The Couch Family

by Dables

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about

This CD was recorded in 4 different home studios throughout upstate South Carolina from Dec 2010 - Sep 2011, thanks to the help of my friends Alex Murray, Micheal Keller, Jake Garrett, Cody Blackwell, Daniel Neely, and the moral support of my parents John and Susan Walker, and several others.

I discovered the book "Sang Branch Settlers" (also published as "Up Cutshin and Down Greasy") in my Dad's closet (as well as a huge cd-wallet full of Couch Family music) as a kid
and found out about my great grandpa Dave Couch and my great great uncle Jim Couch and their coal-mining, moonshining, Kentucky mountain lives and the hundreds of folk, bluegrass, and traditional country songs and hymns they recorded in the early 1950's. I learned how to play several songs from the book and with the help of my friends and family ultimately created this album.

The first 10 tracks are my interpretations of the songs of The Couch Family: the songs of my family, performed and recorded by myself and my friends. The last 10 tracks are the original recordings from the 50's, performed separately and together by Jim Couch, Dave Couch, and Frank Couch (Jim's son), and was recorded by Professor Leonard Roberts in the hills of Kentucky while writing his book 'Sang Branch Settlers', on a single track reel-to-reel.

Listen to small things like roosters crowing and children playing nearby throughout the recordings as these songs were recorded quite literally in the hills of Kentucky, out on the front porch, sippin' on moonshine.

It is a honor and privilege to carry on the music of my family, and was a wonderful experience to find so many people willing to help me bring this idea to completion. Thanks a lot!

Hugs and Kisses,
David Walker, 2012

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released June 1, 2012

all music performed and recorded by David Walker
all music mixed and mastered by Alex Murray


Additional Music Performed by:

Will The Circle Be Unbroken:
Alex Murray-guitar
Daniel Neely-guitar
Micheal Keller-percussion,production



Icy Mountain:
Alex Murray-guitar,percussion
Daniel Neely-guitar,percussion
Micheal Keller-percussion,production



Willow Garden:
Micheal Keller-production


Old Dan Tucker:
Cody Blackwell-guitar,vocals
Jake Garrett-banjo,vocals


Cock Robin:
Alex Murray-guitar
Micheal Keller-guitar,vocals,production
Daniel Neely-guitar,vocals

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Dables Greenville, South Carolina

Dables is the alias for DIY manic folk rocker David Walker who has been a staple in the upstate South Carolina scene since 2005. After playing in Death Mullet, Mr. Waffle, DAN, and Closet Monster, he started performing and recording solo as Dables, a combination of the words David's Bullshit. In 2010, Dables became a full three piece band, playing shows all around South Carolina ... more

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Track Name: James A Garfield
i killed james a garfield
i killed him with two shots
and if you don't believe me
i'll show you the very spot

's I rambled round the depo to make my escape
the circumstances were against me
i found i was too late

my name is Charleston Guitoff
my name I won't deny
I killed james a garfield
i scaled the scaffold high
Track Name: Moonshiner
the promise she made me about three weeks ago
she promises she would marry me
standing in her parlor door

i'll walk up on the mountain and put me up a still
i'll make you one gallon for a two dollar bill

i go to the grocery and drink to my friends
no woman to follow me to see what I spend

I oft times have wondered how women love men
many a time i've studied how men do love them

come on all you pretty women and stand in a row
you lookin' so sadly, you're lonesome i know, i know...

you've caused me to see trouble and many a downfall
if you want to live happy don't marry at all

(i'm just a)mooonshiiiinnneeerrrrrrr!
Track Name: Will The Circle Be Unbroken
i was standing by my window one cold December day
when I saw that hearse come rolling for to carry my mother away

will the circle be unbroken?
by and by, by and by
there's a better home a waitin
in the sky, lord, in the sky

when i said to the undertaker, undertaker please drive slow
for this lady you are haulin' lord i hate to see her go

will the circle be unbroken?
by and by, by and by
there's a better home a waitin
in the sky, lord, in the sky

lord i followed long behind her till we come to the family grave
but i could not hide my sorrow when they laid her in the grave

will the circle be unbroken?
by and by, by and by
there's a better home a waitin
in the sky, lord, in the sky

went back home and home was lonesome, oh yes my mother she was gone
brothers and sisters all were cryin', oh what a home so sad and lone

will the circle be unbroken?
by and by, by and by
there's a better home a waitin
in the sky, lord, in the sky

one by one our family is leaving, one by one they're gone away
but someday i hope to meet them in that coming judgement day
Track Name: Icy Mountain
gonna cross the icy mountain
gonna cross the icy mountain little girl
and i never expect to see you anymore

rock and feed my baby candy
rock and feed my baby candy little girl
i never expect to see it anymore

i'm gonna cross the icy mountain
gonna cross the icy mountain little girl
and i never expect to see you anymore

stop and tell my mama howdy
stop and tell my mama howdy little girl
i never expect to see her anymore

gonna cross the icy mountain
gonna cross the icy mountain little girl
and i never expect to come back anymore
Track Name: Willow Garden
down by the willow garden
where me and my true did meet
we sat there a-courtin'
my true love fell off to sleep

i had a bottle of that burglar wine
in which i did not know
that that there'd i'd murder my own true love
down on the banks so cold

as i drew a dagger to her
which was a bloody knife
down by the willow garden
i took that poor girl's life

my father always told me
that money would set me free
if i would murder that pretty little girl
her name, Rose Anna Lee

and now he's standing in his cabin door
with teardrops in his eyes
looking on his only son
upon the scaffold high

my work is done beneath the sun
and hell is waiting for me
because i murdered that pretty little girl
her name, Rose Anna Lee
Track Name: Old Dan Tucker
clear the way for old dan tucker
you've come too late for to get your supper

old dan tucker he got drunk
fell in the fur' and kicked up a chunk
a red hot coal hopped in his shoe
good god a'mighty how the ashes flew

get out of the way for old dan tucker
you've come too late for to get your supper

old dan tucker climb a tree
the lord did save for him to see
the limb did break, he did fall
killed ol' Callie with a buck eyed ball

clear the way for old dan tucker
you've come too late for to get your supper

old dan tucker was a fine old man
swapped his wife to a bob-tailed ram
rode him over a big high cliff
she ain't got up, been laying there yet

get out of the way for old dan tucker
you've come too late for to get your supper

old dan tucker he went to town
swallowed a barrel of molasses down
the hoops did swell and the barrel did bust
sent him to hell in a thunder-glust

get out of the way it's the old dan tucker
you've come too late for to get your supper

old dan tucker went out a-huntin'
the first thing he spied was a big boar a-rootin'
his back was bent and his tail was a-shakin'
he cocked his gun and he saved his bacon

clear the way it's the old dan tucker
you've come too late for to get your supper

old dan tucker was a fine old man
he washed his face in a fryin' pan
combed his hair with a wagon wheel
and he died with a toothache in his heel

clear the way for old dan tucker
you've come too late for to get your supper
Track Name: I'm Alone in This World
oh my father's gone to glory
i'm alone in this world
oh my father's gone to glory
i'm alone

i'm alone in this world
jesus knows i'm alone
take me home, blessed savior
take me home

oh my mother's gone to glory
i'm alone in this world
oh my mother's gone to glory
i'm alone

i'm alone in this world
jesus knows i'm alone
take me home, blessed savior
take me home

i'm alone in this world
i am weary of life
i'm alone in this world
i'm alone

i'm alone in this world
jesus knows i'm alone
take me home, blessed savior
take me home
Track Name: Those Brown Eyes
one evening when the sun was low
brown eyes whispered i must go
not one moment would she wait
she kissed my cheek, she left the gate

it's those brown eyes i love so well
it's those brown eyes i'm longin' to see
how i sighed for those brown eyes
strangers they have come to be

one night we met upon the street
i tipped my hat, but i could not speak
with another man by her side
the man i thought would take his bride

it's those brown eyes i love so well
it's those brown eyes i'm longin' to see
how i sighed for those brown eyes
strangers they have come to be

one year ago just from today
they laid my darling brown eyes away
now up in heaven i know she be
my brown eyed angel waiting for me

it's those brown eyes i love so well
it's those brown eyes i'm longin' to see
how i sighed for those brown eyes
strangers they have come to be
Track Name: Cock Robin
who killed cock robin?
me said the 'spur, with my little bow and 'arr
it was me, it was I

who seen him die?
me said the fly, with my little yeller eye
it was me, it was I

who called his blood?
me said the fish, with my little silver dish
it was me, it was I

who dug his grave?
me said the crow, with my little spade and hoe
it was me, it was I

who hauled him off?
me said the lark, with my little hoss and cart
it was me, it was I

who covered him up?
me said the duck, with my little flatter foot
it was me, it was I

who preached his funeral?
me said the 'swaller, dist loud as I could holler
it was me, it was I
Track Name: Jack Was a Lonely Cowboy
jack was a lonely cowboy with a heart so brave and true
he learned to love a maiden with eyes of heaven's own blue
they learned love to each other and named the wedding day
when a quarrel came out between them, and jack he rolled away

he joined a band of cowboys just to try to forget her name
but out on the lone prairie she waits for him the same
your sweetheart waits for you, jack, your sweetheart's waiting for you
but out on the lone prairie your sweetheart's waiting for you

jack reached the lone prairie, he found a new made mound
his friends so sadly told him they laid his loved one down
your sweetheart waits for you jack, your sweetheart's waiting for you
out on the lone prairie where the sky is always blue
Track Name: Couch Family's Cock Robin
who killed cock robin?
me said the 'spur, with my little bow and arr'
it was me, it was I

who seem him die?
me said the fly, with my little yeller eye
it was me, it was I

who called his blood?
me said the fish, with my little silver dish
it was me, it was I

who dug his grave?
me said the crow, with my little spade and hoe
it was me, it was I

who hauled him off?
me said the lark, with my little hoss and cart
it was me, it was I

who covered him up?
me said the duck, with my little flatter foot
it was me, it was I

who preached his funereal?
me said the swaller', dist loud as I could holler
it was me, it was I