Amherst Is My Home

Words and Music by James Durst,
in collaboration with Children and Citizens of Amherst NH
1999 Amherst Town Library/PhoeniXongs ASCAP

Supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts &
the National Endowment for the Arts

Along Souhegan's* shaded banks a verdant village grows
With roots in faded history, she stands in calm repose
Colonial child of British rule, named for an English lord
She watched a nation being born, then helped to cut the cord

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Amherst* once upon a time
Amherst yet to come
No matter where on earth I roam
Amherst, Amherst is my home

Among the names we recognize for their accomplishments
Are Greeley, Webster, Franklin Pierce--our fourteenth President
They dwelled among us for a while, absorbing inspiration
Contributing thoughts, words and deeds to galvanize a nation
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That Mack Hill barn in winter kept the town supplied with ice
For summers on Baboosic Lake, our piece of Paradise
The sledding hill at Bragdon Farm; serene Ponemah Bog
And Beaver Brook--Quoquinnapassakessananagnog**
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It's here we live and work and play, and gather on the green
To celebrate our freedoms and remember what they mean
And it's here we count our blessings for good neighbors and good friends
The bricks and mortar upon which community depends
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14 March 1999

* Pronounced S' hee-gun and Am-'erst
**Abenaki word for 'beaver brook'

 

 

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