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by Nick Andrew Staver

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Grandpa would rise every morning Get out to the field by dawn Pioneers plow the earth and rain Rock-a-bye the seed and the life it bring Rock-a-bye the life it bring Rock-a-bye Rock-a-bye Rock-a-bye the life it bring Daddy laid brick every summer Hammering nails in the heat Pioneers earn through skill and sweat With two jobs, overtime and an honest day’s beat Working hands do work Working hands do bleed Working hands work all day ‘Cause they got mouths to feed Working hands do work Working hands do bleed Working hands work all day ‘Cause they got mouths to feed Now I’ve come to learn the tireless ways Of the pioneers and their song The hand that guides the hammer, the plow and the pen Is the same pioneer of my own that I’ve become Of my own that I’ve become Of my own Of my own Of my own that I’ve become Working hands do work Working hands do bleed Working hands work all day ‘Cause they got mouths to feed Working hands do work Working hands do bleed Working hands work all day ‘Cause they got mouths to feed Working hands do work Working hands do bleed Working hands work all day ‘Cause they got mouths to feed
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Temperance 03:58
I’ve been waiting for the rain to stop I’ve been waiting out the rain I’ve been waiting for the storm to pass me by so I can cross the river I’ve been waiting for the river to dry So I can come back home Crawl across the bed and fall asleep in the arms of temperance So if you don’t mind Stop wasting my time Change your ways Give me peace I’ve been waiting for the tides to change So I can see the mud below my feet I count the waves crashing to the shore to remind me I still got a heartbeat So if you don’t mind Stop wasting my time Change your ways Give me peace So if you don’t mind Stop wasting my time Change your ways Give me peace I’m in need, I’m in need of a change Yes, I’m in need, I’m in need of a change I’m in need, yes, I’m in need of a change I wanna come back home I’ve been waiting for the river to dry So I can come back home Crawl across the bed and fall asleep in the arms of temperance
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Trying Times 03:50
I'll be damned the power's out again Gonna light me a candle to get me through the night Like the flutter of a heartbeat too tired to try I've had enough of these trying times I've had enough of these trying times I'll set fire to the dark with a spark I'll shine I've had enough of these trying times I'll be damned, damn near fell off the wagon again If you ever have then you know what it's like Like a page from the bible ripped from the spine I've had enough of these trying times I've had enough of these trying times I'll set fire to the dark with a spark I'll shine I've had enough of these trying times I've had enough of these trying times I've had enough of these trying times I'll set fire to the dark with a spark I'll shine I've had enough of these trying times I'll set fire to the dark with a spark I'll shine I've had enough of these trying times I'll be damned the power's out again Gonna light me a candle to get me through the night
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Dirt 03:31
I'm covered in sweat Rolling down my neck All from a long hard day of work I pushed and I pulled until my body done fell back to the dirt I gamble with stress A life of roulette All on account that there's no sign of change I pray and I wonder when will my life be mine to live again There'll come a day I'll be replaced By machines Oh, the atrocity And you'll say how priceless I was at my grave I'm riddled with rust Cobwebs and dust I got too many bills to pay yet I'm overworked Let me tell y'all what's worse A dollar don't get you very far these days And to my boss that's all I'm worth No more than dirt There'll come a day I'll be replaced By machines Oh, the atrocity And you'll say how priceless I was at my grave Because to you I'm no more than dirt I'm worth no more than dirt I'm worth no more than dirt I'm worth no more than dirt
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Louisiana byway Haulin' ass to outlast the rain If it were up to me I'd already be in Baton Rouge Forgetting you The radio's broken Oh how the silence leads to the pining For something other than a lover like you If only I were like the river Cold hearted and weatherproof I'd flow past the memories and flood the banks Haunted by the ghost of you If only I were like the river Another lifetime One I swore I left far behind Our history, it's a mystery to me If only I were like the river High & mighty and weatherproof I'd flow past the memories and flood the banks Haunted by the ghost of you I'll rebuild my body Just as strong as the levee I'll risk another flood by letting you back into my heart If only I were like the river At ease in my solitude I'd flow past the memories and flood the banks Haunted by the ghost of you If only I were like the river If only I were like the river If only I were like the river If only I If only I If only I were like the river
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Dirty Dishes 04:06
I stop by on a Saturday night To see if you were down for a glass of wine It seems I was a little too late Watching your other man drive away Watching him drive away Watching him drive away It seems I'm not the only one your loving these days You invited me into your kitchen You say you got a problem and it needs a-fixin' Excuse me I don't mean to be rude But the coals on your fire are barely cool They barely cool I ain't cleaning up your dirty dishes Who you taking me for? Slam my heart on the table Leave my jaw all over the floor I could've swore it'd be me you'd be kissing I ain't cleaning up dirty dishes no more It'd be funny if he came back I'd love to see how you would act Would you treat me like your neighbor? Stopping by for a cup of sugar, when I know you got more than that I ain't cleaning up your dirty dishes Who you taking me for? Slam my heart on the table Leave my jaw all over the floor I could've swore it'd be me you'd be kissing I ain't cleaning up dirty dishes no more I ain't cleaning up your dirty dishes babe I ain't cleaning up your dirty dishes no more I could've swore it'd be me you'd be kissing I ain't cleaning up dirty dishes no more I ain't gonna do them honey You do those things yourself
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Freer Now 04:13
She sat across the table an ocean between Ignoring the sound pouring from my heart like a broke down symphony Her stare cut through the silence, her death black colored iris Her hair set wildfire to my misery A once broken wing shall regain the sky In a wild blue yonder burning above the pines I might be missing quite a few feathers but I’m freer now than I’ve ever been I hit the road running, there’s no turning back With a red lined screaming engine, in a two bit Cadillac Just across the county line at the old covered bridge I stopped and dropped her memory like an anchor in the cold muddy depth A once broken wing shall regain the sky In a wild blue yonder burning above the pines I might be missing quite a few feathers but I’m freer now than I’ve ever been Into the world I go To lose my mind and find my soul Into the world I go Folks back home, wonder what became of me Heard they took out a missing person’s ad, an obituary I’m heading west, chasing the sun The road behind me like the ribbon of a cigarette, it’s here, then it’s gone A once broken wing shall regain the sky In a wild blue yonder burning above the pines I might be missing quite a few feathers A once broken wing shall regain the sky In a wild blue yonder burning above the pines I might be missing quite a few feathers but I’m freer now than I’ve ever been Into the world I go Into the world I go To lose my mind and find my soul Into the world I go

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released October 8, 2019

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Nick Andrew Staver Shippensburg, Pennsylvania

Nick Andrew Staver continues to emerge in the American Roots & Blues scene as a captivating songwriter and storyteller.

Now behind the release of a new live album, "Live. In House" (Oct 2021) and a handful of singles including an updated version of the fan favorite "Working Hands" (Aug 2021), Nick is returning to the listening rooms that are the framework of the American music experience.
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