The Garden

from by Ginny McAfee

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I used to walk with Grandpa up across a hill each morning
To the garden growing on the other side
A river nestled gently flowing through a lowland valley
From the hilltop we could see for miles and miles
Off in the distance were the smokestacks from the factory
Where my grandpa he had worked since WWII
And up along the mountainside the sun reflects machinery
Where my brothers helped to put the Parkway through

Satisfied by progress this ever-changing world was changing fast
And Grandpa always said: "man must pay for each mistake of his past"
I'm not talkin' 'bout the good ol' days like they are gone forever
But there is a time our kids may never know
In the crisp clean air of morning
The sun would shine so brightly
On Gramps and me when I was ten years old

It's been nigh on twenty years now since I walked across that hilltop
But this time I held my own child's hand
I knew things would look much different from the garden of my childhood
I saw man's inhumanity to man

There were no cattle grazing, no corn was growing tall
Ten years ago the interstate came through
A constant flow of traffic an abandoned shopping mall
And that old factory provided us our view
Instead of hearing birds sing
We heard planes and trains and traffic coming through
What could I do?
And the mountains were no longer in view

(Repeat first two verses)


from Singing Mama's Songs, released July 18, 2013



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Ginny McAfee North Carolina

To any in the many who have heard the powerful voice of Ginny McAfee, you will be pleased to hear that she will be in the studio in 2013 focusing on original material!

Given the fact Ginny has been surrounded by music since the womb and several of the songs to be released were written during her stay there, she feels it is less coincidence and more like fate.
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