I see them everywhere. In the cities now. On the streets. In the pool rooms, bars, fightin' clubs. Inswank hotels. Still back in the Piney woods. I see them drivin' pick up trucks. Driving BMWs.
Fighting for the Government. Wearing the Nation's uniforms. Teaching school. Growing pot.Preserving the Nation. Turning wrenches. Drivin' tractors. Laying brick. Mending fences. Writinglaws. Healing the halt and lame. Swilling shine. Fighting the Government.
Scots-Irish. Blacks. Red Indians. Melungeons. Folks with religion. Folks without. Folks doing thehard work. Folks sticking to it. Folks living in the hardwood forests. Livin' in the long leaf pinestands. Cookin' corn whiskey. Hardscrabble farming. Strip mining. Building cabins. Cuttingfurrows. Building roads.
Folks on mountain roads. On white water rapids. On back trails. On ridge backs. In Hollers. In thehills. In Cypress Shacks. Folks caught in snow drifts. Folks hangin' on.
Dolly. Bill Monroe. Vassar Clements. Chet Atkins. Roy Acuff. Carters (Mother Maybelle. June,Helen and Anita. A.P.). Johnny. Emmylou. Jerry Douglas. Allison. Lester Flatt. Nitty Gritties(Hanna-Ibbotson-Fadden-McEuen-Thompson). Doc Watson. Bela Fleck. Merle Travis. John Prine.Randy Scruggs. Ricky Skaggs. Earl Scruggs.
Footstomping, finger tapping multitudes.
Keepers of the circle. Folks playin' dobro tuned guitars. Mandolins. Autoharps. Washboards.Fiddles. Mouth Organs. Upright bass. Folks voices, solo and harmony. Folks clog dancing. Whiskeysippin'. Singing rounds. Dancin' squares. Early day and modern music makers.
Folks insuring enduring circles.
Singing. Amazin' Grace. Just a Closer walk. Life's Railway. Little Mountain Church House. One Toke Over the Line. Walkin' Shoes Don't Fit Me. You Don't Know My Mind. Wildwood Flower.Honky Tonk Blues. Grandpa Was a Carpenter. Lost River. Diamond In the Rough. Sunny Side.Fishin' Blues. Earl's Breakdown. Will the Circle be Unbroken?
Appalachia-Appalachians. America's backbone. America's people.
The circle endures, unbroken.