Heartland

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The cornrows hide the earth below
and she moves through the field to reap what’s sown
but the sun and sky have done their worst
and them golden ears have died of thirst.

Now there’s cracks in the ground a half inch wide
and the leaves lay down brown and dried
and that’s silage corn at the very best
and it’s laid her family’s farm to rest.

That’s why we need some rain out here
we need to soak this Heartland
We need some rain out here
we need to soak this Heartland

Farming used to be a way for a man to live
without drinking his life from the government’s tit
but all that changed when the businessmen came
when they bought the land and sold it back again.

Now it don’t much matter what you grow
you’re gonna get what they pay and not what you're owed
and a life ain’t worth a can of piss
to a Wall Street man and his interest

That’s why we need some rain out here
we need to soak this Heartland
We need some rain out here
we need to soak this Heartland

So let it rain on the land of mine
let it rain till the river runs high
let it melt our hearts of gold
let it knock that dust right off the old Dust Bowl
let it rain on the Heartland
let it rain on the business man
let it melt his dreams of gold
and take it back to the days of old.

Yeah we need some rain out here
we need to soak this Heartland
We need some rain out here
we need to soak this Heartland

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from With or Without, released March 15, 2014
Tom Rhodes - Vocals and Guitar
Oscar Westesson - Upright Bass
Andrew Laubacher - Drums
Rory Cloud - Guitar
Charlie Wilson - Trombone
Tim Marcus - Pedal Steel

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