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Who Will Watch the Homeplace?

Kate Long (© Feeny Feemster Music, BMI)
Kate Long's poignant masterpiece. It was an IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Award) Song of the Year.
[Lyrics] Leaves are falling and turning in showers of gold
As the postman climbs up our long hill
And there's sympathy written all over his face
As he hands me a couple more bills

Who will watch the homeplace
Who will tend my heart's dear space
Who will fill my empty place
When I am gone from here

There's a lovely green nook by a clear running stream
It was my place when I was quite small
And its creatures and sounds could soothe my worst pain
But today they don't ease me, at all

Who will watch the homeplace...

In my grandfather's shed there are hundreds of tools
I know them by feel and by name
Like parts of my body, they've patched this old place
When I move them, they won't be the same

Who will watch the homeplace...

Now I wander around touching each blessed thing
The chimney, the tables, the trees
And the mem'ries swirl 'round me like birds on the wing
When I leave here, oh who will I be?

Who will watch the homeplace...