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Larry's Mountain, featuring Vassar Clements

by Cherylann Hawk

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The song Larry's Mountain is named after a man who kept Mountaintop Removal Mining from destroying his Kayford Mountain home in West Virginia, Larry Gibson.


I am a West Virginia Mountain and I'm nervous
I'm wondering if I'm gonna lose my top
They've been blasting me down wedge by wedge
To take my soul of coal
I'm begging you to make this non-sense stop

I have a friend who fights for me
He's trying to stand his ground
But that ground is being scooped away
Around him anyhow
They've no respect for sacred land
Where Larry's family rests
They shot his home and burn his truck
To make him leave his nest

The earth they scoop away is tossed
Into the the land below
Filling valleys and causing floods
Where water never rose
Where there once were forests
There are grasslands without streams
Appalachian wildlife can't adapt to these extremes

My furry and my feathered friends
And Larry need your help
You can make a difference
In a land of greed and wealth
Mountaintop Removal cannot be part of my plan
Nor can peak reduction
Help me make them understand

Save the mountains
Save the mountains
Save the mountains right now
Save the mountains
Save the mountains
Save the mountains somehow

I am a West Virginia mountain and I'm nervous


released August 26, 2018
lyrics and music by Cherylann Hawk (c) 2002;
written for "Moving Mountains-Voices of Appalachia,"
a compilation of songs about Mountain-top Removal Mining:
Vassar Clements (fiddle);
Nathan Wilson ( bass, vocals, misc. percussion);
Rob Grano (percussion);
Uncle Eddie Mahonen (banjo);
Dave Hanner (acoustic & slide guitar, mandolin, drum programming & misc. percussion);
Produced by Cherylann & Dave Hanner;
Engineered by Dave Hanner at Play On Recording Studio...
see www.fallingmountain.com for more info




Cherylann Hawk Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

This West Virginia mountain mama has been writing and recording her songs of love & introspection for over 30 years in the Pittsburgh, PA region. Her sound is similar to her influences: Joni Mitchell, Karen Carpenter, Alison Krauss, Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow, Ingrid Michaelson & Laurie Berkner, with styles ranging from pop rock to folk country to children songs, with flavors of blues & jazz. ... more

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