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Heading south out of Buffalo, leave the lakes behind
Stay away from those fickle lights of Highway 79
Through the dark and the smoky hills, take the Allegheny way
Toward the old grey Shenandoah, five-hundred miles away

Stay awake, don't close your eyes
Hold out for the day, the sun will rise
And in the dawn, hope there lies
Far in those hills, we'll get home alive

There's a cry in the woods tonight, a wail of fear and shame
There's an angry voice outside that rails against the frame
Keep a firm hand on the wheel and your eyes upon the way
There's a light under yonder hill to chase the dark away

Stay awake, don't close your eyes
Hold out for the day, the sun will rise
And in the dawn, hope there lies
Far in those hills, we'll get home alive

And when the morning fire paints the sky
Old green Virginia will arise

Let the lonely winding road lead us to the day
Let the clear and gentle moon guide us on the way
Let the songs that we've grown to love never fade away
Let us sing 'til the morning comes, five-hundred miles away

Stay awake, don't close your eyes
Hold out for the day, the sun will rise
And in the dawn, hope there lies
Far in those hills, we'll get home alive

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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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