This one's a little different, folks. We're going back down the family way, but not in any cosy sense. It reaches across the generations - the links and the departures. Without any further ado, I bring you John Prine, with Rachel Peer-Prine doing harmony vocals. The song - 'Unwed Fathers':
In an Appalachian Greyhound station[The Momma 'n' Daddy Archive, containing all the details of this enthralling series, is here.]
She sits there waitin' in a family way
"Goodbye brother, tell Mom I love her
Tell all the others I'll write someday"
From a teenage lover to an unwed mother
Kept undercover like some bad dream
While unwed fathers, they can't be bothered
They run like water through a mountain stream
In a cold and grey town, a nurse say's "Lay down
This ain't no playground, this ain't home"
Someone's children out having children
In a grey stone building, all alone
On a somewhere else bound Smokey Mountain Greyhound
She bows her head down, hummin' lullabies
"Your daddy never meant to hurt you ever
He just don't live here, but you got his eyes'