Story Behind The Song

Lowlands is the second song on the Roots EP and it represents a time when I returned home to where I was born before starting a new life far away. I picked up an original vinyl copy of the It'll Shine When It Shines album by the Ozark Mountain Daredevils. My uncle has played with the band for twenty years, yet I didn't own any of their records. I became obsessed with this particular song and the poetry of the lyrics. The song spoke to me because it seems to be about overcoming fear despite great hardships.

Song Description

Lowlands was originally recorded by Glen Johns for the Ozark Mountain Daredevils 1974 album titled "It'll Shine When It Shines." John Dillon's poetic songwriting depicts a cultural view of life in the Ozarks, overcoming fear, accepting life's hardships, and observing the beauty that surrounds the Lowlands.

Song Length 3:52 Genre Folk - Americana, Country - Traditional
Tempo Slow (71 - 90) Lead Vocal Female Vocal
Mood Peaceful, Welcoming Subject Healing, Existence
Similar Artists Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Alison Krauss Language English
Era 1970 - 1979


I heard a song that was taught to a baby
And it made the mountain sing
I knew a gift that was given to my lady
It was hidden in a dream
And there's a light in the lowlands
And a river that runs so clean
I'm a poor man feelin' lazy
And the lowlands are callin' my name
I knew a man who said he was a stranger
'Cause his heart he could not trust
I knew a man who could not face the dangers
Even though he knew he must
And it's hard in the lowlands
And the grasses will turn to rust
But the sun is a fountain
Flowing through the lowland's dust

Lyrics John Dillon Music John Dillon, Troye Kinnett, Amy Elizabeth Laemmli
Producer Troye Kinnett Publisher Irving Music, Universal Records
Performance Acoustic Guitar: David Painter, Dobro/Dulcimer: Michael Clark, Violins: Jimmy Ryser, Keyboards: Troye Kinnett Label Independent Artist
This track is on 4 Member Playlists
Playlist Creator Playlist Name Date Added
Hank Thomas Heaven & Earth 4/1/2020
Hank Thomas My Top Songs 4/1/2020
Hank Thomas 6-Pack Favorites 4/1/2020
Ionut Mirel Udrea My Top Songs 9/20/2019

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