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Haywire Sawmill

from Songs of the Iron Men by Christian Williams

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One hay-wire sawmill, nice new location, ten mile haul to the shipping station. Half mile to plank road rest of it mud, six bridges, all condemned but otherwise good.

Timber yellow cypress, very few knots, awfully sound between rotten spots. Fire box boiler, flues leak some, injector patched with chewing gum.

Darn good whistle and carriage track. Nine feet left of the old smoke stack. Belts a little ragged, rats ate the laces. Head saw cracked in a couple of places.

The engine knocks and is loose on its base and the flywheel’s broke in just one place. There’s a pile of side lumber and a few cull ties but they are attached by some credit guys.

There’s a mortgage on the land that’s now past due, and I still owe for the machinery, too. But if you want to get rich here’s the place to begin, for it’s a darn good layout for the shape it’s in.


from Songs of the Iron Men, released April 1, 2009
Words by Ernest Pawson; Music by Christian Williams


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Christian Williams is a self-taught musician, experimental composer, and visual artist. His passion for expression has led him to dabble in a wide variety of music styles, ranging from dark acoustic folk music inspired by the American prairie to abstract sound art utilizing acoustic loops and field recordings. ... more

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