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Prince Of The Apple Towns

from Still The Birds (2016) by Darryl Purpose

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A tribute to Dylan Thomas

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Prince of the Apple Towns
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Over songs of saints and martyrs / From Swansea to Crymlyn Bog
He’s been alive one thousand years / With eyes of sea and fog
Down the green and golden pathways / Among horses and cows
A huntsman and a herdsman / Under the apple boughs

CHORUS: In our songs of salt and barley / In our temporary crowns
In the sun that’s young once only, Prince...
...of the Apple Towns He was the Prince of the Apple Towns

Famous among the foxes / With songs carved out of soap
Where the children of the harvest / And the spellbound horses lope
In the shadows of the Mumbles / He ran his heedless ways
Tipsy from salvation’s bottle / Onto the fields of praise

CHORUS: In our songs of salt and barley / In our temporary crowns
In the sun that’s young once only, Prince...
...of the Apple Towns He was the Prince of the Apple Towns

BRIDGE:
In a song of New York City in winter windfall light
At the old White Horse Tavern, he sang the sun in flight
A boy as mad as birds after the birth of simple light
In his cups and all alone, Into that good night

Where his heart is still a bird’s nest / In a three-piece suit of spades
And the moon is always rising / Over hummingbird parades
And Swansea bells keep ringing / Unbound by gravity
In his chains forever singing / Like the sea

CHORUS: In our songs of salt and barley / In our temporary crowns
In the sun that’s young once only, Prince...
...of the Apple Towns He was the Prince of the Apple Towns

Prince...
...of the Apple Towns He was the Prince of the Apple Towns

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from Still The Birds (2016), released May 6, 2016
Acoustic bass - Roscoe Beck (Leonard Cohen)
Drums and percussion - Eric Darken (Jimmy buffet)
Electric Guitar - Daran DeShazo
Keyboard, accordian - Joel Guzman (Paul Simon)
Gut string guitar, Electric guitar - Billy Crockett
Cameo vocal - Matt Nakoa
Yeomen - Matt Nakoa, Jake Wallace, Maxwell Carney

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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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