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Single: The Women of Salter Path
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Will This Town Survive?
Released: Mar 20, 2014
Label: Mark Fielding Darden
Track Listing
1 The Women of Salter Path

Liner Notes

The Women of Salter Path


I have lived in a shack made of shipwrecks

I have warmed my home with driftwood

I have lived on this shore a hundred years

I'm the women of Salter Path


I have lost a husband while a preachin'

I have found a son to the sound

I have lost my man to my very best friend

But I'll be there when they lay them down


Hallelujah, I've been through a

A hard and tryin' life

I've raised your sons and your daughters too

I'm the women of Salter Path


I have seen the families a marryin'

I have pulled our children from the womb

I have carried the mail, I've mended the sail

I'm the women of Salter Path


Hallelujah, I've been through a

A hard and tryin' life

I've raised your sons and your daughters too

I'm the women of Salter Path


When the life of this isle has left us

And the children have gone with the tide

When the legend dies and the legacy is gone

We will still be women of pride


Hallelujah, we've been through a

A hard and tryin' life

We've raised your sons and your daughters too

We're the women of Salter path


There are times when we fight with each other

There are times when we love to hate

But this is our little town and strangers better not be found

Having anything mean to say


Hallelujah, we've been through a

A hard and tryin' life

We've raised your sons and your daughters too

We're the women of Salter Path


© 2005/ Fielding Darden/ Matti Darden/ Salter Path, NC

Thanks to Amy Millhouser who sang the lead. Taffy Baysden and Kristin Kanady who sang the other harmonies. Dwayne Salter on piano, Charles Smith on bass, and me on rhythm guitar. My daughter, Matti, helped me with some of the lyrical transitions and rhymes.

This song almost did not get written. I was done with the songs I had planned for the Salter Path CD (Will This Town Survive?) when this melody popped into my head one day at the beach. Here is the story as it appears in the book that came out with that album sometime around 2005:

From the booklet that accompanies the CD called "Will This Town Survive?"

It was a June evening in Salter Path 2005. My dock was still there and my pontoon boat was still in once piece. The wind was cool and tame. The sunset had just exploded for the last time and the sun had slipped over the horizon. My glass of wine was working well. I was done with the 12 songs I was going to record. I was waiting on Mark and Dale to arrive to record Will This Town Survive? when suddenly a melody just popped into my head.

Moments later, the phrase “I’m the woman from Salter Path” came to me as I was humming it. I saw a woman singing it, with others joining her as the song progressed. In my vision, I saw more and more women coming out onto the street to join the others in voice. They were marching up Shore Drive singing like there was no tomorrow, literally! It was an incredible idea!

I had to take a shower so I figured I’d write it down when I was done. Big mistake. While taking a shower, the Fiorini boys (the twins) next door put on the “Allman Brothers 2000 Best Hits” and my neat little song was gone.

I was very frustrated. I can’t read music, so even when I do write a song, it’s really not secure until it’s recorded because there is no melody line written down anywhere but in my head. The only assurance, short of recording it, is to write down the words and chords and play it enough times so that I can’t forget it (nor can my family who is worn out with it by that time).

Anyway, the night came and went and the song "Will This Town Survive" made it onto the recording machine just fine. The boys left and I got my guitar out and got real quiet and still. I actually prayed that God would give me the melody back again. What do you think he did?