Not In Vain

from by Damond Moodie



For my Pops (Fredrick Moodie)


My old man, working for the man, 1978, Cleveland
Rise before the sun, to make his face clean
Oh how he hated to shave, didn’t wanna be no razor burn slave
But a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do

So my beard grows on, November to February long
I do it, because he did not have the choice
My Daddy played the game, so I did not have to do the very same
And I salute you; your sacrifice was not in vain

My old man, proud of his skin; not counterculture, but didn’t like to bend
Took his son, to see what Daddy does
I noticed several pale-faced men,
with thick black beards hanging off their chins
And when I asked him, all my daddy could do was shrug


Alternate rules he had to learn
But my old man, didn’t complain
Burning hair from his face, was just another hoop for him
I recall his deep resolve,
Swallowed hard to keep that job
Small surrender for the good of his family

Said I salute you; your sacrifice was not in vain
I salute you; your sacrifice
was not in
Va-a-ain, No-o-o-o-ot in vain


from Not In Vain, released July 18, 2014
Acoustic guitar, all voices, tambourine - Damond



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Damond Moodie Oakland, California

Based in Oakland, CA, Damond Moodie writes, records and performs soulful folk songs for the Bay Area wide. Armed with a funky percussive acoustic guitar and a clear, big sky voice over the urban cityscape, his intention is to sing passionate stories of depth and grace, to you. ... more

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