Highway 401 Waltz

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Well it runs east from Windsor, to old London town
Past Woodstock and Kitchener, there's no slowing down
Towards Ajax and Kingston, and belle Montreal
But we've just hit Toronto, now we can't move at all

So it's
Belt yourself down, keep a foot on the ground
We've got many a slow mile, 'til we leave this sad town
We've got old friends to greet, and chores to get done
But we're stuck in the fast-lane on the damn 401

Well I've traveled on freeways, across this great land
Seen the Rockies, and the Maritimes, and the boreal stands
But today I've got concrete and parking lots too
And billboards and box-malls and cars crowd the view

And it's
Belt yourself down, keep a foot on the ground
We've got many a slow mile, 'til we leave this sad town
We've got old friends to greet, and chores to get done
But we're stuck in the fast-lane on the damn 401

We were soaring like eagles, now we're trapped in a maze,
And I've not made a single friend traveling this way
There's fifteen close calls, could've killed me today,
But I was born on a back road and I'll die that way

So it's
Belt yourself down, keep a foot on the ground
We've got many a slow mile, 'til we leave this sad town
We've got old friends to greet, and chores to get done
But we're stuck in the fast-lane on the damn 401

It's a hungry young creature, this networked machine
An efficient new feature of society's dreams
It's growing forever, and it's only begun
But we're plaque in the veins now and smog in the lungs

And it's
Belt yourself down, keep a foot on the ground
We've got many a slow mile, 'til we leave this sad town
We've got old friends to greet, and chores to get done
But we're stuck in the fast-lane on the damn 401 (x2)

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from Quiet in the Land, released August 21, 2015

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Quiet in the Land Kitchener, Ontario

Quiet in the Land weaves together Appalachian, Maritime, and Americana traditions to create original contemporary folk music. Guitarist and mandolinist Dan Root and fiddler Laura Enns blend thoughtful lyrics and warm harmonies with spirited instrumental arrangements to compose songs that celebrate community music-making, everyday spirituality, and lives tied to the land. ... more

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