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Unwed Fathers

This song is by Deer Tick and appears on the compilation Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine (2010).

In an Appalachian, Greyhound station
She sits there waiting, in a family way
Goodbye brother, tell Ma I love her
Tell all the others that I'll write someday

From an teenage lover to an unwed mother
Kept undercover like some bad dream
While unwed fathers, they can't be bothered
They run like water through a mountain stream

In a cold and gray town, a nurse says lay down
This ain't no playground and this ain't home
Someone's children out having children
In a gray stone building, all alone

From an teenage lover to an unwed mother
Kept undercover like some bad dream
While unwed fathers, they can't be bothered
They run like water through a mountain stream

Somewhere else bound, Smokey Mountain Greyhound
She bows her head down, singing lullabies
Your daddy never meant to hurt you ever
He just don't live here but you've got his eyes

From an teenage lover to an unwed mother
Kept undercover like some bad dream
While unwed fathers, they can't be bothered
They run like water, through a mountain stream
Oh, they run like water through a mountain stream

Written by:

Robert Valentin Braddock; John E Prine