Six Feet Deep

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Six Feet Deep

1. Native prairie, the soil thrived
Way, way back before the plows arrived
It was six feet deep.
Can you imagine it was six feet deep? [Serious black!]
Once upon a time, the soil was six feet deep.

2. It was species rich, like a hundred-fold
Their roots all tangled in the midnight gold
It was six feet deep. Can you imagine it was six feet deep? [Serious black!]
All that life, standing on six feet deep.

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3. Then came my people. Tell me how
The big fat loam’s gotten skinny now.
It was six feet deep. Can you imagine it was six feet deep? [Serious black!]
How on earth could did we squander that six feet deep?

4. City folks, you got to pay your mind
If the soil dies, you’re going right behind
Talking six feet deep. Can you imagine it — six feet deep? [Serious black]
Everybody’s got a stake in that six feet deep.

5. It’s no joke, it’s no jive
People need a vision to stay alive
How ’bout six feet deep? Could we regenerate six feet deep? [Serious black]
We’ve got a vision — We call it six feet deep.
We’ve got a vision — We call it six feet deep.
We’ve got a vision — We call it six feet deep.


Words and music by Bret Hesla. Written on commission for Land Stewardship Project
© 2020 Bret Hesla. All rights reserved. Use with permission, please. 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 — drums
Tim Gustafson — lead guitar, group vocals
Rebekah Fergus — harmony vocals
Jeff Bower — tuba
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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