The Ground She Walks On

from by Nancy K Dillon

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I came up with the title for this song in the summertime and thought it was going to be a sweet love song about my mom and dad's enduring love for one another...and then somehow the brand new adventure of learning the 'dadgad' tuning on my guitar turned it all dark and wrong-headed...I ended up with a murder ballad ghost story on my hands. It is set in the town where they met and fell in love but it has nothin' more than that to do with them...writing Ground was exactly like writing down a dream

From "Roses Guide To Time Travel" CD
© Nancy K. Dillon 2010

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The Ground She Walks On

Walk with me in the late afternoon
And I'll tell you a story
Written in the dust on this road
Sweet orange fruit rots
In a haze of hot perfume
On the dust laying thick upon this road

He worships the ground she walks on
He follows in her footsteps through the dust
But no mark does she make
Her life it was taken
In ancient flames of rust

Thirty years ago on a night as hot as this
Small town Oklahoma
I think it was 1969
Sweet magnolia's scent drew her out
Into the night to get some air
To the riverbed east on Highway Nine

The line across her face stained
A blood-iron shade of angry red
Like the dust turned to mud beneath a storm
She wears her scar with grace
Though it's the mark of a father left in scorn
Still she honors what it meant to have been born

He worships the ground she walks on
He follows in her footsteps through the dust
But no mark does she make
Her life it was taken
In ancient flames of blood

He worships the ground she walks on
He follows in her footsteps through the dust
Still no mark does she make
Her shape was mistaken
In white hot flames of lust

© 2010 Nancy K. Dillon

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from Roses Guide To Time Travel, released March 22, 2010
Nancy K Dillon ~ Vocals/Guitar
Danny Barnes ~ National Steel Guitar
Ian Lang ~ Harmonium

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Nancy K Dillon Seattle, Washington

On her album, Roses Guide to Time Travel, Nancy K. Dillon maps the road West; the dusty highways that conjure up images like Kerouac's road trips, traveling dustbowl carnivals, and free-spirited 70s hipsters. Inspired by Oklahoma & Texas troubadours Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, and Kevin Welch, Dillon's songs are short stories about characters that populate true American life. ... more

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