Down the Mountain

from by Jenny Anne Mannan

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Inspired by my husband's family, who left Oklahoma for Oregon during the Great Depression.

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Going down the mountain out to the water
We’ll get to the water one day
With our feet deep in that cold rushing water
We’ll wash all our troubles away

Daddy said, ‘This land’s turned against us,’
I looked at my black shoes stained brown
The hot dirty sky blue a blizzard in July
He said, ‘Momma, it’s time we go down’

Go down the mountain out to the water
We’ll get to the water one day
With our feet deep in that cold rushing water
We’ll wash all our troubles away

Momma took down her old copper basin
She washed our feet with tears in her eyes
‘Let’s leave the dirt behind, girls, we’re going West to find
Blue water and even bluer skies’

Going down the mountain out to the water
We’ll get to water one day
With our feet deep in that cold foamy water
Well wash our long journey away

We loaded up horseless wagon
Daddy hung a sign at our back
It said ‘Oregon or bust’ blazing down a trail of dust
Oklahoma, we ain’t looking back

We’re going down the mountain out to the water
We’ll get to water one day
With our feet deep in that cold rushing water
We’ll wash all our troubles away
With our feet deep in that cold rushing water
We’ll wash all our troubles away

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from Saints and Sinners, track released August 15, 2011
Guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and vocals by Jenny Anne Mannan
Engineered and recorded by Caleb R. Strine.

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Jenny Anne Mannan Spokane, Washington

I grew up on the side of a mountain. With a bunch of siblings. I spent most of my childhood on a bus with my family, touring around North America, peddling our wares of song. Music has taken me all over the world, from the mountains of NE Washington to Nashville and back again. I've played for audiences large and small, and nowadays my 4 favorite fans are the love of my life and our 3 babies. ... more

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