The Bones of Edgar Wylie

from by The Broken Boats Band

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This song is about Edgar Wylie of Read Island, BC. His portrait is used on the cover of this album. For more info, read 'Tidal Passages" by Jeanette Taylor.


They'll bury you in a place that's hard to find
No crosses mark the grave, just bullet holes in mine
The thought of brighter days are gone with dying times
The earth and stone contain my bones and here is where I lie

Oh, that earth and stone

It's isolation and skipping trains that brought me to this place
This ain't no North Dakota country side, it's rocks and trees and rain
I tell you about a hundred years ago I was cutting and running shine
There's no judge, no jury, no trial or god that can take away what I find

Oh, that earth and stone

So long child, save your sorrow
For a good man whose name you'd like to borrow
This ain't no good reason for wasting happy eyes
Just find that earth and stone if you need a place to hide

Oh, that earth and stone

I'm asking you to bury me with my rifle by my side
Pay away my debts, wipe my name from this island
I'll fake my way up, if the gates are open wide
There's no earth or stone to hold my sins I lived in this life

Oh, that earth and stone


from The Broken Boats Band, released May 18, 2012
features Sarah Bromilow on harmony vocals



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As relative newcomers to the city’s music scene, The Broken Boats Band produces a unique, but natural mix of Americana, Country and Folk music. It’s the kind of music that mixes perfectly amongst the sound of friends laughing, drinks pouring and feet stomping in your smokey living room or on your front porch. ... more

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