The Virgins

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The whole world’s gone green
Guess I stared at the fire too long
But these things I’ve seen
Make me wish that I was blind
But I see
you can’t ever right some wrongs
But that don’t mean there ain’t no use in trying

I left Calumet
All scarred by the Copper King
I kept having of dreams
Of being buried in the mines
I took a job felling trees
with the Johnston Company
And hopped a train on that Copper River Line

Tonight I’m running
With the Virgins on my mind
They built Chicago
And all that you can see

The company gains
And all that remains
Is two old Virgins
This river and me

It took four days
Just riding through the north woods rain
They said there’s green gold
For all eternity

In four short years
All them Johnston boys and me
We cut ‘em down
Leaving nothing for the breeze

Tonight I’m running
With the Virgins on my mind
They come from Ludington and Manistee

The company gains
And all that remains
Is two old Virgins
This river and me

One summer day
It was the year Charlie Williams died
The foreman called down
Said “tomorrow, boys we ride”

I looked up at the last two trees
And just between you and me
I fell to my knees
and for my sins I cried

Tonight I ‘m running
With the Virgins on my mind
They fueled the flames
That forged the Model T

The company gains
And all that remains
Is two old Virgins
This river and me

Now the embers glow
Smoke’s on the rise
They say in Detroit
I could get five bucks a day

I guess it’s factories and cars
Or the Virgins and the stars
As those pine cones fall
I know I’m gonna stay

Tonight I’m lying
With Virgins on my mind
They come from Grand Marais and Menominee

The company gains
But all that remains
Is two old Virgins
This river and me

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from Big Car Town, released February 23, 2016

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