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lyrics

Gravel
Words and Music by Amber Snider ©2010, ASCAP Puddle Siren Publishing

He’s up before the sun gets out of bed
He’s got sleep in his eyes, gravel in his head
He arrives at the gate, moves his body of lead
Sometimes he swears he’s almost be dead

He rakes the gravel that covers the road
He doesn’t complain, he knows everyone has their load
He rakes the gravel that make the road nice
But the people who travel, they never look twice.

And the gravel, it falls by the wayside
It crawls through the fence and follows the vines
It rolls down the hills and scatters around
He’ll have to do it again before the boss comes back around.

He doesn’t think much about what he can’t control
If he were born in this country he’d make a few dollars more
As luck would have it, he was born next door
but the job is nice, times are tough for everyone he knows.

He rakes the gravel, like he always did
Like his daddy before him when he was a kid
He rakes the gravel though it isn’t much fun
He has fingers on blisters but it needs to get done.

Oh if gravel were time he’d have all the time in the world
To be with his young bride and their new baby girl
He’s glad he makes enough to put food on the table
While his body and soul are still willing and able

Oh if gravel were diamonds he’d send them back home
To his poor widow mother down in old Mexico.
He’d escaped to the states when he was only a child
Freedom rang loud in his ears only while
He crossed into a whole new world and
His daddy was gunned down at the border in Calexico.

With dreams of wine that turns into gold
And the promise of a future with fortunes untold
If gravel were wishes he would wish to hold
The hand of his daddy again
He rakes the gravel that covers the road
He doesn’t complain he knows everyone has their load

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from The Amber Snider Band, released July 16, 2012

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IMA Nominated Artist "Best Folk/Singer-songwriter Album of 2016"
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Amber creates universal, high-energy, fun, yet reflective life stories through acoustic-electric music.

Her unique brand of folk-rock, country & blues can be summed up in just one word: "Ambericana".
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