The Sunken Lands

Album: The River & the Thread (2014)
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Songfacts®:

  • This song provides details about Rosanne's family's life, centering on her father John's mother Carrie; the title comes from the area where her father grew up in Arkansas. Roseanne told the UK newspaper The Sun: "I began thinking about the lives of women back then like my grandmother. She picked cotton. The men picked cotton but the women picked cotton and kept charge of the kids. Her husband was not very nice."

    She added: "My grandmother had a hard, hard life but she never became bitter. She was a very cheerful woman and had fortitude like I can't imagine."

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