We Had a Mind to Run

from by Arthur Alligood

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We had a mind to run
And we ran till sunset was no fire
The stars became our blaze
Their light our one desire
We swore we'd never go back
But we we're kids just learning to lie
We couldn't leave that town

We had to try just to shake it off
all that dust, cross the sacred lines
We had to try to just find it out, this old world
hidden from our eyes
We had to try

We had a mind to run
and we ran against the grain under the gun
Holding the bar so high
We'd never settle..no
Our Mommas wept and worried
Our Daddys just shook there heads
We swore we were gonna leave that town

Oh, the day I remember
cut the sky a blood-let blue
The thought was just as clear
Us boys we all knew
But we gave it one last run
finally crossed that county line
Walking back we felt like soldiers
coming home from the fight
Back to our hometown
We couldn't leave that town


from One Silver Needle, released April 21, 2012



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Arthur Alligood Nashville, Tennessee

A native of rural Tennessee, Arthur Alligood has spent the past decade driving dusty roads on tour. He has earned high praise from No Depression and BBC, and performed NPR’s Mountain Stage and New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. His blend of folk, gospel and raw Southern poetry is the perfect framework for Alligood’s honest story- telling and wry commentary on the human condition. ... more

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