pics of the unmarked graves and the chestnut fence that once stood tall around them




This song was influenced by a hike I did recently in the Shenandoah National Park, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I hopped off the main hiking trail to explore and find the ruins of the old mountaineers long since gone. Scanning the ground before me I came across many stones half buried in the gound, spread out in a line. I recognized immediately that they were graves from days of old. Months later, I kept thinking about those unmarked graves and how sad it is, since the Federal Gov't forced these mountain people from their homes in the 1930's to make way for the National Park, that no one in this era knows who is buried in those many graves. It's a sad ending. There may be nothing left to remember someone's life, not even a marked grave.


Unmarked Graves

Copyright Registered with the Library of Congress as: Delbridge Lyrics Volume 1, September, 2010
© 2010 J. Andy Delbridge

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I often hike the unbeaten path
To search for signs of yesterday
Treasures of life from the past
Still sitting where they were laid

I saw several stones placed in a row
Undisturbed for years in the forest shade
A chestnut fence fallen years ago
Used to stand tall ‘round the unmarked graves

Chorus:
The stones show where the people lay
Names unknown in the present day
Simple memorials for a few to praise
Anonymous beds of unmarked graves

The winds of time has had its way
Blowing their history into decay
A cabin site the forest reclaimed
All that remains near the unmarked graves

There were few tombstones in those days
The family knew who was buried where
Any descendants long gone away
Their stories vanished with no fanfare


The stones show where the people lay
Names unknown in the present day
Simple memorials for a few to praise
Anonymous beds of unmarked graves

The setting sun will one day fade
Somewhere beyond the western shore
Sending our history into decay
Only to rise again no more

That day when mother Earth will die
She'll take away the comfort she gave
This nameless rock will timelessly fly
It will be our common unmarked grave


This rock will show where we all lay
Perhaps we'll see it from far away
Our memorial in a future day
It will become our unmarked grave

234 1/30/11




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