God's Country

from by Randy's Bad Baby

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We let out for God's country for boom or for bust
But we didn't know exactly what lay ahead of us
"Only seven years," they said to stake out a claim
We'd be so much the richer they said it'd be our gain

Through the Mad Hat Valley, through the Chicken Feel Flat,
Over the Slap Jack Hill and then on to Medicine Hat.
And when we got there, it was just a dusty hill
But that ain't what the picture looked like on the government's picture bill.

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Oh Dakota Land. Where are you sweet Dakota land?
I've heard told that your vallies are the finest in the land.
I went lookin for God's country so I can understand
just why we stole this land.

We settled down to work for seven years straight and we lived far below what was then the goin rate.
We didn't have any silver so they gave it on a loan.
It was just like they say as when you "Throw the dog a bone."

Mamma got sick. We had nothin left to give. But the doc said, "It'l cost ya more if you wnna see your mamma live."
We had nothin left. What more could we do?
Now I know I wished I'd listened to that drunken Dakota Sioux.

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Delila was born in 1907.
That made eight of trying to make our way into heaven.
We met every kind of con man everywhere we went.
When we confered with the preacher he said it was all just heaven-sent.

Oh give me a land where the bright diamond sand flows from the water and I can shout, "Well God Damn!"
We almost got killed. Fleeced, clear enough.
We sure did pay a lot to find out just where God's country was!

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credits

from Birth of A Notion, released February 14, 2012
Music/Lyrics- Randy Viscio
Acoustic Guitar/Lead Vocal – Randy Viscio
Drums- Adam Stranburg
Bass- Jim Stager
Dobro/Backing Vocals- Peter Richan
Fiddle- Jay Ansil
Backing Vocals- Cowmuddy
*Banjo- Ryan Witke

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Randy's Bad Baby Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The world's badest baby went down to the Juke Joint and got all juked up. The music was so fine and the crowd so frenzied that it whipped up like a tornado and swept everyone up and out. It carried the people across the Great Divide and They all landed in Philadelphia! And when I told that story...everyone sitting next to me on the bench all slid over and away from me. But it's true! ... more

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