Welcome Home

by Shelby Bottom Duo

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Nell Levin and Michael August (Shelby Bottom Duo) wrote this song to promote affordable housing in their hometown of Nashville TN. They are currently raising $3000 to co-create a companion video with organizations representing the populations described in the song that are struggling to find housing. To make a tax-deductible donation to the video campaign, go to www.taptn.org.


Welcome Home

You’ve been living all your life here in this town
Now bulldozers are tearing houses down
Rent has got so high you can barely get by
Still this is your neighborhood, Welcome Home

Evicted now you’re sleeping in the park
Rain and cops and no rest in the dark
You’re body’s feeling old but you’re left out in the cold
You need a place to live, Welcome Home

This is our city -- where we all dream
Of a better life for our family
Everybody needs a home that they can call their own
Here in the land of the free

You traveled from the battles in Iraq
Back to flag waving and lots of empty talk
We cannot forget -- we owe you a debt
Now you’ve come here to our town, Welcome Home

You fled your country middle of the night
Sky was black, no border guards in sight
You’re building a new life for your children and your wife
We’re glad that you are here, Welcome Home

You came here thinking that you had a shot
Now you’re camped out in the Walmart parking lot
Playing bars for tips, waiting for your ship
We want to hear your songs, Welcome Home

We clean your hotel rooms, teach your kids in school
Put our lives on the line when fires burn
We’re drivers, waiters, retail workers, caregivers and cooks
We can hardly pay our way with what we earn

We will not be destroyed by the wrecking ball
This city, it belongs to us all
Children should be safe, everyone should have a place
All together now we say Welcome Home
Children should be safe, everyone should have a place
All together now we say Welcome Home

c. 2018
Nell Levin & Michael August
Roseheart Music (SESAC)


released December 1, 2018
Michael August, lead vocals and guitar, Nell Levin, harmony vocals, fiddle and keyboards. Brad Benge, bass, drums and co-producer/engineer.


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