Old Country

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This is inspired by the intertwined romantic and academic/intellectual problems experienced a few years ago by a friend of mine. It's also a song about ethnography.


Getting too old for these times
I could use another drink and much warmer climes
Then pay for my crimes
With pennies and dimes

I used to go dance at the bar
I'd get my mind off my honey, send my money too far
She still drives my car
And said “Au revoir”

They’ll bury me alive in a reference
Then count all the angels behind the green door
But my spirit has left in its essence
Oh mama, oh honey, I’m damaged for sure
Don’t wanna see the old country no more

I traveled thousands of miles
I did see the world and basked in its smiles
I partook in its wiles
Took notes for my files

But I, if I took a flight,
Would it make it alright?

Back at the home on the range
Where the will is weak and the live-in estranged
No furniture’s changed
But it’s all rearranged


from Country Hymn, released September 17, 2016
words by Sumanth Gopinath, music by The Gated Community
copyright 2016

Rosie Harris: lead vocals, banjo
Sumanth Gopinath: acoustic guitar, backing vocals
Beth Hartman: backing vocals, egg shaker
Teresa Gowan: fiddle
Johnny Becker: electric guitar
Cody Johnson: electric bass
Paul Hatlelid: drums



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The Gated Community is a country/bluegrass/Americana band with rock influences based in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area in Minnesota and has been in existence since early 2006.


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