Long Tom

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about

I wrote this song after being inspired by my old friend Randy (R.C.) Snoddy's story of growing up as a country boy outside of Nashville, Tennessee during the Great Depression.
He used to go out into the woods and swamps to hunt squirrels, raccoons, and opossum to bring home for supper. When Prohibition kicked in, his favorite stomping grounds became inhabited by moonshiners. As they were secretly and quite illegally cooking up hooch, this made them extremely nervous and protective of their secret stills and many carried a deterrent in the form of a Long Tom shotgun.

LONG TOM
(Tim Weed)

lyrics

LYRICS:

daddy said, "ever find a still,
turn around and run back over that hill
sooner shoot than to look at you,”
whoa the ol’ long tom

deep in that dark swamp
huntin’ squirrel and coon
daddy’s words runnin’ through my head
“careful what you do!’”

“if you come upon a still,
get back over that hill
sooner shoot than to look at you
get away, get away, get away”

yonder come a clangin’
on the ol’ lead chain
I could see from behind that tree
long tom on his shoulder

tuggin’ on his ol’ mule
sled and still by two
bootleggers here, revenuers there
get away, get away, get away

chorus

boom goes up a still
echoes through the hills
boom, goes a lawman down
whoa, the ol’ black powder

there weren’t no bottle 'n bond
just a deep dark swamp
a brayin’ mule and a clangin’ chain
and the ol’ long tom

chorus

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credits

from Soul House, released October 15, 2013
Tim Weed: Lead Vocal, Banjo, Guitar
Debbie Daly: Harmony Vocals, Guitar
Dana Rath: Harmony Vocals, Mandola, Mandolin
Blaine Sprouse: Fiddle
Mark Robertson-Tessi: Mandolin (Solo)
Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee: Bass

© 2013 Sound Orchard (BMI)

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