Virginia

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I left my heart in old Virginia, where the hills so gently roll.
I left my heart there in Virginia, but I’m goin’ to my home.

I traveled far along the byways with the law behind I know,
but when I reached those blue ridge mountains I had nowhere left to go.

Then beside me stood a maiden, her skin was fairer than the light,
her lips were soft, her eyes shone brightly, her hair was darker than the night.

Oh my love, her skin was fairer than the light.
Oh my love, her hair was darker, darker than the night.

She told me that I must go with her, and then she gave to me her hand.
I took it and I held it tightly, it was the fairest in the land.

So she took me to her bower, to the place she called her home,
and there she offered me some poison – I gladly drank til it was gone.

When I awoke, standing before me were the lawman and his kin,
but beside me lay the maiden, and oh how fair still was her skin.

Oh my love, her skin was fairer than the light!
Oh my love, her hair was darker, darker than the night!

Now I go to face the gallows along the roads that lead me home,
but my heart is in Virginia where the hills so gently roll.

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from Home, released February 26, 2013

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Hiram Ring Lancaster

Hiram was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa. A globe-trotting musician, his music has been compared to a mixture of Jack Johnson and Bob Dylan. He moved to Singapore in 2010 and is currently working on a PhD in Linguistics, documenting an unwritten language in India. ... more

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