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Abraham in this song is loosely based on my father, who I find to be a more and more intriguing character as I grow older.

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A Crooked Road
By Becca Bessinger ©2014

VERSE 1
My father’s cousin, Abraham, left home at sixteen
Left that wooden shack with the front porch sagging and leaning
Left his mama to rock her chair all day with a head full of demons
He learned one thing about life there – it’s silent or it’s screaming

He cried when he said goodbye
But he knew he had to go

CHORUS
Abraham walked away down a crooked road, a crooked road
All he had and all he knows is a heavy load and a crooked road

VERSE 2
Abraham made a family and I grew up with his daughters
As little girls we often saw him spread out on the floor with empty bottles
We never heard the voices that grew louder as he fought 'em
His wife was barely spared as the rocking chair hit the wall at full throttle

He cried when he said goodbye
But he knew he had to go

CHORUS
Abraham walked away down a crooked road, a crooked road
All he had and all he knows is a heavy load and a crooked road

BRIDGE
When his grandson came along he tried to get clean
Swore to be a better man than what his kids had seen
But he missed it all
Painted dreams, throwing ball
For the hug of alcohol

CHORUS
Abraham walked away down a crooked road, a crooked road
All he had and all he knows is a heavy load and a crooked road

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from The Kind of Thing That Gets Passed Down, released September 1, 2016

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Becca Bessinger Charleston, South Carolina

I write songs that I hope other artists will sing. But they also mean a lot to me! This EP is a 6-song collection of the ones that mean the most right now. I also perform locally sometimes as part of an original, cow-pop band called Satellite Rodeo and as part of an original duo called The Letter Show. This collection of recordings is my first solo record. Thanks for listening! ... more

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