Emperor Gum - Leaving

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lyrics

First time I left Lancashire
And last time I was there
Took a carriage to Liverpool
With no last fanfare
As I gazed out the window
At the hills and lakes of my home
I made my last memories
Before I went to roam

First time in America
First time overseas
Buy a future in Tennessee
With Lancastrian fees

My Da' worked the common land
Taught me how to grow
In the fields that his father worked
With a plough and a hoe
Now that there's no work for farmers
When there's sheep who'll pay a man more
So I'm going to work in the New World
Now England's no land for the poor

First time in America
First time overseas
Buy a future in Tennessee
With Lancastrian fees

First time on a sailboat
I was sick all the way
First time drinking rum, first time feeling glum
Now I was away
Then an old man took out a fiddle
And he played all the old songs I knew
And I cried for merry old England
As she vanished from view

First time in America
First time overseas
Buy a future in Tennessee
With Lancastrian fees

For a year I have worked here
Two more left to go
To pay off the passage here
I'll reap and I'll sow
They say its better to die
On your feet than live on your knees
But better an indentured servant
Than a starving man who is free

First time in America
First time overseas
Buy a future in Tennessee
With Lancastrian fees

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from SpinTunes #11: Round 1, released January 26, 2016

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