Hills of Dover

music © Margaret MacArthur; lyrics © John Nutting, Other Music, Harry Fox Agency

        Margaret made the tune for John Nutting's sad commentary on life past and present in Vermont. She said John was watching a fellow try to mow a rock-strewn hillside with a tractor when he got the idea for the poem. (GB)

Up here the land turns hard, life gets boney
The way from Litchburg to Barton is humped up and stony
There's no straight line laid out for a man
His way gets back by mountains again and again

    You got to back way up, you got to start all over
    To make ends meet on the Hills of Dover
    You got to back way up, you got to start all over
    To make ends meet on the Hills of Dover

Well we stood it good when the spring meant sugaer and the fall meant wood
We made our way in the winter with logging and the summer with hay
Many good men went up that road til got too steep for the heavy load
They turned out from Rupert and Bondville and Belividere to clear another passage for the coming year.

Well we kept on hewin' the land without a team in the trace, without an axe in the hand
We bulldozed skin runs all over these hills and draglined ponds where there aren't no mills
Sugarbush, Killington, Magic Mountain, Chalet Village, and the Friendship Fountain
These are the new crops to nourish our bones
Til they get laid out straight among these stones.

Hills of Dover is recorded the CD Gordon Bok and Bob Zentz - Together Again for the First Time