Ballad Of The Unknown Picker And Singer

by Kurt Gunn

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1.
She took a house on Breckenridge Street Was a seamstress with her mama to make ends meet While her lover went off to fight for the Union Fifty yards over Cemetery Hill she could smell the powder Feel the shells, and hear the bugles sounding out the coming charge Mary Virginia, one shot went through the door Mary Virginia, was buried in the backyard He found some trouble in a field of fight When a bullet caught him and took his life But before it did he handed off a letter Said my lover lives near the town by you And if you make it back there before I do, to Pennsylvania See that this finds her Mary Virginia, one shot went through the door Mary Virginia, was buried in the backyard They made fifteen loaves of bread from the dough That her hands kneaded out when she was alive They made fifteen loaves of bread from the dough But she was dead and gone before they could rise Mary Virginia, one shot went through the door Mary Virginia, it all ended on the kitchen floor Mary Virginia, one shot went through the door Mary Virginia, was buried in the backyard
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An old man said to me, what you hiding from I told him I was comfortable, and I didn’t want to screw that up Well you can wait your whole life looking for the right time Or you can get up now son and go see what you find. He said… Do I look comfortable to you? Do I look happy with the things I had to choose? Then he turned to me, and said with a smile You only get what you go get for yourself Guys like you and I there’s no handout I know it’s harder, if it was easy well then everybody would I’ll tell you one thing, it tastes sweeter when you know you gave your own blood Do I look comfortable to you? Do I look happy with the things I had to choose? Well I don’t know you, but you seem to young to die So get up now and go see what you find So I sat awhile, and listened to him spin his yarn About what he did, and where he’s been so far Then I asked him if he had any regrets He said only one, and it’s one that I’ll have to take with Do I look comfortable to you? Do I look happy with the things I had to choose? I don’t know you, but you seem too young to die So get up now, and go see what you find Sometimes it pours down rain Sometimes there will be sun Sometimes you think you won’t have a better day And sometimes you just want the goddamn day done Sometimes there will be love, And sometimes you wanna wring somebody’s neck But one thing’s for certain, there’ll be another day until the day you quit
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Take my advice leave while you can, gather your things and go Cause there ain't no stars gonna shine like the ones That shine in those dreams you hold There's not a woman or a man to make you go back When your mind is made up and true You got a car you got some keys used to unlock your needs That never did a damn thing for you All your friends, they might ask you where you gonna go All your friends, maybe they'll miss, maybe they won't I don't know There's a song you used to sing when you were lost in between trapped in your rage and ruin The words in the verse always took you aways To the places you never knew All your friends, they might ask you where you gonna go All your friends, maybe they'll miss you maybe they won't I said, all your friends, they might ask you where you gonna go All your friends, maybe they'll miss you, maybe they won't I don't know Take my advice, leave while you can You'll be forty before you know
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04:03
There’s one shot left to save you, five wasted for fun One through a sign in Oklahoma, right behind three, two, and run Well there’s breakfast on the table if you’re so inclined The coffees hot my patience thin you keep wasting up my time, yeah I’ve seen this all before, yeah I know your kind You take all the work make it yours and then sign a top that line There’s catfish on the table if you’re so inclined The drinks are strong my patience gone you keep fucking with my mind Lie to me, tell me that you will Even if you plan on doing nothing Lie to me, say you want me still Even if what you want has nothing to do with me You can hold your breath forever, close your eyes for fun Pretend its gone when its really there and its got you on the run You can keep on saying nothing, just keep playing dumb You can hold your cards with the weakest pair and still come out number one Lie to me, tell me that you will Even if you plan on doing nothing Lie to me, say you want me still Even if what you want has nothing to do with me Lie to me, come on make me believe Lie to me, come on make me believe Lie to me, tell me that you will Even if you plan on doing nothing Lie to me, say you want me still Even if what you want has nothing to do with me
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We followed the trail through the fields of clover With the sun ahead as our guide Followed it down to the shore of Superior And looked out where she touched the sky, where she touched the sky I pulled out the Nikon, and snapped up a photo Of you standing with me The lake was on fire, the sun fast and sinking I trapped it inside of that screen Wherever you’re going, take me with you Whatever you’re knowing, I wanna know too, I wanna know too You picked out a stone and cast it out somewhere It would stay for a million more days The last skin it felt were the tips of your fingers On the day trip we took to the lake Wherever you’re going, take me with you Whatever you’re knowing, I wanna know too, I wanna know too Something so big makes you feel like a stranger You said as we turned to leave We followed the trail back through the fields of clover With just the picture we took for keeps Wherever you’re going, take me with you Whatever you’re knowing, I wanna know too, I wanna know too Wherever you’re going, take me with you Whatever you’re knowing, I wanna know too, I wanna know too
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This collection of songs touches on history, love, struggle, loss, age, regret, and whatever else you can find in these words and music. I hope you enjoy them.

The Unknown Picker and Singer,

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released December 8, 2016

Recorded at Rock Garden Studio in Appleton, WI
Produced by Marc Golde and Kurt Gunn
Engineered Mixed and Mastered by Marc Golde

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Kurt Gunn-Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Chris Hanaway- Bass
Ric Armstrong- Drums
Riki Schulz- Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo
Adria Ramos- Violin
Amanda Gorbette- Vocals
Marc Golde- Piano, Hammond B3

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Kurt Gunn De Pere, Wisconsin

A pure songwriter, equally informed and introspective. A talented guitarist and composer, from a climate that compels musicians to devote compassion to their craft. From solo performer to bandleader, with a style alternately whimsical and weighted, Gunn’s range will draw you in and keep you in his crosshairs. ... more

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