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Single: Romey Tye Frost
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Will This Town Survive?
Released: Mar 18, 2014
Label: Mark Fielding Darden
Track Listing
1 Romey Tye Frost

Liner Notes

This song was not about Panama but it could have been. It is about one of the Outer Bank islands off the coast of North Carolina, as told through the eyes of a now old man, looking back over his life. This is one of the songs included on the CD entitled "Will This Town Survive".


Romey Tye Frost


My name is Romey Tye Frost

I was born to the isle of Bogue Banks

I'm eighty years old, and I've seen it all

And I still don't know who to thank


I've eaten robin and loon

My yellow hammer pole is still tied by the shank

I've fished all my life, and outlived two wives

And I still don't know who to thank


So I'll thank the sound and the sea

I'll thank the crooked oak trees

I'll thank the wind, the salt, and the sand

And I'll thank the Lord for this land

I'll thank the Lord for this land


I was here when there weren't no road

No bridge from Morehead to lighten our load

We sailed with the wind to Beaufort and then

We rowed and rowed our boats home


Was a time when cattle roamed free

And in spring swam back to Broad Creek

When rice and timber washed up on the bank

We never knew who to thank

No we never knew who to thank


So I'll thank the sound and the sea

I'll thank the crooked oak trees

I'll thank the wind, the salt, and the sand

And I'll thank the Lord for this land

I'll thank the Lord for this land


© Fielding Darden, July 2003, Oxford, NC

Thanks to Milton Gore on lead guitar, Charles Smith on bass, Kristin Kanady on high soprano. I played and sang the rest. Also to Tony Frost and his friends who told me all the stories about growing up out there on that island. Thanks also to my old pal, Charlie Gustafson, who sent me this picture of himself, cleaning fish in Panama as a boy.