Lonesome Old Town

from by Martin Gilmore

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I come from a small town in Nebraska. I think that if you grew up in a small town there is always something that calls you back there. The pace of life is slower, there's more freedom in a lot of ways, and it forces you to keep yourself entertained. It has it's disadvantages too.

I love the city, I love small towns. This song is a little more pleading than I feel, but I know people who feel this way or have felt this way.

I hope you enjoy.

Thanks for listening and for downloading (those of you who did). I appreciate the support. please tell your friends.



Recorded on a 1996 Martin D-18 S Vintage Series


Lonesome Old Town
By: Martin Gilmore (Timtomtoddmusic, ASCAP) 2012

I was born in a lonesome old town
Way out west in the cracked and brown
Across the plains in the hills of sand
Resting in the middle of a weary land

Raised in the Dust clouds from a Chalmers machine
Churning the brown ground into green
Windblown, dusty and dry
In a distressed place in a fallow time

I’m lost and alone feeling out of place
This life, it never was the same
Living in a city with a lonesome old town
That won’t let me let it go it won’t let me live it down

I left home when I was eighteen
Running from fields of wheat and beans
Anxious and hoping to leave behind
Small town ways and small world minds

Traced my map to a city of lights
Struggled my struggle and suffered my plights
I thought I had found my road
But that old place just won’t let go

In that valley, long ago
Long before me on an unsure road
Souls of the brave, the lost and the young
Sought a better life towards the setting sun

My old home still stands in that field
The farmers still churn the dust into meals
Driving their tractors from the starting end
To the edge of their land and back again


from Martin Gilmore and Friends, released November 1, 2012
Martin Gilmore: Guitar and vocals



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