Down In The Valley
The Head and the Heart Lyrics


I wish I was a slave to an age-old trade
Like ridin' around on railcars and workin' long days

Lord have mercy on my rough and rowdy ways
Lord have mercy on my rough and rowdy ways

Call it one drink too many
Call it pride of a man
But it don't make no difference if you sit or you stand
'Cause they both end in trouble and start with a grin
Yeah they both end in trouble and start with a grin

We do it over and over and over again
We do it over and over and over again

Oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh

Oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh

Oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh

I know there's California, Oklahoma
And all of the places I ain't ever been to but
Down in the valley with whiskey rivers
These are the places you will find me hidin'
These are the places I will always go
These are the places I will always go

I am on my way
I am on my way
I am on my way back to where I started

Oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh

Oh-oh (One more for the stars and the eyes of the walls)
Oh-oh-oh-oh (I hear your name)
Oh-oh

I saw your face in the crowd and you came out
You saw me walkin'
You got a sign on the door and it reads to me
Just like the grass and the sun and the water

Oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh

Oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh
Oh-oh

I am on my way
I am on my way
I am on my way back to where I started

California, Oklahoma
And all of the places I ain't ever been to
Down in the valley with whiskey rivers
These are the places you will find me hidin'
These are the places I will always go
These are the places I will always go

So I wish I was a slave to an age-old trade
Lord have mercy on my rough and rowdy ways

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Jonathan Russell, Tyler Williams, Kenny Hensley, Charity Thielen, Josiah Johnson, Chris Zasche

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May numpetch

I wish I was a slave to an age-old trade
Like ridin' around on railcars and workin' long days
Lord have mercy on my rough and rowdy ways
Lord have mercy on my rough and rowdy ways
Call it one drink too many
Call it pride of a man
But it don't make no difference if you sit or you stand
'Cause they both end in trouble and start with a grin
Yeah they both end in trouble and start with a grin
We do it over and over and over again
We do it over and over and over again
Oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh
Oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh
Oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh
I know there's California, Oklahoma
And all of the places I ain't ever been to but
Down in the valley with whiskey rivers
These are the places you will find me hidin'
These are the places I will always go
These are the places I will always go
I am on my way
I am on my way
I am on my way back to where I started
Oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh
Oh-oh (One more for the stars and the eyes of the walls)
Oh-oh-oh-oh (I hear your name)
Oh-oh
I saw your face in the crowd and you came out
You saw me walkin'
You got a sign on the door and it reads to me
Just like the grass and the sun and the water
Oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh
Oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh
Oh-oh
I am on my way
I am on my way
I am on my way back to where I started
California, Oklahoma
And all of the places I ain't ever been to
Down in the valley with whiskey rivers
These are the places you will find me hidin'
These are the places I will always go
These are the places I will always go
So I wish I was a slave to an age-old trade
Lord have mercy on my rough and rowdy ways



Alessia B.

I wish I was a slave to an age-old trade
Like ridin' around on railcars and workin' long days

Lord have mercy on my rough and rowdy ways
Lord have mercy on my rough and rowdy ways

Call it one drink too many
Call it pride of a man
But it don't make no difference if you sit or you stand

'Cause they both end in trouble and start with a grin
Yeah they both end in trouble and start with a grin

We do it over and over and over again
We do it over and over and over again

Oh-oh
Oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh

Oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh

Oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh

I know there's California, Oklahoma
And all of the places I ain't ever been to but
Down in the valley with
Whiskey rivers
These are the places you will find me hidin'
These are the places I will always go
These are the places I will always go

I am on my way
I am on my way
I am on my way back to where I started

Oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh

Oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh
[Continue in background]

One more for the stars and their eyes in the walls
I hail your face and then I saw you standing out

I saw your face in the crowd and you came out
You saw me crossing the valley and you came in

Look at the sign on the door and it reads to me
Just like the grass and the sign when you walked in

Oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh

Oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh

I am on my way
I am on my way
I am on my way back to where I started

California, Oklahoma
And all of the places I ain't ever been to but
Down in the valley with
Whiskey rivers
These are the places you will find me hidin'
These are the places I will always go
These are the places I will always go

So I wish I was a slave to an age-old trade
Lord have mercy on my rough and rowdy ways



All comments from YouTube:

benmoser11

My friend Drew actually showed me this song. I hate to burden anyone with sadness, but I just got back from his funeral. He was 20.
Drew literally always had a bright smile. He introduced himself to everyone, he was really friendly, and he made everyone feel welcomed. He was extremely lively and free-spirited.
Every time I hear this song now, I think of the picture Drew posted to his Facebook. It's a picture of him in his hammock next to a waterfall at the lake. His favourite hangout spot. The picture describes him perfectly.

Mahamat Mahamat Abdoulaye

Sorry. May his soul rest in peace

D C

May Drew fly on forever.

S.J.

Drew had good taste- may he rest well

M

@Noah Jessop 🤍

M

Sorry for your lost💔

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William Hyde

LOVES THIS SONG! Great music video too!

Alex Kraemer

I'm originally from a small farming town in the Willamette Valley, and this song speaks so deeply to me. Almost lyric-for-lyric it matches my experience of being away from home.

I'm the first person in my family to go to college, but being away from them and away from my community I've come to feel that I made a mistake all those years ago when I decided to leave behind a way of life my family has maintained for over a century now. We came to the Valley so long ago, and we haven't left. I grew up five minutes from the homestead my ancestors came to near the end of the 19th century. I know the back-breaking nature of farm work, having done it all my life, and I can't help but feel that there's more honesty and dignity to that than sitting at a desk and writing yet another essay of minimal import. Being a slave to an age-old trade is not such a bad fate, not really, not if it means a sense of fulfillment at the end of one's day and days.

I'm living in the UK right now, and everyone tells me that I ought to embrace traveling, embrace seeing the world, but, as the song says, there might be all these places I've never been to, but its home, only home, that I can think about. I want to go back down in the Valley, back to where I started. That's where I want to be hiding for the rest of my life.

Sickening

This is so beautiful. Stay blessed.

christian valchev

I also moved to the UK recently forced by my parents to go to a ''better'' college, now doing nothing all day just wondering what all my mates and girlfriend are doing all day... :/

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