I Was Once Your Mountain Man

from by David Nigel Lloyd

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In 1974, I entered a funnier version of the song in the Great American Song Festival. The winner was Richard Rosing who used the prize money to build the recording studio where I would record much of An Age of Fable, my second album.



I kicked my tattered climbing boots
across the cabin floor.
My feet are bruised and blistered, Lord.
I just can’t climb no more.
The moonlight streaks across the snow
and strokes my weary head.
A rifle rack upon the wall,
I might as well be dead.

New York was not my type o’ town.
I worked my way back west
and got a job with Taco Bell
back in Los Angeles.
Every night I dreamed of you
up in our mountain home.
Just one room and the summer stars
The greatest love I’ve known

Why have you forsaken me?
How could you forget
that I was once your mountain man?
I ain’t forgotten yet.
I ain’t forgotten.

A keening wind around me
A station long ago
A summer of the passion
A flower beneath the snow
Now I see you driving down
that long road to LA.
Your windshield wipers wiping
all eternity away.

words and music: David Nigel Lloyd


from Dark Ages —remastered 2nd edition, released August 17, 1984
Bruce Meadows: pedal steel guitar.
Pat Meehan: drums.
John Bugbee: bass.
DNL: guitars, vocals.



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David Nigel Lloyd Yreka, California

David Nigel Lloyd emerged from LA’s new wave scene with the acoustic Dark Ages in 1984. An Age of Fable added traditional songs to the DNL mix in 1987. Death in Los Fumos [1996] blended song poetry, skits and found sound while How Like Ghosts Are We [1998] returned to traditional music. Rivers, Kings and Curses featured blues legend Nat Dove and the Incredible String Band’s Robin Williamson. ... more

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