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Joshua Davis

Joshua Davis, Michigan-based singer/songwriter and 2016 finalist on NBC's The Voice, plays "Let Me In," "The Little Things," and more from his newest album, "The Way Back Home." Backing up Davis: Drew Howard, pedal steel guitar; Mike Lynch, keyboards; Dominic John Davis, bass; and Michael Shimmin, drums and percussion. Recorded March 2017 at WKAR Studio A on the Michigan State campus.

AIRED: September 15, 2017 | 0:56:47
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(upbeat country music)

(electric buzzing)

(audience clapping)

- [Announcer] Ladies and gentlemen,

please welcome to the stage Joshua Davis.

(crowd cheering and applauding)

- Thank you so much, you guys, thanks for coming.

This is much more my style than the last time

I was on television. (audience laughing)

So happy to be here on WKAR.

(upbeat guitar music)

♪ Watching painted lines fly by

♪ Driving westward late at night

♪ And every one I get to

♪ Is another left behind

♪ Until I watch the night grow early

♪ Right before my weary eyes

♪ That sun must be hungover

♪ 'Cause it's struggling to rise

♪ Luck has a way of changing

♪ But I don't have time to wait

♪ So I dream about the cold and that old Delta 88

♪ My Delta 88

♪ Some faces have a history

♪ Some just have a past

♪ Where you happen to pull over

♪ When you're running out of gas

♪ This place was founded where an angel

♪ Was said to have set down

♪ But they got him tarred and feathered

♪ And they run him out of town

♪ I got half a mind to chase him

♪ And the other half to stay

♪ While I dream about the cold and that old Delta 88

♪ My Delta 80

♪ Well, where can I find some piece of earth

♪ Some stone unturned not burned down

♪ I been looking around but all I see

♪ Are strip malls and worn out factories

♪ I keep a picture of a river

♪ By what used to be a store

♪ And a broken down theater

♪ That no one goes to anymore

♪ Since the canvassing of snow

♪ Was drawn into the flood

♪ And our watercolor ghost town

♪ Was left painted in the mud

♪ I got a pocket full of memories

♪ That got me limping from the weight

♪ While I dream about the cold and that old Delta 88

♪ My Delta 88

♪ Delta 88

♪ My Delta 88

♪ My Delta 88

(audience applauding)

Thank you.

So I'll play you a song that I wrote

quite a few years ago, I kind of wrote it as

(struming guitar)

a letter to a lot of corporations

that do a lot of thinking about their wallets

and not a lot of thinking about their grandkids.

And unfortunately we have an administration

that's doing the same thing right now,

so this is for them, too.

It's called The Final Refrain.

(slow guitar music)

♪ You can fence the wild world in

♪ Suck it dry down to the stone

♪ What will you live on when

♪ your mother's nothing but skin and bone

♪ Have you stood on Eagle Rock

♪ Felt the four winds a-breathin' slow

♪ You can light your fuse but then

♪ Who's gonna feel the blow

♪ There ain't no wire, no wall, no wrecking ball

♪ There's no fence post, no sign, no sulfide mine

♪ There's no tractor, no train

♪ No financial gains gonna bring you peace

♪ Come your final refrain

♪ You can foul our pristine streams

♪ You clear cut our ancient pine

♪ You can drill down our sacred land

♪ Just thinking about your bottom line

♪ When your time has come

♪ Only the river's gonna shed a tear

♪ It's the trees that'll lend you shade

♪ As the earth is gonna hold you near

♪ There ain't no wire, no wall, no wrecking ball

♪ There's no fence post, no sign, no sulfide mine

♪ There's no tractor, no train, no financial gain

♪ That's gonna bring you peace come your final refrain

♪ There ain't no wire, no wall, no wrecking ball

♪ There's no fence post, no sign, no sulfide mine

♪ There's no tractor, no train, no financial gain

♪ That's gonna bring you peace come your final refrain

♪ Gonna bring you peace come your final refrain

(audience applauding) Thank you.

(practicing guitar)

People ask me what kind of music I play quite often

and I think like anybody It's hard

to put yourself in a folder.

I think my music is, you know I call it folk music

or I call it Americana. (struming guitar)

I write songs that are influenced by

our traditional American musics, by the blues,

by old country music by music from New Orleans,

by Appalachian music, I've been at it long enough

where I think I've kinda blended all that stuff together.

(playing guitar)

I've kind of built something that's unique.

And usually I just tell people that I'm a folk musician.

♪ Said it although all are gone

I grew up in a musical household.

We had a lot of music in the house, tons of vinyl.

I grew up kind of in the basement.

We had a wall-to-wall vinyl collection

and every day I'd go home from school

and pull records off the shelves and listen to 'em

and I wound up listening to a lot of wild stuff

when I was a kid.

When I first started learning how to play guitar,

which was when I was 13, I got my first guitar

for my bar mitzvah and I started writing songs

soon after that, my mom was a poet,

and there was a lot of books at the house

and that's something that we kind of talked about a lot

was words and how to use them and just a love

for the English language. (audience applauding)

(lively guitar music)

♪ There were days I swear there were

♪ When the colors were a little brighter

♪ Dodging cars on handlebars

♪ my heart couldn't have been lighter

♪ And as the sun settled down for a long night's rest

♪ The streetlights came on and I tried to do my best

♪ To get on home, to get on home

♪ To get on home before my mother called my name

♪ Now I cruise around my old hometown

♪ Trying to force a smile

♪ All the neighborhood kids are trying to make it

♪ On the skids or have been gone for a really long while

♪ Empty factories, empty streets and empty sky

♪ The truth is we're doing our best at just getting by

♪ Just getting by, getting by

♪ There's something that we lost along the way

♪ We're getting by, we're getting by

♪ There's something that I'm losing every day

♪ She had my heart right from the start

♪ We drank and carried on

♪ We sang and read in her broken bed

♪ And stayed up until the dawn

♪ She sent me with a song, each night out on the road

♪ She was stuck there in my head

♪ Just a calling me back home, now get on home

♪ Get on home, get on home before your darling sails away

♪ Oh, so the days and nights keep sailing by

♪ Just like they like to do

♪ She and I sing that lullaby to our children soft and true

♪ Sometimes we sit together when all the house is dark

♪ Dust off our favorite records

♪ Just searching for that spark, we're getting by

♪ We're getting by

♪ Is there something that we've lost along the way

♪ We're getting by

♪ We're getting by

♪ Does the spirit of the past get cast away

♪ Oh, she said there's more than this I know

♪ There is, I get a glimpse of it sometimes

♪ Maybe when we're driving late at night

♪ And we've got the windows open wide

♪ Maybe when you hold me, maybe when you smile

♪ We're not just getting by for just a little while

(vocalizing)

♪ Just getting by, just getting by

♪ Is there something that we lost along the way

♪ Just getting by, just getting by

♪ You know you can't go back the way you came

♪ You've got to find your home along the way

(vocalizing)

(audience cheering and applauding)

Thank you so much.

The last couple years of my life

have been a pretty crazy upheaval.

I never expected to have done The Voice

and the fallout from The Voice has been wild.

- Oh, wow, you just made my night, thank you.

- In a lot of ways really, it takes a lot of getting used to

in that I kinda built my career around

growing from the inside out.

I built a very grassroots career gig to gig, album to album

going to different places knowing what to expect

in those places, knowing how many seats

how many butts were gonna be in the seats

any particular night, now I have no idea.

You know, I'll go to new places and they'll be like,

a few hundred people there at the show.

I'll go to a new place and there'll be nobody there.

(musicians practicing) Gotcha, I gotcha.

That's tough for me in some ways,

'cause it kind of makes my footing a little unsure,

But I'm rolling with it and I think

that's the most challenging thing is the inconsistency

and not really knowing what to expect.

♪ I hope you make it home someday.

I've learned to not make assumptions

about where my life is going to go

because my life, my career have been

a series of surprises and that keeps it fresh.

I'm doing this now and it's beautiful and it's wonderful

and it's been great and I'm having a great time doing it.

Who knows what's going to be going on in five, 10 years.

I don't know, you know?

So I'm trying to keep, I think if I keep that attitude

then things just keep, you know, popping up.

♪ Honey take your time, I'm always going to be here for you

The songs in this new record are my most universal.

You know, a lot of my songs in the past

have been about things going wrong,

about lost love, a lot of social tunes, political tunes.

Let Me In is a song that is about my past

It's a story of a guy who has messed things up

in one way or another, is in a tough spot

and is going to his lover's house

and is knocking on her door hoping that she's there,

hoping to be let in.

My life is sweet and very stable and beautiful right now,

but it hasn't always been that way.

The album is kind of a journey of that,

of how it was back then

and how I've gotten to where I am now

and looking back on those experiences

and what I've learned from them

so it's a song about learning from your mistakes I think.

(audience applauding) (drum sticks tapping)

♪ New moon dark and I can't see my feet

♪ I'm trusting my heart and the sound of concrete

♪ to help me find my way to your door

♪ I'm gonna make up a reason, yeah I've done it before

♪ Oh, honey won't you let me in

♪ Can't you hear my call

♪ You say you don't know where I've been

♪ Or how far I've fallen

♪ Baby won't you let me in

♪ I swear that I've been true

♪ You say that that I've seen it all

♪ But there's nothing at all, nothing at all like you

♪ I'll stand at your door in a silver line of starlight

♪ I'm hoping you're hoping you'll see me tonight

♪ All the while mile after mile I confess

♪ The memory that kept me sane

♪ You in the rain clinging to that summer dress

♪ Oh baby, won't you let me in

♪ Well, can't you hear my call

♪ You say you don't know where I've been

♪ Or how far I've fallen

♪ Baby won't you let me in

♪ I swear that I've been true

♪ You say that I've seen it all

♪ But there's nothing at all, nothing at all like you

♪ Lights out, curtains drawn

♪ Could be I'm coming on too strong

♪ Maybe I was never strong enough

♪ Say that I'm not out of luck

♪ Weeds grown up around the door, you don't want me anymore

♪ Tell me you don't want me anymore

♪ Baby, won't you let me in

♪ Can't you hear my call

♪ You say you don't know where I've been

♪ Or how far I've fallen

♪ Oh baby won't you let me in

♪ I swear that I've been true.

♪ Maybe I've seen it all

♪ But there's nothing at all, nothing at all like you

♪ New moon dark and I can't see my feet

♪ I'm trusting my heart and the sound of concrete

♪ When I don't know where to go anymore

♪ I'm going to lean into love

♪ Yeah I've done it before

(audience applauding)

There are a couple songs I wrote for my kids.

It's called Always Going to Be Here.

♪ I've got dirt under my nails and a tag-sale coat

♪ May be a little ragged but I'm ready to go

♪ Just give me a call and I'll be on the next train through

♪ Honey take your time, I'm always going to be here for you

♪ My love is like the sun, my love is like the moon

♪ My love will stick with you like a Beach Boys tune

♪ You can wear out the record but the melody rings true

♪ Oh don't worry baby, I'm always gonna be here for you

♪ I'ma be here for you, oh, steady as the rain

♪ Tapping out a rhythm on your window pane

♪ Oh, all I got is time

♪ There's a nothing you can do to make me change my mind

♪ Yeah, some doors close when the clock turns five

♪ But you can wake me up in the middle of the night

♪ You wont need cash or credit when the rent check's due

♪ My window's always open

♪ And I'm always gonna be here for you

I'll tell you one more time, keep going.

♪ Yeah, some guys will want to hold you like a baseball bat

♪ Honey, I'll hold you but I'll never hold you back

♪ You can steal home plate, sugar you can scuff my shoes

♪ You can fly free knowing

♪ I'm always gonna be here for you

♪ I'm gonna be here for you, oh, steady as the rain

♪ Tapping out a rhythm on your window pane

♪ Oh, all I got is time

♪ There's a nothing you can do to make me change my mind

♪ No matter which way you turn or how many bridges you burn

♪ I'll find a way through

♪ I'm always going to be here for you

♪ Well, if everything they told you turns out to be lies

♪ Heaven freezes over and the rivers run dry

♪ Don't ever doubt this much is true

♪ I'll never leave you waiting now

♪ I'm always gonna be here

♪ Honey, take your time

♪ I'm always gonna be here

♪ Well don't worry baby, I'm always gonna be here for you

(audience applauding and cheering)

(slow music)

♪ If you're riding the wind and the light has dimmed

♪ And the sails have all gone slack

♪ If the fog's rolled in and it's taken hold

♪ And you can't find your way back

♪ If your darkness is getting deeper

♪ You're adrift and on your own

♪ I can be your lighthouse keeper

♪ I can see you safely home

♪ Oh, I will shine a light

♪ On these rivers and these valleys, let me shine a light

♪ On backwoods and back alleys

♪ Take your time, I'll stand strong and true

♪ In your own way

♪ You light the darkness for me too

♪ You light the darkness for me too

♪ If you're out all day making your way

♪ On the road less traveled by

♪ If you're lost and the frost comes creeping in

♪ As the light seeps from all the sky

♪ When you're ready to surrender

♪ 'Cause all the paths are overgrown

♪ I can be your campfire tender, I can see you safely home

♪ Oh, I will shine a light

♪ On these rivers and these valleys, gonna shine a light

♪ On backwoods and back alleys

♪ Take your time, I'll stand strong and true

♪ In your own way

♪ You light the darkness for me too

♪ You light the darkness for me too

♪ You know the strongest rain someday lets up

♪ You can never fall so far that you can't get up

♪ The sun won't set without rising

♪ Oh yeah, the sun won't set without rising right back up

♪ It'll shine a light

♪ On these rivers and these valleys, let me shine a light

♪ On backwoods and back alleys

♪ Take your time, I'll stand strong and true

♪ In your own way

♪ In your own way

♪ In your own sweet way

♪ You will light the darkness for me too

♪ You'll light the darkness for me too, oh yeah

(audience applauding and cheering)

How 'bout these guys?

Incredible, right?

I think my greatest talent

is to surround myself with incredible people.

(practicing guitar)

I moved to Michigan State, I found Dominic and Andy and Joe.

We formed the band Steppin' In It

♪ And a thousand empty bottles

♪ In a hundred burned-out cars

♪ In a house up in the Catskills

♪ And all the honky-tonks in bars

They were like my musical comrades like immediately.

♪ There's nothing at all like you

The people I'm playing with tonight

are some of my best friends in the world and I think

they're some of the best musicians on the planet.

We've been playing together for so long

it's kind of this unspoken language between us

which is an amazing thing.

Dominic John Davis is playing Bass.

He came all the way up from Nashville.

Amazing friend and incredible bass player.

(playing piano)

Mike Lynch plays organ and piano and keyboards

and accordion, who's been my right hand man for so long

and is the guy that I always turn to

if there's ever a problem.

(drumming)

Mike Shimmin is the drummer, he's playing drums

and some hand percussion and I've been playing with Shimmin

for probably about 10 years, he's a beautiful person

and is a really creative, inspiring drummer.

(honky-tonk guitar playing)

Our extra add-on for tonight is is Drew Howard.

He plays a million other things,

but he's just playing pedal steel tonight.

To come back to Lansing,

there are so many talented people in this town

and there's nothing like what we have here in Michigan

and specifically what we have here in Lansing

whether it's because of MSU or of whether it's because

of Elderly Instruments there's this incredible talent

that just orbits around this town.

♪ I hope you make it home someday

It is a beautiful thing to come back to Lansing

and to see a lot of familiar faces

and to play music with these guys.

This is a tune called The Market

and it's gonna feature Mike Shimmin back there

on that instrument that looks like a tambourine,

and it is, but it's called a riq, it's an Arabic instrument.

This is a song about the market in the Arabic quarter

of Jerusalem, it's a wild, it's a wild place.

Kind of a mash-up of a lot of different cultures.

You know, there's people that are there

walking the steps of Christ and there's people

going to pray at the Farthest Mosque

and there's folks going to the Wailing Wall

and there's a stuffed SpongeBob

hanging from the ceiling and like, candles and incense

and then neon signs and it's a mash-up of cultures

and it's really, it's down under the ground

and it's an amazing thing to see.

On the record I went and I play

with all these incredible people

and I did a lot of field recording while I was there.

I brought along this little field recorder

and so when I got into the studio making this song

I wanted to have all these sounds that just, you know,

the call to prayer and all this chanting

and this beautiful music and this percussion

and these ouds and all this stuff.

I also had some really wonderful players.

Besides Mike Shimmin I had an incredible oud player

and an amazing qanun player from Michigan both from Michigan

so I wrote this song about it.

♪ Off the plane in Tel Aviv

♪ Wading through security

♪ No rivers here of milk and honey

♪ Taxi through the holy land

♪ Where is it you're going again

♪ I reply, he wrings his hands

♪ Leaning in so close to me

♪ "Be careful", he whispers cautiously

♪ I set off for the old city and the market

♪ Washed away and built again

♪ These walls that house the hopes of men

♪ Oh, Jerusalem

♪ Neon lights and oil lamps glow

♪ Casting shadows on the ancient stone

♪ I'm pulled in by the undertow

♪ Through corridors under the ground

♪ I follow a river of people down

♪ Adrift among the sights and sounds

♪ Down on through the Damascus Gate

♪ Sinking now with all this weight

♪ Can I swim free, is it too late

♪ Washed away and built again

♪ These walls that house the hopes of men

♪ Oh, Jerusalem

♪ Walking the Stations of the Cross

♪ The call to prayer at the Farthest Mosque

♪ Davening at the Temple-lost

♪ I trap the air inside my lungs

♪ Climb on all these holy rungs

♪ Bite my lips and hold my tongue

♪ Climbing up the slippery rock

♪ I gulp the air and try to talk

♪ My heart upon the chopping block

♪ Washed away and built again

♪ These walls that house the hopes of men

♪ Oh, Jerusalem

(audience applauding)

Mike Shimmin back there.

The show tonight's going to be all originals

except for two songs, I'm playing an old Union song

and I'm playing a Hebrew song that I grew up with.

I'm gonna be playing a song called Oseh Shalom tonight,

which, it's a psalm and it is in Hebrew

It's a song that I grew up with.

I'm Jewish and I grew up in a synagogue

and this is a song that my grandmother would sing.

(soulful guitar playing)

Lineage is very important, my family heritage and history.

That song especially really speaks to me

because it's something my grandmother would sing.

Her mother came over from Hungary.

She was the only one of my family to get out

and the rest of them went to Auschwitz,

the concentration camps and she was fortunately,

came over to this country as an immigrant,

was warmly accepted into this country

and that's the reason that I'm here.

It translates as, may the one who makes peace in the heavens

make peace upon all the earth, it's a song about peace.

(singing "Oseh Shalom" in foreign language)

(audience applauding)

It's a feat of endurance that they can still stand me.

♪ It's the way you catch the light

♪ When the sun is going down

♪ It's the way you shake your head

♪ When I'm acting like a clown

♪ It's the way that you don't care

♪ When your hair falls in your face

♪ As long as it's next to you, go on and put me in my place

♪ It's the little things you do

♪ That keep me up all night

♪ It's the little things you say

♪ Yeah it's gonna be alright

♪ And every time I go away

♪ Every time I roam, honey it's the little things

♪ That make me hurry back home

♪ It's the creak of that old chair

♪ When you're reading poetry

♪ It's the way that I'm laid bare

♪ by your simple honesty

♪ It's the sound of coffee grinding

♪ In the middle of the day

♪ It's us taking the long way home

♪ As the evening slips away

♪ It's the little things you do that keep me up all night

♪ It's the little things you say, yeah it's gonna be alright

♪ And every time I go away

♪ Every time I roam

♪ Honey It's the little things that make me hurry back home

♪ Well, I love to see you smile honey in the dashboard light

♪ When there's nothing but static on the dial

♪ Well, I know we're doing something right

♪ Oh yeah, hey, it's the way you stay up nights

♪ Just to listen to me play

♪ Turn a half a bottle of wine into a weeknight holiday

♪ It's in that easy silence when that's all we need to say

♪ Just a transcendental ending to a perfectly ordinary day

♪ It's the little things you do that keep me up all night

♪ It's the little things you say, yeah it's gonna be alright

♪ And every time I go away

♪ Every time I roam

♪ Honey it's the little things that make me hurry back home

♪ Yeah, it's the little things

♪ That make me hurry back home.

(audience applauding)

Thank you.

Thank you so much for coming.

It's up to us right now to keep these kinds of things going.

It's in our hands to push this thing forward.

Here's to public television.

(audience cheering and applauding)

This is not one of my tunes, this is an old union song.

I come from a union family.

It's called I Don't Want Your Millions, Mister.

♪ Well, I don't want your millions, Mister

♪ I don't want your diamond ring

♪ All I want is the right to live, Mister

♪ Give me back my job again

♪ I don't want your Rolls-Royce, Mister

♪ I don't want your pleasure yacht

♪ All I want's food for my babies

♪ Give to me my old job back

♪ We worked to build this country, Mister

♪ While you enjoyed your life of ease

♪ You've taken all that we built, Mister

♪ Now our babies starve and freeze

♪ So, I don't want your millions, Mister

♪ I don't want your diamond ring

♪ All I want's the right to live, Mister

♪ Give me back my job again

♪ So take the two old parties, Mister

♪ No difference in them I can see

♪ But with workers and Labor Party

♪ We could set this nation free

♪ I don't want your millions, Mister

♪ I don't want your diamond ring

♪ All I want's the right to live, Mister

♪ Give me back my job again

♪ Give me back my job again, oh

(audience applauding and cheering)

I grew up going to tons of music festivals

at Hart Plaza in Detroit and a great festival

called Hiawatha Music Festival in Marquette

and so I got the chance to be around

a lot of my musical heroes, guys like John Hartford,

Spider John Koerner, Dave Van Ronk,

and they, you know, would take the time to sit down with me

when I was just learning how to play

and kind of share a little wisdom

and that's a big part of the Folk realm it's about community

so that was my entry into it was this amazing community

that was really tight and focused on keeping the music alive

and passing it down to the next generation.

♪ Do you remember Rosarita

♪ Her Sister Mary Beth

♪ Passing secret notes along the treble clef

♪ Counting seconds between thunder

♪ And trying to hold their breath till morning light

♪ Would you see ghosts or angels

♪ If they came to you tonight

♪ What if you were at Fort Sumpter

♪ In the first days of the war

♪ when Southern troops descended

♪ On the soldiers from the North

♪ What if half the men deserted

♪ And the other half ignored the call to fight

♪ Would you see saints or rebels

♪ If they called for you tonight

♪ Oh, take a detour off the freeway

♪ Through what's left of this old town

♪ She's got shutters on her storefronts

♪ Like patches on a gown

♪ She may be boarded up

♪ But she's never going down without a fight

♪ It's only in the darkness that the stars come out tonight

♪ Oh, tonight

♪ Oh, the ladder that Jacob beheld in a dream

♪ Is the branch the dove carries as waters recede

♪ And the glow in the distance, just before dawn

♪ Is the light of a morning still holding on

♪ Still holding on

♪ Honey, I'll stay by your bedside

♪ I will hold you in my arms

♪ And I will tend the bellow as long as there's a spark

♪ And when it's time to change form

♪ I'll hold you in my heart for my whole life

♪ Turn to peace and mercy

♪ Oh, turn to peace and mercy

♪ Turn to peace and mercy

♪ May they comfort you tonight

♪ Oh, tonight

(audience applauding)

This is a tune that,

my mom was a Detroit public school teacher

for almost 30 years and yeah. (audience applauding)

Incredible thing and I grew up in and around

the Detroit area and so did Dominic over there.

Detroit is a tough town, but it's a town I dearly love

and in Detroit and in towns like Detroit

there's this beautiful undercurrent of hope

and faith in hard work and these folks

that are doing such amazing work there like my mom

and like so many other people

that are pushing the stone up the hill

and keeping on keeping on and I wrote this song

for her and for them.

♪ Some people hungry for the greenback bill

♪ Some folks hungry for the top of the hill

♪ Some people just tryin' to get a decent meal

♪ Well I know that we can turn it around

♪ Some people sleepin' in a fine feather bed

♪ Some folks are dreamin' of the old homestead

♪ Some just need a place to lay their head

♪ Well I know that we can turn it around

♪ I know that we can turn it around

♪ There's one thing that I've found

♪ If there's a force in the dim singin' a workingman's hymn

♪ I know that we can turn it around

♪ River bottom up to home on high

♪ In the light of the endless sky

♪ Jetsettin' or just gettin' by

♪ I know that we can turn it around

♪ I know that we can turn it around

♪ There's one thing that I've found

♪ If there's a force in the dim singin' a workingman's hymn

♪ I know that we can turn it around

♪ From the Ninth Ward up to Patoka Lake

♪ One man's joy's been another man's pain

♪ But the sun keeps a-shinin' through the drivin' rain

♪ And I know that we can turn it around

♪ I know that we can turn it around

♪ There's one thing that I've found

♪ If there's a force in the dim singin' a workingman's hymn

♪ I know that we can turn it around

♪ I know that we can turn it around

♪ There's one thing that I've found

♪ If there's a force in the dim singin' a workingman's hymn

♪ I know that we can turn it around

(audience applauding)

Thank you so much for coming out tonight.

Thanks to all the folks at BackStage Pass.

Thanks to these fine gentlemen up here on state with me.

Be safe, treat one another well, see you again soon.

(crowd applauding and cheering)

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