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The Harrow & The Harvest

    • 29 posts
    July 14, 2011 6:01 PM PDT

    The Harrow & The Harvest

    Released June 28, 2011

    Track Listing

    1. Scarlet Town

    2. Dark Turn Of Mind

    3. The Way It Will Be

    4. The Way It Goes

    5. Tennessee

    6. Down Along The Dixie Line

    7. Six White Horses

    8. Hard Times

    9. Silver Dagger

    10. The Way The Whole Thing Ends

     

    Produced by David Rawlings

    Recorded February 2011 at Woodland Sound Studios in Nashville, TN


    This post was edited by MattWales at July 14, 2011 6:21 PM PDT
    • 29 posts
    July 17, 2011 7:20 PM PDT
    1. Scarlet Town

    Buddy I went down to Scarlet Town
    Never been there before
    You slept on a feather bed
    I slept on the floor

    I don't mind a little town
    Or drinking my coffee cold
    But the things I seen in Scarlet Town
    Done mortify my soul

    Look at that deep well
    Look at that dark ray
    Ringing that iron bell
    In Scarlet Town today

    I spent some time in New Orleans
    And ?
    A Scarlet Town brought me down
    Low as I ever been

    Look at that deep well
    Look at that dark ray
    Ringing that iron bell
    In Scarlet Town today

    On the day I came to Scarlet Town
    You promised I'd be your bride
    You left me here to rot away
    Like holly on a mountainside

    Look at that deep well
    Look at that dark ray
    Ringing that iron bell
    In Scarlet Town today

    Now you may hide in Scarlet Town
    For a hundred years or more
    But the man who knows what time it is
    Is knocking at the door

    So fare you well, my one true love
    If you never see me around
    I'll be looking through a telescope
    From hell to Scarlet Town

    Look at that deep well
    Look at that dark ray
    Ringing that iron bell
    In Scarlet Town today
    • 29 posts
    July 18, 2011 8:16 AM PDT
    2. Dark Turn Of Mind

    Take me and love me if you want me
    Don't ever treat me unkind
    'Cause I had that trouble already
    And it left me with a dark turn of mind

    Now I see the bones in the river
    And I feel the wind through the pine
    And I hear the shadows a-calling
    To a girl with a dark turn of mind

    But oh ain't the nighttime so lovely to see?
    Don't all the nightbirds sing sweetly?
    You'll never know how happy I'll be
    When the sun's going down

    And leave me if I'm feeling too lonely
    Full as the fruit on the vine
    You know some girls are bright as the morning
    And some have a dark turn of mind

    You know some girls are bright as the morning
    And some girls are blessed with a dark turn of mind
    • 112 posts
    July 21, 2011 8:17 AM PDT
    I heard "I don't mind legal time, or drinking my coffee cold" Any thoughts? Also, I heard "...New Orleans and Caro on bend"
    • 112 posts
    July 21, 2011 8:20 AM PDT
    Also "look at that deep well, look at that dark grave" and "Like Polly on a mountainside" come to my ear. "Polly" is a reference to "Pretty Polly," of The Stanley Brothers, murdered by Willy and buried in a new dug grave on a mountainside. What do you think?
    • 2 posts
    July 27, 2011 2:45 PM PDT
    I believe Sarah is correct, both about "Polly" and the line "I spent some time in New Orleans and Cairo on the bend..."

    Cairo, GA (on the bend of America where it curves into Florida) was once known for it's production of cane syrup:

    http://www.walterreeves.com/uploads/pdf/Sugar%20contd2.PDF />
    The town is also referenced in the DRM song Sweet Tooth!
    • 112 posts
    July 27, 2011 4:26 PM PDT
    I've also heard Dave mention the relationship of Cairo and Karo syrup, from the Sweet Tooth perspective (I think we should toss the DRM album up here, too).
    Is it Cairo on "the" bend like the place, or on "a" bend like "bender"?
    • 45 posts
    August 2, 2011 9:14 PM PDT
    i hear "Now I don't mind a lean old time or drinking my coffee cold". what do you think?
    • 112 posts
    August 3, 2011 11:30 AM PDT
    I still can't tell. I need to hear it live a few more times-I was a bit back from the stage with kids climbing on me I hope we get some bootlegs from this tour for sponwed!
    • 112 posts
    August 6, 2011 5:17 PM PDT
    Upon additional listens, I think you're right, Jane.
    • 112 posts
    June 15, 2012 6:08 AM PDT
    I also think it's "dug grave", after a thousand more listens. Also, that would make sense with the Polly reference.
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    • 29 posts
    February 7, 2016 9:57 AM PST

    Although Cairo, Georgia is nicknamed the "Syrup City" it has no relationship with the Karo brand of syrup, which is pronounced like the city's name. Rather, Cairo earned its nickname by producing cane syrup from the early 1900s through the late 1990s. Of the several companies that produced cane syrup, Roddenbery's was the best known. (Wikipedia)  

    Cairo is the southernmost city in the U.S. state of Illinois, and is the county seat of Alexander County. Cairo is located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. (Wikipedia)

    • 45 posts
    February 7, 2016 12:08 PM PST

    you can say what you like - it's still a mean old town