The King Of The Mountain
The old man was the king of a holler.
He rose up from a little more than squalor.
Still he was simple, and loved the simple things.
Love flowed out of his mountain springs.
There were pastures and forests and streams.
How could anyone dream these dreams?
Rhododendron, Mountain Laurel, White Oak.
This was a Kingdom for these kind and simple folk.
A tiny road came in as a tiny stream was leaving.
It was too beautiful a paradise to be believing.
It was like a hole in a beautiful mountain,
Complete with its own flowing fountain.
The old man gave life all his best,
And after he was laid to rest,
He saw from where he now lay,
All he had gathered, erode away.
The land was inherited by the son,
Thought to be the responsible one.
Who sold it and bought a patch of land,
Near a beach with people and sand.
The farm was traded for a bag of beans.
It now belongs to a lawyer in New Orleans.
The son traded paradise and a million dollar view,
For an 8 hour drive, traffic, tourists, noise, a zoo.
The old man was always “King of his Hill.
He blew it all when he made his last will.
His Kingdom came undone,
when he neglected all his children but one.
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Get Down On Your Knees And Pray-Del McCoury
Born in York County, PA seventy years ago, Del McCoury would once have seemed an unlikely candidate for legendary status. Bitten hard by the bluegrass bug when he heard Earl Scruggs' banjo in the early 50s-"everybody else was crazy about Elvis, but I loved Earl," he says with a chuckle. McCoury became a banjo picker.
My Walkin Shoes-Del McCoury and Vince Gill
Del McCoury's family lived in Mitchell County, North Carolina for a bit. I guess his family moved right before Del was born. So Loafers Glory stakes a small claim. But Del is America!
Del McCoury & Ronnie Reno - I Wonder Where You Are Tonight
Del McCoury is just one of the best.
Steve Earle and The Del McCoury Band- The Mountain
Pick on Del! You sure rock my world!
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