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released June 2, 2016

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Amy Nelson Calgary, Alberta

Amy Nelson is an old time banjoist and singer/songwriter from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She harkens back to a time when music was not only a form of entertainment, but a way of connecting to the hearts of everyday people.

She was a featured artist in The Calgary Collection.
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Track Name: Good Natured Man
He's a good natured man with a short attention span
he don't listen to a single word I speak
this feeling deep inside
you know it ain't hard to describe
when he looks my way
my knees go weak

We could build us a home
Put some books on a shelf
as long as I'm with you
I don't mind talking to myself

He's a good natured man with a short attention span
He don't remember anything I tell him to
I ask for sky, he brings the lake
I call for beans, he brings me cake
but I wouldn't have it any other way

We could build us a home
Put some grub on the table
as long as I'm with you
I am loving and I am able

He's a good natured man with a short attention span
He is wearing running shoes in his mind
Happiness he brings
Without doing a damn thing
Without him, I'd rather go blind

We could build us a home
Where the doggies bark
as long as I'm with you
I don't mind being in the dark


He's a good natured man with a short attention span
I have learned to live my days by him so free
I can say just what I want
and my words will never haunt
for he's never really listening to me

We could build us a home
Where we rest our sleepy bones
as long as I'm with you
Everywhere will be my home

He's a good natured man with a short attention span
The dust has come to settle on the spine
Old age is here today
as I turn to him to say,
I love you and I'm so glad you are mine

We could build us a grave
between bramble and the dirt
as long as I'm with you
then dying shouldn't hurt
as long as I'm with you
then dying shouldn't hurt
Track Name: Where The River Bends
I'm going where they won't see me
down where the river bends
going where they won't see me
in my own heaven, in my own heaven

city's fallen on hard times
trouble is all around
city's fallen on hard times
trouble is all around, trouble is all around

take my line and away I run
down with my fishing pole
take my line and away I run
scared him out of that swimming hole
scared him out of that swimming hole

going where they won't see me
down where the river bends
going where they won't see me
trouble's going to meet their end
trouble's going to meet their end

baby got me a shiny ring
bought it from the store
baby got me a shiny ring
now I don't know what for
now I don't know what for

then he got mad and he spooked me
filling my head with doubt
then he got mad and he spooked me
but a rain's going to end this drought
a rain's going to end this drought

I'm going where they won't see me
down where the river's wide
going where they won't see me
and I ain't gonna be your bride
No I ain't gonna to be your bride

ain't gonna fry you bacon
ain't gonna bring you ham
ain't gonna fry you bacon
I'm happy as I am
I'm happy as I am

ain't gonna be gritting my teeth
ain't gonna string you pearl
ain't gonna be gritting my teeth
while you're running off with another girl
running off with another girl

going where they won't see me
down where the river's long
going where they won't see me
singing my sorrow song
singing my sorrow song
Track Name: Educated Woman
I regard your affections
but your actions leave me bruised
I'm an educated woman
I know just when I'm being used

I've been north and I've been south
from the hilltops to the lakes
every road on which I ran
I made my own mistakes
Yes I did, Yes I did, Yes I did

You can try to understand me
You can put me in your plans
call me a woman of the country
I just don't know these lands

I won't believe in anything
unless it's what I've seen
I'm well aware as the cold dark night
that the world is cruel and mean
Yes I am, Yes I am, Yes I am

Some people call for Jesus
Some they call for song
It don't matter who you're calling for
They're still going to call you wrong

Life is trouble and life is short
and then you're in the grave
I am bound for the glory land
where women don't have to behave
Yes I am, Yes I am, Yes I am

Picture me, picture you
with a face turned to the road
there's a lot left for me to learn
and a lot I already know

Life is not a party game
or for picking fruit
it's about deciding when to talk
and when you should stay mute
Yes it is, Yes it is, Yes it is

You can tell me how I'm supposed to live
You can write out every rule
there are things mama can't teach you
and you can't be taught in school

a man's a man and that's all he is
no matter what he'll say
there's a cold dark earth for every foot
and one day we all will pay
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