Root this Mountain Down (single)

by Jason Harrod

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A Holy Week/Easter song. I was picturing Jesus in the tomb imagining himself as the American folk hero John Henry, and echoing the sentiments of the narrator of the old folk song which says "I wish I was a mole in the ground. If I's a mole in the ground, I'd root this mountain down." I'm interested in all the associations between hammers and justice from Thor to Judah Maccabee to John Henry.

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I wish I was a mole down
Digging in the dirt
I would bring this mountain to its knees.

Or if i was John Henry fighting that machine
I’d swing my hammer round and make it ring.

But they got me locked up,
Took me from the scene
I got no breath to speak with
got no breath to sing.

I’m gonna rise up,
Break through walls of stone
Soon as i get breath back in my bones

I would root this mountain down
Let the light come streaming in
When i bring my hammer down
I will bring my children in

I heard a voice say wake up
A loving voice i know
Said pick up your bed and walk right out of here
I heard some rushing waters
Mighty thunder rolled
and the stone it rolled away and i was free and clear

I heard a voice say wake up
A loving voice I know
I heard some rushing waters
the mighty thunder rolled

I would root this mountain down
Breaking through walls of stone
When i bring my hammer down
I will bring my children home

You saw me on the road
You saw me on the sea
You touched my body in the upper room
Don’t you be afraid now
Yeah you know its me
I have to go but know i’ll be back soon

Come on children raise your head
Wipe the sleep out of my eyes
Get your hallelujahs out
Death is gone, it’s time to rise
Death is gone, it's time to rise

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released March 29, 2013
written by Jason Harrod
Jason Harrod: guitar, vocals, harmonica
Brian T. Murphy: piano

Recorded at Quarterrest Studios, Brooklyn NY

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Jason Harrod Brooklyn, New York

“What singer-songwriter Jason Harrod does best is turn daily moments numinous. Quite simply, Harrod’s imagination is for
this world; he finds deep secrets in ordinary places.” — Image Journal

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