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His Hometown

Cheryl Wheeler

Lui: vocal, guitar;
Anand: bass, electric guitar, mandolin, slide guitar, harmony vocal;
Rose: accordion.

See Cheryl’s website www.cherylwheeler.com for background on the song and its subject.

When he was a boy, sittin’ in school
Starin’ out the window at the fields he knew
All that he wanted was to be there too
Drivin’ his tractor through the morning dew

Dust from the sun, mud from the rain
It felt like an honor to him all the same
It’s the simplest thing, he’s a self taught man
He loves his work because he loves the land

And he can change the hill, plant the trees
Dig the wells, spread the seeds
Mow the fields, plow the streets
In his home town

The seasons roll by, year into year
He’s worked all his life and he’s worked right here
And the winters go slow if the snows don’t come
But it’s soon to be summer when the tractors hum

And he can change the hill, plant the trees
Dig the wells, spread the seeds
Mow the fields, plow the streets
In his home town

I’ve seen him do things I just can’t believe
Makes gentle giants of those big machines
He moves a boulder like a paper bag
He moves a tree like it was all he had

Blessed is the soul who has truly found
Something to rest on while the world turns round
I think he’d say this is how he feels
When the dark earth is turning underneath his wheels

And he can change the hill, plant the trees
Dig the wells, spread the seeds
Mow the fields, plow the streets
In his home town

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Guitar tuning: CGDGAD capo 2nd fret