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I ain’t from Texas, but I made my way from Dallas And I know the lonesome sound is following I ain’t a gambler, but I can recognize a hand And when to hold, when the queens are staring back at me Once I was a carpenter, man my hands were calloused I could swing a metal mallet sure and straight But I took to the highway, a poet young and hungry And I left the timbers where they lay
 Forever I will move like the world that turns beneath me And when I lose my direction I’ll look up to the sky And when the black cloak drags upon the ground I’ll be ready to surrender, and remember Well we’re all in this together If I live the life I’m given, I wont be scared to die

And I don’t come from Detroit, but her diesel motors pull me And I followed till I finally lost my way And now I spend my days in search of a woman we called purpose And if I ever pass back through here town I’ll stay
I will move like the world that turns beneath me And when I lose my direction I’ll look up to the sky And when the black cloak drags upon the ground I’ll be ready to surrender, and remember Well we’re all in this together If I live the life I’m given, I won’t be scared to die
And my life is but a coin, pulled from an empty pocket Dropped into a slot with dreams of sevens close behind And hope and fear go with it, and moon and the sun go spinning Like the numbers and fruits before my eyes Sometimes I hit, sometimes it robs me blind Sometimes I hit, sometimes it robs me blind
Forever I will move like the world that turns beneath me And when I lose my direction I’ll look up to the sky And when the black cloak drags upon the ground I’ll be ready to surrender, and remember Well we’re all in this together If I live the life I’m given, I won’t be scared to die

New song “The Once and Future Carpenter” from The Avett Brothers played on CMT Unplugged. I do not own the rights to this video and performance, all rights belong to CMT. I’m just uploading this video to promote the new song and the whole CMT Unplugged session.

To see more from the session, go here: http://tinyurl.com/5t8ucab

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