“Where a Thousand Men Have Stood” – Nevin James & Friends


“Where a Thousand Men Have Stood”
Written by Nevin James
Lyrics/Credits posted below.

Nevin James – Piano, Harmonica, Vocals
Ethan Long – Electric Guitar
Samir Kouriri – Bass
Jeremy Delia – Drums
Tyler Varnell – Sax
Joseph Pecson – Keys, Synth
Michael Brinley – Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Greta Shepardson – Vocal Harmony
Colette Falla – Vocal Harmony
Samantha Behymer – Keys, Vocal, Clapping

Live Audio Recording by Bob Ludwig
Audio Mastered by: Aaron Burch (Rock & Roll High)

Filmed by: Kyle Helf, Jake Wagner, Tori Bunn

Edited by: Janelle Delia
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“Where a Thousand Men Have Stood”
copyright 2013 Nevin James

‘Livin’ down in mexico
Across the borderline,
Was a friend of those downtrodden,
I was an enemy of time.

Serenading criminals,
Singin’ for my bread,
Playin cards with prostitutes,
sleeping in another bed.

But always with an open eye,
And only when I could,
And I’ve stood on top of mountains
Where a thousand men have stood…

I got outta Mexico
On board a prison rail,
But I knew I couldn’t stop,
The Holy Ghost was on my trail.

Out west I met a pair of eyes,
She looked at me with trust.
Some say love can happen fast,
Others call it lust.

God made the world in seven days,
He saw that it was good.
And I’ve stood on top of mountains
Where a thousand men have stood.

I left California,
thought ‘d try my hand
At livin with an older woman
Born in Ireland.

My bedroom faced the hillside
Of a town called Evian.
Got a note under the table,
It said, ‘meet me in Milan’

Like a fool I took that train,
Took it on tracks of wood,
And I’ve stood on top of mountains
Where a thousand men have stood.

Stopped at a church in the Bario
When I passed through Santa Fe,
And if you think you plan on goin’ there,
They don’t get a lotta rain in May.

Slept in buildings older
Than my dear America.
Got stopped by the cops in Athens, Greece,
And I played my Harmonicas—Oh!

I could do it all again,
Still convinced I would,
And I’ve stood on top of mountains
Where a thousand men have stood…’

Special thanks:
Pepperdine University
Smothers Theater
C. Detweiler
K. Linehan
S. Cupp
A. Benton