Lyrics

sAugerties

We lie by the river

We lie up the kill

We lie by the water

And we lie up on the hill

We die by the river

We die up the kill

We die by the water

And we die up on the hill

 

My fam’ly is from there

My grandfather worked in the mill

Saved all his money

And bought a place up on the hill

Him, with his color

Him, with his skin

Was the first of his kind

Ever pushed his way in

 

(Chorus)

Saugerties, brought to your knees

Once or twice a generation

Saugerties

Shame and pride of a nation

 

My mother, she left there

Her brothers did, too

Said that’s what you do

If you know what’s good for you

Many are born there

Most of them leave

Nobody misses them

And nobody grieves

 

They tell ya you’re gonna be nothin’

You’re gonna go nowhere

As they pinch your cheeks

And they pull your hair

Ya gotta prove ‘em wrong, ya see

Ya gotta go away and be happy

 

(Chorus)

 

After hours my Grandfather

Sold American flags

But none to no commies

Nor to liberals or fags

Such were the lessons learned at

And across the knee

Words cut deeper

Than the strap ever cut me

 

They tell ya you’re gonna be nothin’

You’re gonna go nowhere

As they pinch your cheeks

And they pull your hair

It was the place it was the age

Well, this is my time, this is my rage

 

Oh, this son is rising

He’s been away

And now he’s back again

Oh, through my tears I see my memories

Of Saugerties

 

(Chorus)

 

We lie by the river

We lie up the kill

We lie by the water

And we lie up on the hill                                                                        

All words and music by Dave Hall ©

Publisher: Row House Music   PRO: ASCAP