A Little Better


A Little Better

Photo: Land Stewardship Project

1. When I get old I’ll leave this place
When I get old I’ll leave this place
When I get old I’ll leave this place
Pass it on to a younger face
I’m gonna leave this land a little better
For the next who comes along.

2. I rarely turn the soil these days
I rarely turn the soil these days
I rarely turn the soil these days
I’ve been trying out different ways
I’m gonna leave this land a little better
For the next who comes along.

3. Ran out to watch a storm last spring (3x)
I saw a three-inch rain soak in
I’m gonna leave this land a little better
For the next who comes along.

Land Stewardship Project website

Land Stewardship Project website

4. You smell that ground you know it’s right (3x)
Someone’s future’s looking bright
I’m gonna leave this land a little better
For the next who comes along.

5. They drank from this crick when Dad was young (3x)
My grandchildren will again
I’m gonna leave this land a little better
For the next who comes along.


Words and music by Bret Hesla. Written on commission for Land Stewardship Project
© 2020 Bret Hesla. All rights reserved. Contact: Bret.hesla@gmail.com.
Recording Credits: Bret Hesla & Six Feet Deep
Bret Hesla — lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Dan Chouinard — piano
Dave Michel — bass, vocals
Steve Kimball — percussion
Tim Gustafson — lead guitar, group vocals
Rebekah Fergus — harmony vocals
Robin Nelson, – group vocals
Betty Tisel — group vocals
Jane Dunlap — group vocals
Brooks Cavin — group vocals
Larry Dittberner — group vocals
Recording Engineer, Dave Michel
Recorded at Orchard House, Minneapolis, Minnesota

This song is part of the series Six Feet Deep, a collection of six songs written on commission for the Land Stewardship Project.  The songs reflect the words, hopes, dreams and practices of farmers who are using the practices of regenerative agriculture.

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