We're All to Blame

by The Missin' Cousins

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Recorded by Randy Strauss at Snug Harbour
and in the Jefferson St Basement in Oakland

Featuring:

Jesse Palmer harmonica
Elizabeth Zirker Singing and Violin & Bass
Suzanne Pegas Singing and Drum
David Modersbach, Singing and Guitar & Bass
Julia Klems, Singing and Guitar and Bass
Larry Davis, Saws and Art
Paul Dalton sitting in on Bass on Animal Revolution

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released January 6, 2000

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The Missin' Cousins Oakland, California

The Missin' Cousins are from Oakland California. We have played Alameda County & Western music since 1994, in bars, BART stations, jail, institutions, benefits, streets, parties, etc. Much of our songs are made up, and we play a lot of folk & country songs that we love.

Suzanne Pegas (singing/drums)
Elizabeth Zirker (singing/violin)
David Modersbach (singing/ guitar)
Paul Dalton (Sessions Man)
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Track Name: Homeless Man
Homeless Man

His grave is in the Sparta Cemetery, Route 9, Scarborough, New York.

Jules Bourglay
OF LYONS, FRANCE
"THE LEATHER MAN"
who regularly walked a 365 mile route
through Westchester and Connecticut from
the Connecticut River to the Hudson
living in caves in the years
1858–1889

Homeless man, homeless man, where do you go
The winds they do whistle the winds they do blow
The streets they are frozen and covered with snow
Yes the streets they are covered with snow

I’ve traveled the mountains I’ve traveled the seas
And I’m traveling back home for my mother to see
Cross the high mountains and under the sky
I’m going back to mother, and there I shall die
Yes I’m going back to mother and die

Then homeless man, homeless man, tell me your name
And why do you roam through the forests and plains
Homeless man homeless man tell me your name
Why do you stand here in this freezing rain
Why do you stand here in the rain?

The sky is my roof and the streets are my bed
I’ll live till I die and I’ll die till I’m dead
I cannot remember the sound of my name
Or why I am clad in these filthy rags
Clad up in these awful rags

Then homeless man, homeless man, stay here a while
From your mumbling stumbling wearisome miles
Homeless man homeless man talk to me a while
And tell me the reason that you never smile
Tell me why you never smile?

My body is aching and racked with pain
My soul is in torment and burning with shame
The cause of my torture I never can tell
As I tread this cruel road between heaven and hell
On the road between heaven and hell

All alone on the road between heaven and hell...
Track Name: 49 Days
49 Days
David Modersbach, Missin' Cousins

D C D C D C D
49 days to get where you’re going, and it seems like forever to me
49 days of wanderin & waiting, in a heartbeat everything changed
49 days life after living, adrift in eternity
You weren’t prepared for your journey – or were you?
Some things are just meant to be

G-A-F-D
G-A-F
G-A-F-D
G-A-F…
I hear your voice, I wake up in the night
You’re crying in confusion and pain
I’ll comfort you dear with my tears and heartache
And help you on your way

Maybe I envy your freedom a little
Cares of the world left behind
You’ve got to struggle for 49 days love
I’ve got the rest of my life
Or are you as lost dear as I am?
In 49 days there’s a lot you can find

When you finally reach the place that you’re going
And the time comes to say good-bye
I know that you’ll always be part of me darling
Wake up in the morning and start a new life

49 days...