Tales From the Homestead

Young Danny Lee is the 4th track on Tallsome Tales by The Carnivaleros.

Björgvin Benediktsson interviews songwriter Gary Mackender and mixing/mastering engineer Karl Hoffmann about the inspirations behind the song and how it came to be.

Young Danny lived at the edge of town

Only fifteen years was he

While lending a hand to his father Jack

Climbed up the roof to see

Time Stood still as if transfixed

By the knife of memory

In a room below Jack raised his gun

And shot young Danny Lee

O, he shot young Danny Lee

A cold wind on the prairie

The day young Danny died

The small Kansas town was turned upside down

For he was his father's pride

O, he was his father's pride

Old Annie Danny's mother

Healed animals by trade

His father Jack a stoic man

Had nothing much to say

His brother and two sisters

Too young to understand

Moved on through life not knowing

What Danny might've been

What Danny might've been

On the edge of that small Kansas town

Tucked back all dark and gray

The husk of their house still remains

As if they walked away

The furnishings all smell of mold

Their clothes in disarray

Dead vines all scattered 'cross the roof

Where Danny Lee did lay

Where Danny Lee did lay

A cold wind on the prairie

The day young Danny died

The small Kansas town was turned upside down

For he was his father's pride

O, he was his father's pride

Gary Mackender - drums, accordion

Catherine Zavala - vocals

Karl Hoffmann - bass

Joe Fanning - acoustic guitar, mandolin

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