Ballad for a Friend

from Ofrenda by Frank Cruz and the New Deal

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Sad I’m a-sittin’ on the railroad track
Watchin’ that old smokestack
Train is a-leavin’ but it won’t be back

Years ago we hung around
Watchin’ trains roll through the town
Now that train is a-graveyard bound

Where we go up in that North Country
Lakes and streams and mines so free
I had no better friend than he

Something happened to him that day
I thought I heard a stranger say
I hung my head and stole away

A diesel truck was rollin’ slow
Pullin’ down a heavy load
It left him on a Utah road

They carried him back to his home town
His mother cried, his sister moaned
Listenin’ to them church bells tone

words & music by Bob Dylan
Copyright © 1962, 1965 MCA, Renewed 1990, 1993 Songs of Universal, Inc. (BMI). All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Frank Cruz - vocals, acoustic guitar
Chris Dixon - acoustic slide guitar

Produced by Robbie Kimzey, Chris Dixon, and Frank Cruz
Engineered by Robbie Kimzey at home in Oakland, CA
Mixed by Willie Samuels at Studio Trilogy in San Francisco, CA


from Ofrenda, released November 1, 2014


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Frank Cruz and the New Deal Oakland, California

Frank Cruz & the New Deal are Frank, Chris, Wes, and Ari. An indie folk rock band from Oakland, CA.

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