place too long, like Morristown was pulling him down. He left. He just got in his car and started driving. He drited around the South for around 3 year, living in his car and playing shows whenever and wherever he could get one. Eventually he realized and admitted to himself that he actually misses his home in eastern Tennessee. This song is a sort of declaration of an identity that he has come around to embracing: he's an appalachian. Or rather, as the song says, "I am Appalachia."
    dugw15on June 19, 2010   Link
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    General CommentHere's the song:

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