The Mountains and the Music

Hank and Claire
Hank Payne


West Virginia was Hank’s home state until his folks made the move north to provide a better life for the family. The music that felt like home to Hank was left behind, and he’s never forgotten it. Matt Sircely adds a little mountain-style mandolin.


I was born in West Virginia and when I was a child 

I heard the banjo ringin' and the fiddle playin' wild 

The mountains rolled like waves beneath an ocean full of trees 

And the music and the mountains carried far as you could see 

Why did you leave the mountains and the music behind 

I was just a lad but it still plays on my mind  

Dearest Mamma, Papa I don't mean to be unkind 

But why did you leave the mountains and the music behind?


My parents they both grew up in the hollers and the hills

Wanted better for their children than the coal mines and the mills

They moved to northern cities where buildings block the skies

And the music on the radio was just a distant cry



My sister she is older but she feels the same as me

Now she pieces quilts to keep alive the memory

Me, I play this old guitar to rest a weary mind 

And dream about the mountains and the music left behind.


-copyright Hank Payne

Find Us

YouTube -- Spotify -- Facebook -- CD Baby --

Catch Us Soon

  • 02/22/2020
    Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship - Bremerton, WA
  • 03/07/2020
    Forks, WA House Concert - Forks, WA
  • 03/14/2020
    Seabold Second Saturday - Bainbridge Island, WA
  • 03/28/2020
    Kitsap Regional Library-Bainbridge Island - Bainbridge Island, WA
  • 04/05/2020
    Unity of North Kitsap - Poulsbo, WA

Join e-mail list!

Occasional musical news from us.

Book Us


Take a listen! Lots more on MUSIC page