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Farm Auction

This song is by Chris Hadfield and appears on the album Space Sessions: Songs from a Tin Can (2015).

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The sons came from across the land to help them through
And last night in the kitchen was the missus' dream come true
All her sons were standin', laughin'
Like a ghost from days long past when
Their hopes and dreams were all she knew

And they all got up on this last mornin', feelin' fine
All those different motors to get started one last time
By ten the yard was crowded
The auction voices shouted
Their neighbours movin' down the line

They stand to watch the caller's hammer fall
Another timeworn treasure carried off
It took a life to build this farm and all
And they just watch the hammer fall

As each son reached the age to choose he left the land
They couldn't seem to see the dream that guided their old man
He knew they had to leave him
But each one left him grievin'
He'd hoped that one would understand

So for the past ten years he's farmed his section all alone
The prairie winds aren't easy on his 60-year-old bones
Though he knows what he's doin'
It doesn't make sense to him
He'll never reap all that he's sown

They stand to watch the caller's hammer fall
Another timeworn treasure carried off
It took a life to build this farm and all
Now they just watch the hammer fall

Now he knows that they are troubled and a little scared
Could strangers ever farm this land and care the way they cared?
But each spring the land will freshen
And their pain will lessen
With all that they have shared

They stand to watch the caller's hammer fall
Their way of living split and carried off
It took a life to build this farm and all
Now they just watch the hammer fall
They just watch the hammer fall

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