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Hey Ya'll

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This is a type of song I’ve been wanting to write a very long time. Something with a groove, a guitar hook, and not too heavy-handed social comment. I’ve tried and abandoned writing something like this a few times in the past – just never found the right vibe. “Hey Ya’ll” was the last song written for the record. It came from a rather calculated place of wanting something mid-tempo & electric. The riff came first then I got to murmuring the two-syllable bit that became ‘Hey Ya’ll.’ The lyrics came quickly once I wrapped my head around the idea. It’s simple and repetitive but that’s a good thing, right? And it gets a point across in a way that ain’t too preachy. My late father was from western North Carolina, way down in the Smoky Mountains. “Hey Ya’ll” is me imagining a conversation with folks in that town and many others like it across the South.

Hey ya’ll … whatcha done done?

There’s gotta be more to this than God and guns

Hey ya’ll … you bought the line

While you sit there denyin’ boy the creek’s gonna rise

 

Hey ya’ll you’ve seen what’s going down

Can’t make no bones about it now…

 

Hey ya’ll … ain’t no reprieve

Better watch out for what ya don’t believe

Hey ya’ll … on the porch swing

If you wanna fly you’re gonna need both wings

 

Hey ya’ll you’ve seen what’s going down

Can’t make no bones about it now…

 

Hey ya’ll … how ‘bout instead

Of looking to the past you look up ahead

Hey ya’ll … if we reconcile

Maybe we could sit and swing awhile

Maybe we could sit and swing awhile

 

Hey ya’ll (x4)