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Village Blacksmith

from Songs of the Iron Men by Christian Williams

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He brought his plows into my place to have them fixed one day. He said, 'I'm in a hurry, boys. I'd like it right away!' We left the other work we had, and fixed this fellow's plows, so he could get back home again to feed and milk his cows.

Then when the job was finished and we helped him load his plow, he said, 'Well, Bill I'm sorry but I cannot pay you now. Now I will shear my sheep next week, and when I sell the wool, I'll come right in to see you and I'll settle up in full.'

I waited and I waited 'til I met him on the street. I said, 'My friend what happened? Have you not sheared your sheep?' He answered, 'Bill I'm sorry but the money is all spent. But when I'm through with threshing I will pay you every cent.'

I waited and I waited 'till the cutting had been done
and every threshing outfit had completed all their run.
Then I met this same old fellow and asked him for my pay. I told him of his promise on the street that summer day.

His answer was the same as yore, the money was all gone and I must keep on waiting for the work that I had done. He said, 'Bill, don't you worry just as sure as you are born, I'll be right in and pay you when I've gathered in my corn.'

Now the corn has all been gathered the Spring is here again, and still this fellow owes me - I've been waiting all in vain. Then I get to wondering as I stand by the fire, how a real dirt farmer can be such a doggone liar.


from Songs of the Iron Men, released April 1, 2009
Words by J.F. Loffelmacher; Music by Christian Williams


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Christian Williams New York

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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