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​Biscuits and Butter

This song is by Carrie Newcomer and appears on the album The Geography Of Light (2008).

Daniel said traveling's risky
But the money's awful good
When I get back we can finally
Get ahead sure we could
He left the fifth of December
Took our oldest boy Ben
I packed them biscuits and butter
And never saw them again

How can I keep on walking
God Almighty tell me this
One foot in front of the other
One foot in front of the next

I sent my second oldest baby
Out to find his next of kin
They found the wagon in the springtime
Up on Killbuck River edge
He was quieter than his brother
And his brother's closest friend
I packed him biscuits and butter
And never saw him again

How can I keep on walking
God Almighty tell me this
One foot in front of the other
One foot in front of the next

They found the bones of our team of oxen
The shirt I'd sewn with my own hands
They found the basket I'd pack the biscuits
But not a trace of my men
I think I'll go down to the river
I think I'll take up throwing stones
I think I'll cry until I'm finished
And I learn to sleep alone

How can I keep on walking
God Almighty tell me this
One foot in front of the other
One foot in front of the next

I think I'll go down to the river
I think I'll take up throwing stones
I'll never make another biscuit