"A Song for Our Grandfathers" as written by and Samuel Thompson Herring William Cashion....
Been a long time, in a low place
Surrounded by what I have made
Need to get away
Get away from what relates
And what was done

Cuz it's all over now

Through the woods, I come running to loose leaf
And carve my name
In the lines, there's not a trace
I hear the ghost whisper, and those old eyes watching me
But I feel safe

Grandfather looking over me

He said:
Don't make them wait
Gotta go a long way
Let's be brave
Don't make them wait
Nah, don't make them wait

I sat down, with a coffee on my bent knee
Looking out, at the burnt land, looking back at me
These used to be green crops
And high on a summer breeze
No it's fallow fields and clear-cut barren weeds

They said that if I stared
The abyss would stare back at me
So I did...
And I felt it slowly creep in me
Save for the smoke, that danced when I took a drag
It made me think about the way it all came to be

Grandmama watching over me

And she said
Don't make them wait
Gotta go a long way
Let's be brave
Don't make them wait
Nah, don't make them wait

Don't make them wait, nah
Don't make them wait

I hear the ghost whisper
And those old eyes watching me
But I feel safe
I feel safe


Lyrics submitted by drewskie, edited by fendie, AGreenMan

"A Song for Our Grandfathers" as written by Samuel Thompson Herring John Gerrit Welmers

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  • +4
    General CommentThis is my favorite of their songs, its message really speaks to me about how those who have passed still have an effect on our lives, through the words they spoke or the love they shared.
    jmann7672on March 27, 2014   Link
  • +2
    Song FactSam Herring had such a poetic intro to this song:

    "This one is a Song for Our Grandfathers. This song's about burn-out tobacco fields of the south east and an understanding that one way or another there is a past that far precedes us and is pushing us into this very moment..."

    source: youtu.be/…
    mikecon September 11, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentReally touching song. Incredible message to send out in the world.
    rockisgroovyon February 27, 2016   Link
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    General CommentThis song caught my attention while channeling surfing on tv and happened upon their appearance on Austin City Limits and I started watching the show. Then when he sang "Seasons" and I saw how he danced, I knew he was a mad genius and I was hooked.
    Glorybeeon May 03, 2016   Link

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