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Out Where The West Begins

from Best Loved Poems Of The American People by Canyon Kids

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Our version of a poem by Arthur Chapman first published in 1917.


Out where the sun is a little brighter,
Where the snows that fall are a trifle whiter,
Where the bonds of home are a wee bit tighter,
That's where the West begins.
Out where the skies are a trifle bluer,
Out where the friendship's a little truer,
That's where the West begins;
Out where a fresher breeze is blowing,
Where there's laughter in every streamlet flowing,
Where there's more of reaping and less of sowing,
That's where the West begins.
Out where the world is in the making,
Where fewer hearts in despair are aching,
That's where the West begins.
Where there's more of singing and less of sighing,
Where there's more of giving and less of buying,
Where a man makes a friend without half trying,
That's where the West begins.

-Arthur Chapman


from Best Loved Poems Of The American People, track released August 8, 2015
Bo Elledge - Acoustic Guitar, Lead Vocal
Dustin Nichols - Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Harmony Vocals, Aux Percussion, & Engineering
John Wayne Harris Jr. - Drums
Adam Woolley - Bass
Matt Herron - Violin
Bobby Griffin - Trumpet
Wyatt Lowe - Lapsteel

Recorded at the Teton Artlab in Jackson, WY
Engineered by: Dustin Nichols
Mix and Production: Andrew Lappin (Brooklyn)
Mastering: Ryan Schwabe (Philadelphia)
Music written by: Bo Elledge and Dustin Nichols
Lyrics by: Arthur Chapman


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Forged on the banks of the Snake River, with an unwavering love of the American West, Canyon Kids are students of Americana, rock, and folk, but also pioneers of something entirely new.

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