Jeremiah Birnbaum - Devil's Gate

from by Neale Eckstein

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The Pony Express existed for less than 18 months before the telegraph was completed to California. The primary reason was to speed up communication with California as it became clear that the country was on the brink of Civil War. This is the story of one of those riders.


The Sun dies quick out on these plains
Smoke’s blowing from this bronco’s mouth, I grip the reins
I’ll get to Devil’s Gate before I sleep tonight
I’ve got to ride with all my might / This mochila I’m sworn to run
It’s stuffed with letters, a bible and a gun / Strapped to my leg a bowie knife
I will defend this knapsack with my life / I glide along these trails like a falcon in the sky
I’ll get this mail to California or I’ll die
Over the mountains with all the speed that I possess
I carry the pride of the Pony Express
In this bag there’s a letter the war’s begun
Union gave Ft. Sumter up, Confederates claim they’ve won
Gold from California will be the treasure that decides
This news will force them to takes sides / I miss my darling Eleanor
She’s back in Kansas bracing for a war
If I can keep on riding, and not end up lame or dead
I’ll have enough saved up, so we can finally wed
The Western Union line will be up before the snow
Then I’ll make my way home to Eleanor
The storm that’s coming is gonna rip this land apart
And change the life we knew before / I fear this horse is fading fast
Still 15 miles to Devil’s Gate, I pray she’ll last
Last month they found a rider froze
This wind is cold, can’t feel my fingers or my toes
I see the top of Devil’s Gate / I blow my horn to let Old Jim know not to wait
To get that fire burning bright / A few hours sleep, is all I’ll see tonight


from Click, released March 13, 2014
Jeremiah Birnbaum vocals, mandolin
Craig Akin bass
Annie Wenz percussion
NE guitars, keyboards



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Neale Eckstein Boston, Massachusetts

Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Photographer, Songwriter and makes excellent peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Neale has recorded dozens of singer/songwriters at his Fox Run Studio. This project combines all of his passions. Thirty-four musicians play and sing on this CD. ... more

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