The Kind of Thing That Gets Passed Down

from by Becca Bessinger

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This song was inspired by my intrigue with roots, family, genes, and southern culture. It's set in a little town that looks to me like the one my father grew up in and I visited a good bit when I was young.
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VERSE 1
Must have been half the town lined along the creek
The preacher dunked the baby and Momma kissed her cheek
Christened her one of us, the strong and the proud
That’s the kind of thing that gets passed down

VERSE 2
Neighbors hung and shook their heads as little Janie grew
She’d kick back by the barrel with the boys drinking booze
Momma warned “That bottle put your daddy in the ground”
And that’s the kind of thing that gets passed down

BRIDGE
And don’t she have Daddy’s eyes?
Dark shiny opals full of pride
Does her best by God to stay clean
But don’t she got the trouble gene

VERSE 3
Mama kept the doors locked and kept the gun unpinned
But damn if that boy didn’t sneak and find a way in
Nine months later Janie borrowed Grandma's Christening gown
And that’s the kind of thing that gets passed down

BRIDGE
And don’t she have Daddy’s eyes?
Dark shiny opals full of pride
Does her best by God to stay clean
But don’t she got the trouble gene

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Must have been half the town lined along the creek
The preacher dunked the baby and Momma kissed his cheek
And that's the kind of thing that gets passed down

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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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