Krauss, Alison - Pastures Of Plenty Lyrics

Well, it's always we ramble, this river and I
All along your green valleys, I work till I die
My land I'll defend with my life need it be
'Cause my pastures of plenty must always be free

Green pastures of plenty from dry desert ground
From the Grand Coulee Dam where the waters run down
Every state in this union us migrants have been
Lord, we come with the dust and we go with the wind

California, Arizona, I harvest your crops
Then it's on up North to Oregon to gather your hops
Take the beet from your ground, cut the grapes from your vine
Just to place on your table your that light, sparkling wine

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Krauss, Alison Pastures Of Plenty Comments
  1. Mike Gross

    That's real bluegrass (in my opinion)!

  2. Dc W

    Suffers from what I call "Houstonification" (as in Whitney) - so much style and meandering the original strength of the melody and lyrics gets a bit lost.


    I dunno, to me it has an accusatory tone to it that signals that the singer is a distinctly different class than who he's singing to and isn't happy about it, believing it's wrong. He's saying that the privatization of the land under the addressee is harmful to the natural way things should be and that it reduces people like the singer to nomadic impoverished workers barely hanging on in service to those already with the resources, and to my understanding of Woody Guthrie it's the same spirit..

  3. John

    I like this cover, but it's too much Union Station and not enough Guthrie. They tend to over produce and over dramatize many of the songs they do. My favorite banjo rendition of this is done by Seeger.

    t dick

    Then go find what you like & shut the hell up.

  4. David Tate

    Play the fittle more .Alison k.

  5. Marcus Dandaneau

    Oh Heavens yes!!