A Carolina Jubilee

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1. The Traveling Song

Well I guess if my daddy hadn’t brought me up
Down a long dirt road in a pickup truck
I’d feel alright, ‘neath the city lights
Couldn’t leave the city lights it just ain’t right

I was born out west of Cheyenne town
While my ma and pa was ramblin’ ’round
I’m a rambler too, but I’m country bound
I’ll travel till my country home is found
And I will travel
Yeah, I will travel
I will travel ’till my country home is found

Well a country song on the radio
Country star but what do you know
He’s a city boy singin country tunes
I’m a country boy with those city blues
So I will travel
Yeah I will travel
I will travel ’till my country home is found

Well Chestertown (lets go), Albany (lets go), Neptune (lets go), Pittsburgh (let’s go), Cleveland town (let’s go),…
Etc…

I’ve got the wheels to ride and the wheels to run,
Some say I got ramblin’ in my blood
No pretty girl can slow me down
I’ll travel ’till my country home is found
So I will travel
I will travel
I will travel till my country home is found
Yeah, I will travel
I will travel
I will travel ’till my country home is found

2. Love Like the Movies

So you want to be in love like the movies
But in the movies they’re not in love at all
And with a twinkle in their eyes
They’re just saying their lines
So we can’t be in love like the movies

Now in the movies they make it look so perfect
And in the background they’re always playing the right song
And in the ending there’s always a resolution
But real life is more than just two hours long

So you want to be in love like the movies
But in the movies they’re not in love at all
And with a twinkle in their eyes
They’re just saying their lines
So we can’t be in love like the movies

Well you can freeze frame any moment from a movie
Or run the whole damn thing backwards from reel to reel
But I don’t see one single solitary light technician
Or one single camera in this moonlit field

I don’t want to be in love like the movies
Cause in the movies they’re not in love at all
With a twinkle in their eyes
They’re just saying their lines
So we can’t be in love like the movies.

And with a twinkle in their eyes
They’re just saying their lines
And so we can’t be in love like the movies.
Nooooooo
We can’t be in love like movies

3. Sorry Man

Your mama doesn’t like me
She thinks I’m a sorry man
When she tells her friends about me
She says I’m a sorry man
And she asks you each day
Why would you stay with a sorry man
Well I was doing my best
Just trying to impress, still a sorry man
And I’ve got news for your ma
I’m the best she ever saw
No one could love your daughter like I do

Your mama told you father
She said I’m a sorry man
So he told me not to ever
Come back here again
So I told your dear old daddy
That he can’t keep us apart
Because it’s you and not your parents
Who can break my heart
And I’ve got news for your ma
I’m the best she ever saw
No one could love your daughter like I do

Well I tried to tell your mama
But I didn’t want to fight
Well they’ll be the same tomorrow
So we’re leaving here tonight
Tomorrow they’ll be waking
To a sad sorry dawn
And then they’ll be sorry
When they see that we’re gone
Cause I’ve got news for your ma
I’m the best she ever saw
No one could love your daughter like I do

4. Me and God

Well I know a preacher he’s a real good man
He speaks from The Good Book and his hand
And helps all people when he can
But me and God don’t need a middle man

Well I found God in a soft woman’s hair
A long days work and a good sittin’ chair
The ups and downs of the treble clef lines
And five miles ago on an interstate sign
My God, my God and I don’t need a middle man
My God, my God and I don’t need a middle man

Now I don’t doubt that The Good Book is true
What’s right for me may not be right for you
To church on Sunday I’ll stand beside
All the hurtin’ people with the fear in their eyes
And I thank the Lord for the country land
Just like pa I thank him for my hands
And I don’t know if my soul is safe
Sometimes I use curse words when I pray
My God, my God and I don’t need a middle man
My God, my God and I don’t need a middle man
My God, my God and I don’t need a middle man
My God, my God and I don’t need a middle man

5. Pretty Girl from Raleigh

Who sold you this anger
I suspect it was your friends
Or was it a stranger
Convincing you that this was the end

And I would like to thank you
For coming round and doing this
My nights have been pretty painful
Losing that pain was always the trick

You always said that I was lying
That I was just a selfish man
But I all ready gave it all away
So you can let go of my selfish hand

So bye bye bye bye bye
I ain’t got time to watch you cry
Cause I’ve been drinking seven hours now
Sympathy is a waste of my high

And I would like to say it hurts me (but it don’t)
That I don’t know just what to do (but I do)
But it don’t hurt when you’re just killing time
I was killing time and I think that you knew

6. Do You Love Him

Do you love him? Do you love him? Do you love him, my dear?
Does he hold you? Does he hug you? Does he keep you near?
And as you lie together, does he whisper in your ear?
Do you love him? Do you love him? Do you love him, my dear?

In the evening, those tired evenings, at twilights first glare
Does he lay in your lap? Do you play with his hair?
And when he falls asleep, Do you just stare?
Do you love him? Do you love him? Do you love him, my dear?

Late in the night when you fear the unknown
Does he warm up your mind? As you chill to the bone
I do love you, I do feel you, Each day and night
But I can’t tell right from wrong, or fear from insight
But you always knew everything and that is what is clear
Do you love him? Do you love him? Do you love him, my dear?

7. I Killed Sally’s Lover

Somebody get my shotgun
Somebody get my blade
Sally’s been layin’ with another man
And he’s sleeping in my place
Somebody get my shotgun
Gonna shoot him sure as rain
You can run as fast as you want to boy
I’ll kill you just the same

Somebody get my pocket blade
Gonna cut him don’t you know
You can try to hide all you want to boy
There ain’t nowhere to go
Somebody get my shotgun
Somebody get my blade
Sally’s been layin’ with another man
And he’s sleeping in my place

Now Sally don’t go thinkin’
That you got off so clean
I’d kill you too if I had the nerve
But I just ain’t that mean
So I go and get my murder tools
I throw them in the lake
Gonna steal me an automobile
And drive so far away
Now I am a fugitive
I’m always on the run
Sally told the policeman
Exactly what I’d done
I went and got my shotgun
I went and got my blade
Killed poor Sally’s lover
And I put him in the grave.

Now all you ramblin’ fellas
You listen close to me
That woman gonna bring you pain
Your heart is gonna bleed
But it ain’t worth the trouble
The sufferin’ or the grief
A bleeding heart is better than the penitentiary
I killed Sally’s lover
One dark and dreary day
Sally got another
And I got sent away
Somebody get my shotgun
Somebody get my blade
Sally’s been laying with another man
And I set him in his grave

8. Pretty Girl from Locust

Careful, not to say that I don’t care
Or haven’t, or can’t, or will not again
Winter didn’t die, she was murdered
And you are the culprit, I am the same

It’s only right, it’s only right
For you to fall in love with me
Give me a life, give me a life
Give me tonight, it’s only right

Thirty days alone with the savior
An angel, a devil, rapture and smoke
And I’m careful, just not to say that I miss you
Cause sometimes, I guess I still miss myself

It’s only right, it’s only right
For you to fall, in love with me
Give me a life, give me a life
Give me tonight, it’s only right

9. My Last Song to Jenny

Oh tell me please that I don’t have to read between the lines
Hey this is me and you don’t have to keep something heavy on your mind
Did you sleep?
Not a wink
Well neither did I

I’ve never been too good at readin’ in between the lines
So babe spell it out but you don’t have to shout when you’re talking to me
Do you care?
Are you there?
Well neither am I

Don’t lock your door everyone is poor between the lines
And I could never steal the sadness you feel when your changing you mind
Oh my dear
Can you hear?
Well neither can I

I want to live and I want you to live happy and free
But I don’t know how to seperate the now from what used to be
Will you sleep?
Not a wink
Well neither will I

10. Walking for You

Ain’t got no money
But I’ve got time
I don’t care about the sunshine
But I love to see you smile

So you say you’re lonesome
Baby dry your eyes
Well there’s a road to your door step
I’ll be there by morning’s light

But I don’t have an answer
For when you ask me why
I know I love you baby like I know I never ever
Gonna let you ever say goodbye
Say goodbye, Say goodbye

I’ve got an old Ford pickup truck
I got a Cadillac
And I don’t care how I get there
Transportation can’t hold me back

But I don’t have an answer
For when you ask me why
I know I love you baby like I know I never ever
Gonna let you ever say goodbye
Say goodbye, Say goodbye

Cause I’ve had bad lovers, yeah
That walked to my back door
I’ve wasted years walkin’ for them gals
That’s how I know you’re worth walking for

So you say you’re so in love
Well baby so am I
And I don’t care if I’m on the road
I am always by your side

But I don’t have an answer
When you ask me why
I know I love you baby like I know I never ever
Gonna let you ever say goodbye
Say goodbye, Say goodbye

11. The D Bag Rag

Instrumental

12. Pretty Girl from Annapolis

Oh don’t you look at me that way
I would be honest but I don’t know how to say
I’ve been lazy with my love
Can’t you give me a chance to make it up to you

I’m always chasing some far off dream
My lady I know it’s not easy for you to see
But I’ve lied to myself
And your lovelyness no it doesn’t help
No your beautiful smile don’t help

My dreams are lies
That I have tried to ignore
My dreams fly me
To a place near Baltimore

And I love this moment we’re in
Though we might never see this moment again
May you find all that you need
An easy way to forget about me
May you forget about me

My dreams are lies
That I have tried to ignore
My dreams fly me
To a place near Baltimore

And if I don’t make it to the spring
May you catch the joy that a melody brings
From my dear brothers ragged six string
Singing the songs we’re embarrassed to sing
May you never be embarrassed to sing

My dreams are lies
That I have tried to ignore
My dreams fly me
To a place near Baltimore

13. Smoke in Our Lights

You’re not a girl, you’re a town
You’re snow on the ground
You’re my first year in school
You’re the words in a song that Hoon sang to me
And all around my memories, you dance

You’re not a girl, you’re a car
You’re a red Trans Am
You’re 90 miles an hour
We never get caught cause there’s no cops around
And no roads like this, downtown

Why’d we have to change
It all seems so fine
We’ll go our own ways
We’re both asking
Why’d we have to change
It all seems so fine
We’ll go our own ways
We’re both asking, why

You’re not a girl, you’re the night of the homecoming game
You’re the voice in my head
Just begging me to stay
You’re the smoke in our lights as we sped away
To catch the moonlight on the graves

You’re not a girl, you’re a waltz
You’re a canopy bed
You’re June to August
You’re the back and forth sway of the hammock all day
When I asked you what did you say?

Why’d we have to change
It all seems so fine
We’ll go our own ways
We’re both asking
Why’d we have to change
It all seems so fine
We’ll go our own ways
We’re both asking, why

14. Offering

Babe I’m lost
Cause I don’t know what to say
Hmmm I love you
Want to make you my wife someday

Don’t wanna steal you
Of a young woman’s light
To me it’s perfect
Just wanna do you right

And I’ve known others
And I’ve loved others too
But I loved them cause they were stepping stones
On a staircase to you

Sometimes I act foolish
I don’t know what to do
Please babe try not to judge me
For my offering is true

And I dream of children
We can call our own
Watch ‘em run around in the front yard
From the front porch of our home

15. August 15, 1985

A recording from 1985 of Bonnie, Seth, Scott and Jim Avett talking.