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I was born upon a hillside


Where the pines sing in the wind


Where my Daddy lived before me


and my Grandpa before him


We believe in simple living

It's the only life we've known



All we need here is our freedom

and a place to call our own.


The words are from a song, The Hills That I Call Home written by Bob Amos. Paul and Pap have been singing the song for years-and from the first time I heard it-I loved it. The song gives me a sense of belonging-one of those songs you feel so strongly about-you feel as though you could have written it yourself.

Funny I should feel such a connection with the song-because it isn't about my beloved Appalachia. The chorus tells you the song is about "the land of Ethan Allen where the sugar maples grow" in other words well north of here.

I believe Bob Amos knew people who were not from the land of Ethan Allen would relate to his song too. Part of the 2nd verse:

Yet I found no peace within me till the day that I returned For there's two things you can count on as the troubled world we face Every season has an ending and every person has a place.

The Southern Highlands of Appalachia are by no means perfect-there are problems the folks who live here face-but it's my home-it's my place.

Please leave me a comment about your "place". Maybe it's the land of Ethan Allen maybe it's the plains of the midwest or like me-maybe it's a holler in Appalachia.

To hear Paul and Pap do an outstanding job on the song-click here.

Check out my site Blind Pig & The Acorn to read more about Appalachian Heritage.

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Comment by Nicholas Fenner on October 12, 2009 at 1:19am
I have too many "places"! :-) But, I'd have to pick the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in NE New Mexico. I've heard a great version of this song by the Tobasco Donkeys, using that area in the lyrics. "In the land of Lucian Maxwell..." Very beautiful song though. The other "places" of mine are the Ozarks and the Smokies. Give me the mountains any day.
Comment by Sallie on April 10, 2009 at 11:22am
Great Song and Wonderful Photos..

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