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Performer: Ricky Skaggs
Album: Soldier of the Cross (1999)
Words and music: Walt Wilkins & Naoise Sheridan

Seven Hillsides

All night I've wrestled Jacob's angel

And prayed with Matthew Luke and John

Struggling to find the words to face the task
                    G                 Am
that comes upon the blood red dawn

I've buried men before their time

of alcohol and blackened lung

But how to bury seven of these Appalachian miner's sons
Who stormed the beaches wave on wave,

And sailed home to these rocky graves
In family plots that bear their names,

C         G            Dm    Am
Tomorrow I'll walk up, seven hillsides
C         G                Dm    Am
Tremble before my flock on seven hillsides
F     G             Am          G                 F
Seven sorrows seven sons, seven mothers and every one

Will turn to me for the word of God what does this mean,
And there I'll stand Good Book in hand,
A shepherd to these precious lambs
What will I say, what will I say
What can I say

To tell the truth I'd never thought much

About the will of God before

When called to preach at seventeen
                                       G           Am
I was in love with fiery words and not much more

The time has come to keep the faith

For others shattered by their loss

Remind them of the loving God

Whose son like their's paid the cost
To save a sad and wicked world

Through sacrifice our love is heard
And pray that I believe those words