Rocks and Gravel

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cd cover: terraplane by scott ainslie(John Jackson)

It takes rocks and gravel to build a solid road.
Takes rocks and gravel to build a solid road.
It takes high priced whiskey—t’ satisfy my soul.

Now, tell me baby, where’d you stay last night?
Tell me baby, where’d you stay last night?
Come in this mornin’, you’re clothes ain’t fittin’ you right.

(Where’d you stay baby?…)

INSTRUMENTAL BREAK #1

Well, I love my baby, love her all night long.
Yeah, I love my baby, love her all night long.
Love her when she’s here, Lord, I love her when she’s gone.

But I leave here running, I walked in here too slow.
yeah. I leave here running, walked in here too slow.
I’m leavin’ you baby, never comin’ back no more.

INSTRUMENTAL BREAK #2 (W/STOPS)

It takes rocks and gravel to build a solid road.
Rocks and gravel….to build a solid road.
It takes high-priced Whiskey, to satisfy my soul.

This tune was written by northern Virginia bluesman and grave digger John Jackson. In 1967, at the age of 15, I went to a Mike Seeger concert at the old Groveton High School in Alexandria in which John was a featured guest. Besides being an old friend, John Jackson is one of the finest Piedmont blues musicians to ever pick up a guitar. That night he set the hook pretty deep: I started playing guitar within the month.

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