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California (Rutherford Hayes In The Morning)

from A Crooked Line (2001) by Darryl Purpose

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written by Darryl Purpose and Paul Zollo

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He was a Union general, president til 1881
He was married to Lucy Webb, who had a heart as golden as the 
Sunlight on the curtain lace, revolution rings still in the steel
Reconstruction comes, the war is done, the wounds begin to heal

CHORUS:Rutherford Hayes in the morningIs sailing into San Francisco
It's the first time a president has ever come to California
Come to California

They called him the dark horse president, While Lucy was the belle of Washington
Her children rolling easter eggs, her lemonade as golden as the 
Sunset on the White House lawn, Sword and musket starts to rust
Once the reconstruction's done, The Civil War will settle with the dust

CHORUS:Rutherford Hayes in the morningIs sailing into San Francisco
It's the first time a president has ever come to California
Come to California

A president on a pilgrimage, with Chester Arthur and the holy ghost
To sail through the new canal, disembark on the California 
Coast into ma brave new century, Our history is told by word of mouth
He holds the first telephone, the Civil War still echoes in the south.

CHORUS:Rutherford Hayes in the morningIs sailing into San Francisco
It's the first time a president has ever come to California
Come to California

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from A Crooked Line (2001), released January 1, 2001
acoustic guitar & vocals: Darryl Purpose
background vocals & violin: Tracy Grammer
pedal steel: Dan Tyack

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Darryl Purpose Portland, Oregon

Darryl went to Las Vegas at 19 and became a professional blackjack player, which he still calls the 'only real job I've ever had'. He is a member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame.
Since 1996, he has toured extensively and released 8 albums of original music.
Darryl's last two albums spent weeks at #1 on the RMR radio charts. Next Time Around and Still The Birds
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