the beginning

by David Burchfield

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released October 18, 2011

Produced, Engineered, Mixed, and Mastered by Mike Crawford at the Impossible Box.
Illustrations by Leslie Hammer.

David Burchfield - vocals, guitar
Leslie Hammer - banjo, fiddle, viola
Seth Jenkins - upright bass
Jeff Larison - pedal steel, dobro
Andy Michael - piano, accordion
Devon Russell - vocals, choir of angels


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David Burchfield Denver, Colorado

David Burchfield writes powerful Americana that gathers influences from folk, bluegrass, rock, and country. Burchfield’s literate lyrics meet emotive grace in nods to Josh Ritter, Glen Hansard, and David Ramirez. Burchfield has shared bills with Nick Bluhm, Anders Osborne, Guster, Joe Pug, David Ramirez, Noah Gundersen, Futurebirds, Denison Witmer, and the Way Down Wanderers. ... more

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Track Name: The Beginning
When these things creep up on me
Like wolves from the trees
I am trapped and discovered
By my footprints in the snow

Were I to run the other way
Looking for some escape
I would run into some other trap
Without knowing

[ What can I d - o?
What have I done?
Just to gain another chance
to get aw - ay
A moment in the sun
The wheat shines brown
Some clear blue Kansas sky
Just might save me.]

But she’s persistently good
And the weather’s turning fine
And some hopeful intuition
Of your power just comes to mind

And little graces to me
Like finding money on the street
And then giving it away
Just prove you love me


My brother in another state
Calls me up some days
And I cannot help but ache
For the grief he has made

Like getting tangled in a web
Or tripping over your own feet
Some freedoms can be traded away

[Chorus] 2x
Track Name: Arkansas
When the spring came to the hi - lls
Where my father’s family’s from
We were swallowed in the green and
Way down in Arkansas

My grandmother and her sister
Helped me trace back to my roots
At the end of a long branch there hangs
The love I have for you

And I recognized their beauty
And the measure of their strength
In each wrinkle in their fair old skin
And the features of your face

And each new branch comes from somewhere
And each tree grows from the earth
And each story that is ever told
Reflects one from before
Track Name: Have Tried
It’s been so long
Since I first loved you
That I can’t remember before
And who I was then
And who I am now
Seem so indistinguishable

{I know I’ve changed
And I know you have too
But I know I’m a better man now}

[And I have tried
To love you well
And somehow come up short
But I’ll go back
And try again
If you’ll only say the word.]

What piece of your heart
Have you hidden so long
The treasure I have sought
I’ve given my life
To be denied
When I finally found the door

{What’s keeping you
From loving me
The way that I have loved you?}

[Because I have tried
To love you well
And given all I could
But if that somehow
Is not enough
What exactly are you looking for?]

<I thought that we’d broke down
All the walls in our way
And we both thought that we’d stick for good
Now all those dreams
That you dreamed with me
Seem lost, unrecoverable.>
Track Name: All is Well
How can I tell you
All is well with my soul
When you won’t listen
To me anymore
And stopped months ago

[All is well. All is well.]

It doesn’t phase me
That you don’t care anymore
I wouldn’t trade what
I have now alone
For what we had
So long ago


I was walking away from
And looking ahead
I’m into the curve now
And deep in the tread
And looking behind me
I can’t see you there
I’ll choose to remember
The good that we had

[Chorus] 2x

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