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The American prairie didn’t have a lot of trees to make cabins, so settlers used chunks of sod to build shelters, cabins, even houses.


I built this house
From the sod and the ground that we live upon
Just to last the year
‘till you can raise something fine for your own

And we’ll work the land
Just the same as we do and we talk about
And when the sun goes down
I’ll go home to my wife and you to yours

So I look to the east
Where you come home
with a woman from Baltimore
And I thank what’s good
And want for more

My father’s hands
Taught me all of the tales that I’ll ever know
How to make a world
Out of callus, and silence, and bone

All twisted in
No escape from the wind or the darker thought
And miles and days away
Still feels too close every time I’m alone

The tree outside
Will grow tall if the wind doesn’t knock it down
When the summer rains
Blow in hard as a grey, stony sky

And give you shade
Give your kids and their kids a thing to play around
And pull its roots
Down with yours just as deep here as mine




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The Little Miracles of Misanthropy Tempe

The Little Miracles of Misanthropy is Tempe, AZ singer/songwriter Ben Jacobs. Ben writes and performs thought provoking, indie-folk driven acoustic music that explores nature, history, literature, and the simple struggle to be good humans.


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