Cornfields

by Peter Willie Youngtree

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Inspired by tales and experiences working on an Ontario farm in 2006, Peter Willie Youngtree releases this B-side single from the Country Hymns sessions. Recorded off the floor at Lab of Chaos studios in May 2015.

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When I was a boy in the backwoods of Ontario
My daddy had a tobacco farm and I would roam

Through the cornfields, it's where I spent my youth
Through the cornfields, it's where I learned the truth

My friends and I on our pedal bikes, those long dirt roads we'd ride
Every summer's day and by the lake we'd play until the day turned into night

And in the dark on our way home, we'd drop our bikes and lie
Upon the dirt, our backs to the earth, and watch the corn grow toward the sky

In the cornfields, it's where I spent my youth
In the cornfields, it's where I learned the truth

Then at the age of sixteen years, my country went to war
And I gave my name but the man, he said, "Boy you're too young to go on tour"

With no friends to find, a girl came by - young Sally Greenwood brought me
To the cornfields, where she laid me down, and she placed her self upon me

Upon the dirt, my back to the earth, Sally held me in her thighs
As she pulled her dress up over her head, I watched the corn grow toward the sky

Two boys we raised and a living we made, planting corn and planting clover
And when we grew too old to work the land, the boys took over

Then at the age of eighty-three. Mrs. Sally Johnson died
And when my time's done beneath the sun, I'll be buried by her side

Beneath the cornfields, it's where I spent my youth
In the cornfields, it's where I learned the truth
Beneath the cornfields, it's where I'll spend my death
Beneath the cornfields, I have lived without regret

credits

released February 16, 2016
Drums + backing vocals: Chuck Boyd
Bass + backing vocals: Darren Browne
Electric Guitar + backing vocals: Joe Tucker
Acoustic Guitar + Vocals: Peter Willie Youngtree
Engineered by Krisjan Leslie
Produced by Peter Willie Youngtree & Krisjan Leslie

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Peter Willie Youngtree St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Peter Willie Youngtree's debut album has made Top 10 and Top 30 Earshot! charts eight times, was long-listed for the Borealis Music Prize, and was called one of the best local albums of the year. He tours in Canada frequently, recently performing alongside folk icon Jennifer Castle. Exclaim! magazine, described his "vividly written songs that recall classic Country-Rock figures like Gram Parsons." ... more

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