Dead Dirt’s Coming Back

Dead Dirt’s Coming Back

Photo: Land Stewardship Project

1. My dead dirt’s come alive, just look and see
And I bet you wonder how that came to be
My friends and I got tired of farming like we’re hired
By someone with whom we don’t quite agree.

2. My friends and I we’ve set aside the plow
And most folks when they hear that they’re like, “Wow!”
We try not to disturb the living mother earth
We’re working with, not fighting nature now.

Yeah, we’ve got new ways to do things
And here’s the part that makes you want to smile
All the dead dirt’s coming back, the dead dirt’s coming back,
The dead dirt’s coming back to living soil.

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3. My friends and I put grazing stock in play
And we move our fences several times a day
When the neighbors pasture’s chewed and brown
They see ours green and tall
And they can’t believe we’re running cows at all (Ch.)

4. There comes a time in every person’s life
What we value most, and what we do don’t jive
As the years erode away their fading voices say
If you meant to take a risk, well your time has arrived! (Ch.)

Words and music by Bret Hesla. Written on commission for Land Stewardship Project
© 2020 Bret Hesla. All rights reserved. Use with permission, please.
Recording Credits:
Bret Hesla & Six Feet Deep
Bret Hesla — lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Dan Chouinard — piano
Dave Michel — bass, vocals
Steve Kimball — drums
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 a series of songs written on commission for the Land Stewardship Project. 

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