Mercy on the Carolinas

by Chris LaVancher

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The rain won’t let up
And the river’s gonna rise
Won’t be long before it spills its banks
The water’s gonna come for us
Like a wave on judgement day
Pick us up and carry us away

Thunder rattles these windows
And the lightning lights the way.
The generator’s given up the ghost.
The first floor has been emptied
Of anything of worth before the
Water comes and swallows up the earth

Chorus:
The old Tar River rises
To God I’m makin’ compromises
Mercy on the Carolinas
Have mercy on us

It’s gonna be a week at least
Before the river crests
The water’s already at the door
They’re tellin’ us we ought to leave
Aint safe here anymore but with
Faith and resolve we will endure

Chorus:
The old Tar River rises
To God I’m makin’ compromises
Mercy on the Carolinas
Have mercy on us

(instr break)

The water rose up faster
Than I ever thought it could
Took an axe and busted through the roof
Now we’re waiting on the rooftop
For a rescue from above
Waiting like Noah for his dove

The old Tar River rises
To God I’m makin’ compromises
Mercy on the Carolinas
Have mercy on us
God have mercy on us

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released April 30, 2019
Chris LaVancher - vocal & nylon string guitar
Doug Kwartler - Hammond organ, dobro, mandolin, bass

Produced and Engineered by Doug Kwartler

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Chris LaVancher Boston, Massachusetts

“LaVancher writes songs that tell stories of love among the ruins. His characters may not be from the highest rungs of society, but their feelings come through loud and clear.” – Darius Rips

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