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We all negotiate our relationships with modern technology, screens and each other.


We had it made, you hung the laundry on my line
The hours came alive winding round that crooked path
Turning over every stone to see what we could get
After the sun went down, we’d play in the dark
Didn’t need distractions to keep us from our hearts
I knew our old ways could ever stand these times

Now he’s in love with his screen, holds all of his dreams
He’s in love with his screen and he’s gonna lose me

Then she come along with her slick looks and quick wit
Everytime I speak he’s gotta look up from that queen
So hard to pull away from that intoxicating thing
Everything is flashing like I’m stuck in a tv
Let go of that machine or it’ll multiply by three
Show me our old ways can ever stand these times


I am a lover of the things of the Earth
I may be out of date and not the new, hottest model
But honey I’ve got legs and can pull on a throttle
Now it’s her or me, and I’m not gonna compete
Darling you can’t love two and still be true to me
How could our old ways ever stand these times?



from The Prettiest Bird, released October 3, 2020
vocals: Susan Pepper
electric guitar: Ash Devine
bass: Joseph DeJarnette
(c) Susan Pepper/ ASCAP Anna Blue Music


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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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