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Inspired by the writings of Wendell Berry


Diamond state, a high and lofty name
For a sandbar raised between two bays
Could it be that we feel we are not first rate?
It’s all in a name how you compensate

I have to confess to ya , I’ve toured historic homes of Odessa
I wasn’t too impressed, You don’t think any less of me do ya?
For all the ways we can honor the past, it’s plain
At present we’ve lost a sense of place
Presently lost in space

I have known you for all my life
And I’m just starting to love you
Starting to learn you

Newark of a covenant
College town drowning out to forget
The name given it
A woman clothed in gold sun and pure blue dress
She’s more blessed than any old Annabel from Edgar Allen’s pen
Our love is a mix of eternal things and transience

Now The Brandywine, runs in the back of my mind
All the way from Talleyville, flowing past Monkey Hill
It is a valley filled With liquid rail bringing life all the way
All the way past 16th and Pine
I think it’s pretty fine

Where is a place on Earth that I can can call my home?
Where is a place on Earth that I can call my own?
Where did we get this sense of some other Land
Where some other sun has shone?
But for now I’m gonna make my bed and my pledge to
Delaware, Delaware my home
Delaware is that place on Earth that I can call my home
Delaware is a place on Earth

South of the Canal in a split-level house
At the end of town we watched the sun burn down
The field across Caldwell Corner Rd.
Like the eye of God was taking notice of every curtain close
Upon this place on Earth we call our home


from Four Fathers, released November 5, 2017
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