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Get a Transfer

from The Prettiest Bird by Susan Pepper

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Sometimes, hard times call for dogged optimism; this is a a song a la “Keep on The Sunny Side.” Adapted from an old poem, circa early 1900s.


If you’re on the gloomy line, get a transfer
If you’re inclined to fret and pine get a transfer
Get off the track of doubt and gloom,
On the sunshine track there’s room
Get a transfer, get a transfer

Get a transfer, woo
Get a transfer
Get a transfer
Get a transfer

If you’re on the worry train, get a transfer
You must not stay there and complain get a transfer
The cheerful cars are passing through and there is lots of room for you
Get a transfer, get a transfer

There’s no time to cast blame
There’s no time to disdain
But there’s still time,
yea it’s always time
To get on board

If you’re on the grouchy track, get a transfer
Just take a happy special back get a transfer
Hope on the train and pull the rope,
That lands you at the station hope
Get a transfer, get a transfer

(Chorus & Repeat Chorus)


from The Prettiest Bird, released October 3, 2020
lead vocals: Elizabeth LaPrelle
harmony vox: Susan Pepper
guitar: Zeb Gambill
fiddle & feet: Julie Chiles
bass: Joseph DeJarnette
Lyric trad and music by Susan Pepper, additional lyrics by Susan Pepper


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Susan Pepper North Carolina

Susan Pepper is a grassroots musician, performer and educator dedicated to sharing heartfelt songs old and new and building community through song. She performs unaccompanied ballads as well as songs with banjo, dulcimer and guitar. Her repertoire is informed by her older mountain musician mentors. Her compositions draw inspiration from old music, stories of individuals, nature and the sacred. ... more

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