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Red Clay Halo
original artist:   Gilian Welch
times played:   total: 75 
first: 08/06/02
last: 12/30/12
shows since last: 83
musical key:   Bb
primary vocalist(s):   Zachary Matthews
instrumentation:  [underline indicates "primary" instrument where multiple are listed]
Bryan:  bass
Nat:  guitar
Zachary:  mandolin
Aaron:  fiddle
Erik:  banjo
lyrics:  

The girls all dance with the boys from the city
And they don't care to dance with me
Well, it ain't my fault that the fields are muddy
And the red clay stains my feet

It's under my nails and it's under my collar
It shows on my Sunday clothes
Though I do my best with the soap and the water
But the damned old dirt won't go

(chorus:)
But when I pass through the pearly gate
Will my gown be gold instead?
Or just a red clay robe with red clay wings
And a red clay halo for my head?

Now it's mud in the spring and it's dust in the summer
When it blows in a crimson tide
The trees and leaves and the cows are the colour
Of the dirt on the mountainside

(chorus)

Now Jordan's banks they're red and muddy
The rolling water is wide
I got no boat, I'll be good and muddy
When I get to the other side

(chorus)

I'll take the red clay robe with the red clay wings
And a red clay halo for my head

 
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