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I Won't Be Left Behind

from The Spirit of God and Madness by Viper Central

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Composer : Kathleen Nisbet
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Track Produced by John Raham and Viper Central


Ask her now and she will tell you
How she left her emerald Isle
For the distant Thompson Valley
And the journey over many miles

On a misty Sunday morning
Standing on a Newry pier
Young and strong and independant
Only in her sixteenth year

Took a job in Springfield city
There I met my carpenter
Settled on the Mississippi
Opened up a grocery store

I was there in Fort Garry
When the overlanders promised Gold
Saw the sparkled of adventure in your eyes
And all was told

No I won't be left behind with all the others
I promise you this, we'll make it to the other side
I only wonder what it's like to take your hand
Under the stars on the Rocky Mountain side

They said the path through the Rocky Mountains
Was no place for a woman then
Much less for her three young children
But there was no leaving them

Ten hours a day, two miles an hour
Took the good part of a year
To walk the high pass of the Rockies
Ride the Thompson River


And chasing a dream of some gold dust, was all just a way of bringing you to us

Snow fell on the Fort at Kamloops, as the raft arrived that night
Secwepemc women caught Rosanna, born safe on the Valley side



from The Spirit of God and Madness, released March 1, 2017
Kathleen Nisbet : Lead Vocals and Fiddle
Steve Charles : Vocals and Guitar
Tim Tweedale: Steel Guitar
Patrick Metzger : Bass
Chris Suen : Vocals and Banjo
John Reischman : Mandolin


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Viper Central is an acoustic stringband based in Vancouver. With roots in bluegrass and old time traditions, they have carved a niche for themselves with their original tunes and arrangements.

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