Song of the Mountains

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The Malpass Brothers

With sincerity, honesty and an utter ease on stage, their smooth vocal blend and skillful musicianship layer splendidly into the deep respect they pay to legends who have paved the way. Add the funny, off-the-cuff quips between the two 20-something siblings, and the engaging act becomes a magnetic time-traveling journey to when a calmer rhythm reigned supreme.

AIRED: July 06, 2019 | 0:56:46
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- [Female Announcer]: This program is made possible in part by

the town of Marion,

home of the Wayne Henderson School of Appalachian Arts,

celebrating 21 years as a certified

Virginia Main Street community.

The historic General Francis Marion Hotel

and The Speakeasy Restaurant and Lounge,

providing accommodations and casual fine dining

in downtown Marion, Virginia.

The Bank of Marion, technology-powered, service-driven.

WBRF, 98.1 FM.

And Bryant Label, a proud supporter

of our region's musical heritage.

["Cherokee Shuffle" by Gerald Anderson]

- Hello and welcome to another great season

of Song of the Mountains, I'm your host Tim White.

Kicking off our season we bring you the Malpass Brothers.

As young boys Christopher and Taylor Malpass

soaked up the music of their grandad's phonograph records.

And Christopher earned his first talent show trophy

at age seven, and Taylor was playing mandolin

by the time he was 10.

Today they promote the work and music

of classic country artists they treasure

while creating new music and making their own mark

in the roots of this rich, American cultural heritage.

With sincerity, honesty, and utter ease on stage,

their smooth vocal blend and skillful musicianship

layer splendidly into the deep respect they pay

to the legends who have paid the way.

And add the funny off the cuff quips between the two

20 something siblings and the engaging act

becomes a magnetic time traveling journey

to when a calmer time reigned supreme.

On the stage of the Lincoln Theater

we bring you The Malpass Brothers.

♪ Came in last night at half past 10 ♪

♪ That baby of mine wouldn't let me in ♪

♪ Move it on over

♪ Move it on over

♪ Move it on over

♪ Move it on over

♪ Move over hot dog 'cause the old dog's moving in ♪

♪ Now she changed the lock on my front door ♪

♪ My door key don't fit no more ♪

♪ Ease it on over

♪ Move it on over

♪ Drag it on over

♪ Move it on over

♪ Move over hot dog 'cause the old dog's moving in ♪

♪ Move on in here John

♪ This is Johnny Ridge on the fiddle ladies and gentlemen ♪

♪ She warned me once, she warned me twice ♪

♪ I don't take no one's advice

♪ So scratch it on over

♪ Move it on over

♪ Scoot it on over

♪ Move it on over

♪ Move over hot dog 'cause old dog's moving in ♪

♪ Move on in here Joe on the steel ♪

♪ Mr. Joe Turner on the steel guitar ladies and gentlemen ♪

♪ Well she told me not to mess around ♪

♪ Either that had he'll go down ♪

♪ So slide it on over

♪ Move it on over

♪ Scoot it on over

♪ Move it on over

♪ Move over hot dog 'cause old dog's moving in ♪

♪ Move on in here Taylor bud

♪ Mr. Taylor Malpass ladies and gentlemen on guitar ♪

♪ Now remember pup, before you whine ♪

♪ That side's yours and this side's mine ♪

♪ So ease it on over

♪ Move it on over

♪ Scoot it on over

♪ Move it on over

♪ Move over hot dog 'cause a old dog's moving in ♪

♪ I said move over old dog 'cause a new dog's moving in. ♪

[audience cheering and applauding]

Thank you, thank you very much.

So happy to be here in beautiful Marion, Virginia.

We're gonna keep things moving, this is an old

Louvin Brothers song, one entitled

I Can't Keep You In Love With Me.

♪ It must have been an awful thing ♪

♪ Someone did to you

♪ To build a wall around your heart ♪

♪ That I can't break through

♪ I can't erase, I can't replace the bitter nor the sweet ♪

♪ I can't find my way behind your wall of memories ♪

♪ If you want me why can't I keep you in love with me ♪

♪ You say you're mine

♪ And I'm not blind I know you want to be ♪

♪ And when you're holding me no sweeter love could ever be ♪

♪ But when I'm gone somehow I can't keep you in love with me ♪

♪ Awe yeah

♪ Yes sir

♪ The worst mistake that you could make ♪

♪ The surest way to lose

♪ Would be to listen and believe ♪

♪ The lies they tell to you

♪ There is a way you can repay the one who let you down ♪

♪ Let me repair your broken heart ♪

♪ Don't leave it on the ground

♪ If you want me why can't I keep you in love with me ♪

♪ You'll say your mine and I'm not blind ♪

♪ I know you want to be

♪ And when you're holding me

♪ No sweeter love could ever be ♪

♪ But when I'm gone somehow I can't keep you in love with me ♪

♪ But when I'm gone somehow I can't keep you in love with me ♪

- Thank y'all very much.

[audience cheering and applauding]

Thank you.

We're all so happy to be here, now first off

I want to answer a few questions.

Yes, this is really our hair.

[audience laughing]

And yes we really talk like this believe it or not.

Back in Goldsboro, North Carolina there's a whole town

full of people that talk like this,

their hair is not like this though.

[audience laughing]

We want to make you part of the show

by getting to know everybody, and the fella over here

playing the fiddle is a legend

in the bluegrass world, played with great

Bass Mountain Boys for many years and also Mr. Al Batten.

His name's Mr. Johnny Ridge, if you would on the fiddle.

[audience applauding]

Fella over here playing the steel guitar comes to us

from a town called Star, South Carolina,

and don't worry, they don't even know where that is

in South Carolina.

[audience laughing]

But he's one of the finest guys you'll meet,

and plays a great fiddle steel guitar,

his name's Mr. Joe Turner.

Y'all give him a nice hand.

[audience applauding]

The fella back here on the bass, if it wasn't for this guy

there'd be no Malpass Brothers, 'cause this is our dad,

Mr. Chris Malpass on the bass, give him a nice hand.

[audience applauding]

And when it comes to country style drumming

this fella right here does a fine job,

he's been with us about nine years now.

He comes from Goldsboro as well,

his name's Mr. Dennis Daniels on the snare drum.

[audience applauding]

And my name is Chris Malpass and this fella

standing over here beside me plays guitar

and does the mandolin, sings harmony,

he's the better half of the Malpass Brothers,

whether he knows it or not, his name is

Mr. Taylor Malpass, y'all give him a nice hand as well.

[audience applauding]

We're gonna reach back not and get Tator to sing you a song

written by Mr. Whispering Bill Anderson, give him a big hand

as he does Tips of My Fingers, all right?

[audience applauding]

♪ I reached out my hand and I touched you ♪

♪ With soft words I whispered your name ♪

♪ I held you right on the tips of my fingers ♪

♪ Oh but that was as close as I came ♪

♪ My eyes had a vision of you

♪ Yielding beneath my command

♪ I held you right on the tips of my fingers ♪

♪ But I let

♪ You slip right through my hand ♪

♪ Yes I let

♪ You slip right through my hand ♪

♪ Somebody took you when I wasn't looking ♪

♪ And I should have known right from the start ♪

♪ That it's a long, long way from the tips of my fingers ♪

♪ To the love hid deep in your heart ♪

♪ Yes to the love hid deep in your heart ♪

- That's right.

[audience applauding]

For about all of seven years we got to travel

across the country opening for one of country music's

greatest singers, Mr. Merle Haggard.

That's right you can clap for Merle Haggard,

he was one of the best.

[audience applauding]

Trying to pay tribute to him right now,

one called Big City.

- Three, four, one, two.

♪ I'm tired of this dirty old city ♪

♪ I'm tired of too much work

♪ And never enough pay

♪ And I'm tired of these dirty old sidewalks ♪

♪ I think I'll walk off my steady job today ♪

♪ Turn me loose, set me free

♪ Somewhere in the middle of Montana ♪

♪ And give me all I've got

♪ Coming to me

♪ And keep your retirement

♪ And your so-called

♪ Social Security

♪ Big city turn me loose

♪ Set me free, John

♪ Yeah

♪ I've been working everyday since I was 20 ♪

♪ I haven't got a lot to show

♪ For anything I've done

♪ I know folks who never work

♪ And they got plenty

♪ I think it's time folks like you and me had some fun ♪

♪ Turn me loose, set me free

♪ Somewhere in the middle of Marion, Virginia ♪

♪ And give me all I've got

♪ Coming to me

♪ And keep your retirement

♪ And your so-called

♪ Social Security

♪ Big city turn me loose and set me free ♪

♪ I said big city, turn me loose and set me free ♪

[audience applauding]

- Thank you, thank you.

Thank you.

- Is everybody having a good time?

[audience cheering and applauding]

How many of y'all ain't never seen us before, how many

of y'all it's your first time seeing us?

[light clapping]

- It's the same.

- It's about the same.

- It's the same number of people, I don't understand

how that worked out.

- I'll tell you what, we had a tough time

getting up here today between the fog and everything,

and the rain, I don't know if y'all got

any of that but we did.

And we were coming up through there and our car quit

on the top of one of them mountains,

and we had to ride the bus the rest of the way here.

Sure did. - Sure did.

- We had to go down to the bus station,

I don't even remember where we were.

Somewhere on the North Carolina/Virginia line.

And we had to ride the bus rest of the way here

like I say, and we got there and it was us in line.

Then this little old man,

probably about 90 pounds soaking wet.

And in front of him was a 20 year old girl,

she was a little ol' stop sign

Kinda cornbread. - Kinda cornbread

- eating lady, you know?

But she was wearing a dress that was a little too petite

for her stop so she couldn't get in that bus

without ripping her dress, so she reached around

and she unzipped it a little bit and tried to

step up in there and couldn't do it.

She reached around and she unzipped it again

and tried to get in, still couldn't do it.

Just reached around and she unzipped for the third time

and tried to get in, and it still won't happen.

And reckon that little old man behind her

tapped her on the shoulder and said,

can I get your phone number?

And she said I'm not giving you my number,

I don't know you.

- He said well you've unzipped my zipper three times.

[audience laughing]

- What'd you say?

He don't talk much, when he does it's too much.

How many of y'all remember when NASCAR racing

was still really good?

[audience applauding]

How many of y'all remember when, there might be

a few people that disagree, but how many of y'all

remember when country music was still real good?

[audience cheering and applauding]

That's right.

We're gonna do a song by a fella that was singing

when country music was good and driving a race car,

his name was Marty Robbins.

♪ Don't worry 'bout me

♪ It's all over now

♪ Though I may be blue

♪ I'll manage somehow

♪ Love can't be explained

♪ Love can't be controlled

♪ One day it's warm

♪ The next day it's cold

♪ Oh don't pity me 'cause I'm feelin' blue ♪

♪ Don't be ashamed

♪ It might have been you

♪ Oh, oh, oh, oh love

♪ Sweet baby, sweet baby, sweet ♪

♪ It's all right, don't worry 'bout me ♪

[audience cheering and applauding]

Thank you!

♪ Sweet, sweet, sweet love

♪ I want you to be

♪ As happy as I

♪ When you loved me

♪ But I'll never forget you, your sweet memory ♪

♪ It's all over now, don't worry 'bout me ♪

♪ When one heart tells

♪ One heart

♪ One heart good bye

♪ One heart will live and one heart will die ♪

♪ Oh, oh, oh, oh, love

♪ Sweet baby, sweet baby, sweet ♪

♪ It's all right

♪ Don't worry 'bout me

Yes sir, thank you.

[audience cheering and applauding]

♪ We were just a plain ol' hillbilly band ♪

♪ With a plain ol' country style ♪

♪ We ain't never played the kind of songs ♪

♪ That'd drive anybody wild

♪ Played a love song, kinda slow and sweet ♪

♪ Played a blues song with a jumpy beat ♪

♪ But the thing that knocked them off of their feet was ♪

♪ Ooh wee

♪ Luther played the boogie woogie ♪

♪ Luther played the boogie woogie ♪

♪ Luther played the boogie woogie ♪

♪ Luther played the boogie woogie ♪

♪ Luther played the boogie woogie ♪

♪ Luther played the boogie woogie ♪

♪ Luther played the boogie woogie ♪

♪ Luther played the boogie in the strangest kind of way ♪

♪ Yeah

♪ All right

♪ Everybody's strange for Luther ♪

♪ Maybe he'll pick a dream in front of you ♪

♪ Well, we did our best to entertain everywhere we'd go ♪

♪ We'd nearly wear our fingers off to give the folks a show ♪

♪ Played a love song, kinda slow and sweet ♪

♪ Played a blues song with a bumpy beat ♪

♪ But the thing that'd make 'em move was ♪

♪ Ooh wee

♪ Luther played the boogie woogie ♪

♪ Luther played the boogie woogie ♪

♪ Luther played the boogie woogie ♪

♪ Luther played the boogie woogie ♪

♪ Luther played the boogie woogie ♪

♪ Luther played the boogie woogie ♪

♪ Luther played the boogie woogie ♪

♪ Luther played the boogie in the strangest kind of way ♪

♪ Yeah

♪ Hot dog

♪ Hot dog

♪ Yeah

♪ Oh Luther played the boogie woogie ♪

♪ Luther played the boogie woogie ♪

♪ Luther played the boogie woogie ♪

♪ Luther played the boogie woogie ♪

♪ Luther played the boogie woogie ♪

♪ Luther played the boogie woogie ♪

♪ Luther played the boogie in the strangest kind of way ♪

♪ All right now

♪ Didn't Luther play the boogie strange ♪

♪ Yeah

[audience applauding]

Thank you folks!

Thank you.

- Well something Chris didn't tell y'all,

that we're actually four years apart, and I'm the youngest

and we were in the same grade.

[laughing]

- We were.

- Christopher told me he didn't want to let me

stay there by myself so he stayed back with me.

- You know how hard it was to fail all them tests?

It was tough boy.

[chuckling]

- I'm sure it was tough.

We were in this class together where you learn about

where all of your countries are and stuff.

- Geometry.

Yeah. - Yeah.

- That's right, that's what I said, ain't that right?

- And before that class everyday we had a little break

and we would go over there

and eat ice cream at the store next to the school.

And one day we're over there eating popsicles.

And the bell rung before we can finish them.

So I just stuck mine in my pocket

and went on into class.

[laughing]

That day they were teaching on what you call

where you're from you know?

And she was asking the little girl beside of me

what are people from Japan called?

And she said Japanese, and then she asked

the little boy beside me what are people from China called

and he said Chinese.

And she got to me, she said Taylor what are people

from Europe called?

And I couldn't think, Christopher said European,

I said no, that's that popsicle.

[audience laughing]

- Our mama's an English teacher, ain't she proud of us?

[audience laughing]

I tell y'all what, we're all about keeping

traditional country music alive and there's so many

great artists, and one of our favorites

growing up was an artist by the name of Charley Pride.

[audience cheering and applauding]

We'd like to do a song and pay tribute to him right now.

We got just the fella to kick it off,

this is Charley's song entitled,

I'm So Afraid of Losing You Again.

♪ Sometimes I want to throw my arms around you ♪

♪ But I tremble at the thought of giving in ♪

♪ Because I know how much it costs to love you ♪

♪ And I'm so afraid of losing you again ♪

♪ Being close to you revives the sorrow ♪

♪ That wakes me up and tells me I can't win ♪

♪ I'd love to wake up in your arms tomorrow ♪

♪ But I'm so afraid of losing you again ♪

♪ Mr. Joe Turner

♪ If heaven were to hear my heart's confessions ♪

♪ Just wanting you would be my greatest sin ♪

♪ But I'm glad that you're no longer my possession ♪

♪ 'Cause I'm so afraid of losing you again ♪

♪ Being close to you revives the sorrow ♪

♪ That wakes me up and tells me I can't win ♪

♪ I'd love to wake up in your arms tomorrow ♪

♪ But I'm so afraid of losing you again ♪

♪ Yes, I'm so afraid of losing you again ♪

Thank you so much, thank you.

[audience applauding]

Thank you so much.

One of our favorite things about getting to play

traditional music is getting to meet different artists.

And one of the finest people that I remember meeting,

he was one of Jimmy Martin's

most famous mandolin men, Mr. Paul Williams,

we have any Paul Williams fans out here?

I know we got some up here.

And we met him and he was so kind to us

and said he'd watched us on TV

and he didn't even turn the channel.

- Oh wow.

[laughing]

- Nah, he's been very kind to us, and we'd like to

do a song that Mr. Paul recorded this back in

the middle '50s, and this is actually a country song

that he recorded, and we'd like to do it for you.

Hope we do it justice.

This one entitled, What Was I Supposed To Do?

♪ You were my hearts desire

♪ You set the flame of love on fire ♪

♪ No other love could take the place of you ♪

♪ Then you left me all alone

♪ So lonely and so blue

♪ I found someone to take your place ♪

♪ What was I supposed to do

♪ Was I to walk the floor and worry ♪

♪ Over endless days to come

♪ Or cry and plead down on my knees for you ♪

♪ I couldn't stand to be alone

♪ You left me nothing else to choose ♪

♪ I found someone to take your place ♪

♪ What was I supposed to do

♪ I vowed, there'd never ever be ♪

♪ No other love ever for me

♪ The one I'd been searching for was you ♪

♪ When my dream came to an end

♪ There was no use to pretend

♪ I found someone to take your place ♪

♪ What was I suppose to do

♪ Was I to walk the floor and worry ♪

♪ Over endless days to come

♪ Or cry and plead down on my knees for you ♪

♪ I couldn't stand to be alone

♪ You left me nothing else to choose ♪

♪ I found someone to take your place ♪

♪ What was I suppose to do

♪ I found someone to take your place ♪

♪ What was I suppose to do

[chuckling]

Thank you everybody.

[audience applauding]

Thank you.

Now I'm a big Hank Williams fan, and we'd like to

take you back and do you an old Hank Williams song.

Anybody out there remember Hank Williams?

[audience cheering and applauding]

If you don't we're in a world of hurt.

This is an old Hank Williams song,

I hope you remember this one.

♪ I went down to the river to watch the fish swim by ♪

♪ And when I got to the river so lonesome I wanted to die ♪

♪ Oh Lord

♪ Well I jumped in the river, but the doggone river was dry ♪

♪ She's long gone

♪ And now I'm lonesome blue

♪ Now she told me hey on Sunday she's checking me out ♪

♪ Long about Monday she was nowhere about ♪

♪ And here it is Tuesday, and I had no news ♪

♪ I got me a song but not forgotten blue ♪

♪ She's long gone

♪ And now I'm lonesome blue

♪ Yeah

♪ Come on in there Joe

♪ Hot dog let's go

♪ Ah yeah

♪ Yes sir

♪ I went down to the river to watch the fish swim by ♪

♪ But when I got to the river so lonesome I wanted to die ♪

♪ Oh lord

♪ Well I jumped in that river

♪ But the doggone river was dry ♪

♪ And I had me a woman she couldn't be true ♪

♪ She made me for my money and she made me blue ♪

♪ Lord a man needs a woman he can lean on ♪

♪ But my leaning post is done left and gone ♪

♪ She's long gone

♪ And now I'm lonesome blue

Yes sir, thank you so much.

[audience applauding]

Thank you so much.

Now I'd like to, is Mr. Tim White back there?

Where is Mr. Tim White?

There he is right there.

We have known this fella right 'chere for a mighty long time

and he just gets nicer the longer you know him.

He started out real mean,

and then he just started getting nicer.

[chuckling]

No, how long have we known you Mr. Tim, it's been?

- Been doing this for 18 years, probably about 15, 16 years.

- We've known him about 15 years, that's right.

- Yeah little ol bitty boys.

- Little bitty boys, now we're old men.

But we're gonna do a song right now I've always enjoyed

hearing him play, and we're gonna do a song right now

that Jim & Jesse recorded, and Faron Young recorded,

a lot of different people.

And we're gonna get him to play banjo with us.

So welcome Mr. Tim White on the banjo.

[audience applauding]

♪ How I'd love to be around you ♪

♪ When the lonely night surrounds you ♪

♪ How I'd love to be alone with you ♪

♪ If I only had the power

♪ To read your mind one hour

♪ How I'd love to be alone with you ♪

♪ Just to be with you one night ♪

♪ You and me alone

♪ Kiss your lips and hold you tight ♪

♪ Have you for my own

♪ This would be a joy unending

♪ Might be a real beginning

♪ How I'd love to be alone with you ♪

♪ Bring it up

♪ Dog gone yeah boy

♪ Come on in there brother Tim

♪ Do it good now

♪ How I'd love to be around you ♪

♪ When the lonely night surrounds you ♪

♪ How I'd love to be alone with you ♪

♪ If I only knew for certain

♪ I might a cut out all my flirtin' ♪

♪ How I'd love to be alone with you ♪

♪ Just to be with you one night ♪

♪ You and me alone

♪ Kiss your lips and hold you tight ♪

♪ Have you for my own

♪ If you'd only be my baby

♪ Just once and then well maybe ♪

♪ I could always be alone with you ♪

♪ I said if you'd only be my baby ♪

♪ Just for once and then well maybe ♪

♪ I could always be alone with you ♪

♪ Hot dog

- Thank you, I appreciate you.

Thank you.

[audience cheering and applauding]

- Mr. Tim White again ladies and gentlemen.

Thank you so much, we appreciate that.

Some of y'all may know to have seen us,

Taylor and I are huge Louvin Brothers fans.

And this guitar that I'm playing tonight

was Mr. Charlie Louvin's guitar.

And we always like to pay tribute to the Louvins

'cause they meant so much to our career.

And Charlie especially meant so much to me.

And we'd like to do this song right now.

One of their big hits, hope you enjoy it,

and I hope we do it justice.

♪ When I

♪ Stop dreaming that's when I'll stop loving you ♪

♪ The worst

♪ That I've ever been hurt in my life ♪

♪ The first time I ever wanted to die ♪

♪ Was the night when you told me ♪

♪ You loved someone else

♪ And asked me if I could forget ♪

♪ When I

♪ Stop dreaming that's when I'll stop loving you ♪

♪ I'd feel like a flower unwanted in spring ♪

♪ Alone and neglected, transplanted in vain ♪

♪ To a garden of sadness

♪ Where it's pedals would fall

♪ In the shadow of undying pain ♪

♪ When I stop dreaming

♪ That's when I'll stop loving you ♪

[audience cheering and applauding]

- Thank you.

[upbeat country music]

Hot dog!

Johnny Ridge ladies and gentlemen.

Hot dog, all right now.

Hot dog!

[audience cheering and applauding]

Thank y'all so much.

Taylor and I would like to do a song

before we do run out of time.

And as all of y'all know without the Lord Jesus

we wouldn't be able to be here tonight having a good time.

And we're always proud to say that.

And we'd like to do a song right now.

This one we did on a show.

How many of y'all have ever seen a show called

Larry's Country Diner?

[cheering]

That's right, we have a lot of fun on there.

And this is a song that we did on there.

We've had a lot of requests to record it,

and we're gonna try to do it on our next album.

No matter what you're going through in life as long as you

keep your eyes on Jesus you'll always come out right

on the other side, so, that's just what

this whole song is talking about.

♪ Keep your eyes on Jesus

♪ When the tidal waves of trouble 'round you roll ♪

♪ Keep your eyes on Jesus

♪ He will calm the storms of life that cost your soul ♪

♪ Living in a world that's full of sorrow ♪

♪ We are tried and tempted everyday ♪

♪ Knowing not the secrets of tomorrow ♪

♪ We find refuge when we watch and pray ♪

♪ Keep your eyes on Jesus

♪ When the tidal waves of trouble 'round you roll ♪

♪ Keep your eyes on Jesus

♪ He will calm the storms of life that cost your soul ♪

♪ In Matthew chapter 14 when the Disciples ♪

♪ Are being tossed in the midst of the sea ♪

♪ For the winds were contrary

♪ On the fourth watch of the night ♪

♪ Jesus came unto them walking on the water ♪

♪ And when the Disciples saw him walking on the water ♪

♪ They were troubled saying, it is a spirit ♪

♪ But straight way Jesus spent unto them ♪

♪ And said it is I, be of good cheer ♪

♪ Be not afraid

♪ And Peter answered

♪ Lord if it be thou bid me come on to the on water ♪

♪ And Jesus said come

♪ And when Peter jumped down out of the ship ♪

♪ To walk to Jesus on the water ♪

♪ When he saw the wind boisterous he was afraid ♪

♪ And beginning to sink he cried ♪

♪ Lord save me

♪ Peter was doing fine as long as he had his eyes on Jesus ♪

♪ But when he looked at the rolling waves about him ♪

♪ He began to sink

♪ And immediately Jesus stretched forth ♪

♪ His hand and caught him

♪ And said oh thou of little faith ♪

♪ Where didst thou doubt

♪ Being tossed in this life by temptations ♪

♪ And disappointments we are very much the same ♪

♪ As this Disciple

♪ If we want to walk with Jesus ♪

♪ We must keep our eyes on him

♪ And not the pressures of this world ♪

♪ Keep your eyes on Jesus

♪ When the tidal waves of trouble 'round you roll ♪

♪ Keep your eyes on Jesus

♪ He will calm the storms of life that cost your soul ♪

- Thank you so much.

Thank you.

[audience applauding]

Thank y'all so much, another hand

for Mr. Johnny Ridge on the fiddle.

[audience applauding]

Mr. Chris Malpass on the bass here.

Mr. Dennis Daniels on the drum,

and Mr. Joe Turner over here on the steel guitar.

We've had such a wonderful time being here with you.

And we'd like to pay tribute once again

to Mr. Merle, he was so good to us and sing this song.

And we'd like everybody that knows it to sing

along with us, but if you can't sing

don't ruin it for the person beside ya, okay?

[audience laughing]

Nah, I'm just picking on you.

This is one that Merle wrote years ago,

and they said it was real controversial in its time.

But if you see some of the things that are going on

right now this is hardly controversial at all.

Sing along with us if you'd like.

There's still a few of us that still feel this way.

♪ We don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee ♪

♪ We don't take our trips on LSD ♪

♪ We don't burn our draft cards down on Main Street ♪

♪ 'Cause we like livin' right, and bein' free ♪

♪ And we don't make no party out of lovin' ♪

♪ We like holdin' hands and pitchin' woo ♪

♪ We don't let our hair grow long and shaggy ♪

♪ Like the hippies out in San Francisco do ♪

♪ Sing it with us if you would

♪ And I'm proud to be an Okie from Muskogee ♪

♪ A place where even squares can have a ball ♪

♪ Buddy we still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse ♪

♪ And white lightnin's still the biggest thrill of all ♪

♪ Leather boots are still in style for manly footwear ♪

♪ Beads and Roman sandals won't be seen ♪

♪ yeah and football's still the roughest thing on campus ♪

♪ And the kids there still respect the college dean ♪

♪ And I'm proud to be an Okie from Muskogee ♪

♪ A place where even squares can have a ball ♪

♪ Buddy we still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse ♪

♪ And white lightnin's still the biggest thrill of all ♪

♪ We still wave Old Glory down at our courthouse ♪

♪ In Marion, Virginia, USA

♪ Yeah

Thank you very much.

God bless you, thank you so much.

[audience applauding]

Thank you so much.

Thank you so much, God bless y'all, thank you.

[audience cheering and applauding]

Way to survive.

We all appreciate that so much.

And we're gonna do a song right now,

we had a special request to do a Ray Price song.

Anybody heard of Ray Price out there?

[cheering]

We're gonna do one and we got just the fellow

over here that can chime away.

He got more chimes than a clock.

[laughing]

This is one entitled A Way To Survive.

And thank y'all again so much, we love you.

[audience cheering and applauding]

♪ I look at your picture too often ♪

♪ It helps keep your memory alive ♪

♪ It's not healthy, they say

♪ To relive yesterday

♪ But for me it's the way to survive ♪

♪ I must cling to what's gone

♪ If I'm to go on

♪ I can't face the future

♪ I've tried

♪ Perhaps to the rest

♪ Looking back isn't best

♪ But for me it's the way to survive ♪

[audience applauding]

♪ When my heart aches

♪ I read all your letters

♪ They help keep our memory alive ♪

♪ It's not healthy they say

♪ To relive yesterday

♪ But for me it's the way to survive ♪

♪ I must cling to what's gone

♪ If I'm to go on

♪ I can't face the future

♪ I've tried

♪ Perhaps for the rest

♪ Looking back it ain't best

♪ But for me

♪ It's the way to survive

♪ But for me

♪ It's the way to survive

Thank you very much.

Thank y'all so much.

[audience cheering and applauding]

- Well that closes out another great show here

on Song of the Mountains.

And we'll be back again with more music

from where it all started here in Southwestern Virginia.

And for more info on Song of the Mountains

and our region, visit songofthemountains.org.

I'm Tim White, I'll see ya next time.

["Cherokee Shuffle" by Gerald Anderson]

- [Female Announcer]: This program is made possible in part by

the town of Marion,

home of the Wayne Henderson School of Appalachian Arts,

celebrating 21 years as a certified

Virginia Main Street community.

The historic General Francis Marion Hotel

and the Speakeasy Restaurant and Lounge,

providing accommodations and casual fine dining

in downtown Marion, Virginia.

The Bank of Marion, technology-powered, service-driven.

WBRF, 98.1 FM.

And Bryant Label, a proud supporter

of our region's musical heritage.

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