Joyce Johnson Rouse

 
 

Listen to Viriginia Beauty

featuring Dale Ann Bradley

Story

This version of Virginia Beauty shines with the stellar vocals of Dale Ann Bradley, frequent Female Vocalist of the Year of the IBMA.

High, lonesome harmonies are performed by none other than Darin Vincent, also a regular IBMA winner.  Guitar and mandolin by Bryan Sutton, fiddle, banjo and dobro are the sweet work of Wanda Vick Burchfield, and bass by Mark Burchfield.

Joyce Johnson Rouse

Lyrics

Virginia Beauty

I never tire of the beauty of Virginia
From the mountains to the Chesapeake.
I lift my eyes to the wonder of the skyline
It takes my breath and I can hardly speak.

I walk inspired by the beauty of Virginia,
Cardinals whistling and pretty dogwood days,
I lift my hands to preserve her pristine beauty,
From the coal ridges eastward to the Bay.   
    
    Virginia Beauty is always with me
    Everywhere I go, Until I can get home
    To Virginia’s Beauty singing out to me
    There is nowhere that I’d rather be


I am inclined to be always in Virginia—
Tidewater breeze to the Appalachian Trail
I love the song of a Blue Ridge summer evening—
The city lights and the country lanes.  

 
    Virginia Beauty is always with me
    Everywhere I go, Until I can get home
    To Virginia’s Beauty singing out to me
    There is nowhere that I’d rather be    
    
Bridge:   

        Celebrate the miner, farmer, artist and the scholar,
        Presidents and teachers, from the Piedmont to the cool, shady hollers.
        Travel ‘Round the Mountain or down the Crooked Road
        Expressions of the heart are everywhere you go    
       Rappahannock and Elizabeth, the Clinch and the New
         and O Shenendoah,

I can rest my eyes on a springtime in Virginia
Apple Blossom and Maple Sugar Days
The Blue and Gray resting peaceful on the hillside
Where together now their grandchildren play.     

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