The Wayfarer

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about

The slow parts are excerpts from “Pretty Saro,” a traditional Appalachian song that I learned while working with new immigrants. I was struck by how little the experience of migration has changed over the past 150 years.

lyrics

When I first come to this country in 1849
I saw many fair lovers but never saw mine
I viewed it all around me saw that I was quite alone
And me a poor stranger and a long way from home

And I wish that I could fly away
And I wish that I could fly on home

Well I am just a poor stranger I’m a long way from home
I left my dear old mama and my papa all alone
I came to find a better life, the hope of something more
It’s been a long ride and I’m tired of knocking at that door

Well do you see me standing there, would you reach out your hand?
Or pretend that I’m not there or that I don’t understand?
Can you see me? Can you hear me? Don’t you know that I’m alive?
I’ve come a long way just to say that I’ll survive

Well I am brave and I am hungry, I am lost and I am found
I don’t know where I am going, I don’t know where I belong
But you see me, and you hear me, and you know that I’m alive
I’ve come a long way just to say that I’ll survive
I’ve come a long way and I know that I’ll be fine

Oh I wish I was a turtle dove
Had wings and could fly
Far away to my lover’s lodgings
Till morning was night
And there in her lily white arms
I’d lay there all night
And look through the pretty windows for the dawning of day

And I wish that I could fly away
And I wish that I could fly on home

credits

from The Wayfarer, released January 31, 2014
Megan Thom – vocals, guitar
Christopher Herbst – vocals, dobro
Alex Rempel – bass, mandolin
Rodrigue Dechaine – cajón

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Megan Thom Vancouver, British Columbia

Megan Thom is a versatile singer-songwriter who honed her talent in the pubs of Galway, Ireland, the lodges of Churchill, Manitoba and the shoe stores of rural Switzerland. Her music draws from her diverse musical training that includes soul, jazz, bluegrass, celtic folk songs, gospel, klezmer and opera. ... more

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