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Border Blaster

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I left in the dead of the new moon's veil
I clung to the side of the camouflaged trail
I was over the river before the sky was awake

I kept my ear pressed to the transistor radio
This station was all I had left from my little home
I don't want to leave but this sorrow was all I could take

    A static-y voice through the crackling speaker
    Has followed me all the way here
    The longer I go, we both will get weaker
    Till one of us just disappears
    I don't want to go but my duty is stronger than fear

I worked 20 years without nothing to show
So I left behind everything that I've known
In the hope that my family won't need to go hungry again

They stopped me the last time I tried this migration
I'm the overflow man in this melting pot nation
But the only thing here in this desert is a northerly wind

    I'm not really sure where the oxygen's going
    But it followed me all the way here
    The line on the map didn't stop it from blowing
    It's free, and that one thing is clear

    I don't want to go but my duty is stronger than fear

        And the sun, it doesn't care
        If it's here, or if it's over there
        It just passes through the stratosphere
        Until it goes away

I once watched a sparrow fly south for the winter
Her feathers were thin, and her body was thinner
But we had enough there to feed her until she was well

The seasons are cycles, they go back and forth
One day it's south and the next it is north
The just need a little relief till the snow starts to melt

    Today she's returning to look for her nest
    And she's followed me all the way here
    With nothing to hold but the meat on her breast
    And the promise of one more year

    The radio man is still playing his songs
    But the signal is not quite as clear
    I'd rather be back at the place I belong
    But my family is needing me here

    I don't want to go but my duty is stronger than fear
    I don't want to go but my duty is stronger than fear


Tuning: Standard, with full capo on the 2nd fret, and a capo on the 4th fret
 on all the strings except the low E

This is a little hard to tab out because of the partial capo, but a "0" on 
the low E string would mean open, and everything else would be capo-adjusted 
to the highest capo. 


000232   x0222x-0x223x   3x003x   0x222x   000232   xxxx75
000232   x0222x-0x223x   3x003x   0x222x   x2403x

3x003x   x0222x   000232   3x023x
3x003x   x0222x   000232   3x023x
x2403x   x0222x

x2403x   3x003x   000232 000233 000235    x0222x

Played LiveFull Statistics

Played at 2 out of 5 shows since introduction (40%)
Played at 2 out of 4 non-open mic shows since introduction (50%)
There have been 3 show(s) since the last play.


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  Discussion: Border Blaster

Annick (anon) · 6 years, 6 months ago
Beautiful song (and really true). Thank you Josh !
Kcorb (anon) · 6 years, 6 months ago
Sean (anon) · 5 years, 10 months ago
Beautiful... great performance Josh.
Sebastiaan ter Burg (anon) · 5 years, 6 months ago

Hi Josh, thank you very much for your music! I've used the instrumental version of this song for a video, you can see it here (It's completely in Dutch, let me know if you'd like a translation of it):

Een korte compilatievideo van verschillende activiteiten waarbij de VIPbus op zoek is gegaan naar de verbinding tussen de stad en het platteland. Verslagen van de verschillende activiteiten zijn hier te lezen:


Deze activiteiten vonden plaats in opdracht van de gemeente Montfoort, gemeente Lopik en De Utrechtse Waarden.

Muziek: Josh Woodward - Border Blaster, Breadcrumbs
Gebruikt onder een Creative Commons BY licentie

Jenny (anon) · 5 years, 4 months ago
Josh, Thanks for sharing this beautiful music with the world. This song reminds me of the Great Depression. What were you thinking of when you wrote it?
Josh Woodward Back · 5 years, 4 months ago

Hey Jenny! Thanks so much. This song was written about an illegal immigrant making his way through the desert from Mexico. I guess it's set in the new Great Depression. :)

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