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The Spirit Of Tennessee

from The Downtowner by Joseph Huber

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The casks were poured and empty
From the many years gone by.
We couldn't bear to give our love another try.
Where once were hearts of plenty,
Soon poor in all but pain,
Slowly learning to call each other by another name.

Though the years with tears were stained,
I couldn't let you die.
Had the memories we made
Really all run dry?

Well, I went down to the banks and tossed them
Right into the sea,
But awoke to find them washing over me,
So I went down the the well and lost them in the spirit of Tennessee
But not even that old ghost could shake my belief
That you mean that much to me.

Now bleary-eyed and sobered,
Frost blinds the windshield,
How the thoughts of starting over will bind your heels.
Oh, love will lift your spirit
Just to leave you cold and bare,
And seek out another ever unaware.

Will hearts, to darkness chased,
Ever see the light?
Will the truth that we've embraced
Become another lie?

If I'd have known just what the cost is
To pretend to be free,
I wouldn't be soaked in the spirit of Tennessee.
I'd be holding you and lost in sweet scent of a dream
Instead of floating through these fading memories
Of when you gave your love to me.

Yeah, I'd be holding you and washed in your cool waters, ever clean,
Instead of holding this bottle that bleeds
The Spirit Of Tennessee.


from The Downtowner, released May 12, 2022


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Joseph Huber Milwaukee, Wisconsin

After 7 years of hard touring and playing banjo with the influential streetgrass group, .357 String Band, Joseph Huber has found an individual voice that covers a vast range of influence. Playing all the instruments, from fiddle to harmonica to banjo to tambourine (and as many as he can at once) he amazes and entertains, but also reveals substance. His songs are lyrical, but he knows a good hook. ... more

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