Monday, April 28, 2014

We live down in the Cumberland Gap

Cumberland Gap is a song I sing differently from Pete Seeger. I'm not sure where I first heard the song. I can't name someone whom I am sure recorded it besides Pete. So I don't know how it entered my repertoire. I'm sure I heard it as a youth and I'm sure I picked out the melody from American Favorite Ballads and I imagine I then went on my merry way. Much like the settlers who followed Daniel Boone through this famous gap in the Appalachian Mountains. We Americans remember the pioneers, their fights with 'Indians,' their indomitable spirit, but how many remember that the Wilderness Road through the gap was a taxpayer-funded project! You didn't build that, Daniel, the US government did! Oh dear, early evidence that the individual achieves within the system of society and that government is a mighty engine for the generation of wealth. Socialism.

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