Bluestone Mountain - Contemporary

Story Behind The Song

I first heard this song in a cafe on a friday nite and loved the melody but could't understand the words. So I asked and was told the name was "Bluestone Mountain." I so fell in love with the story I felt I needed to record my own version.

Song Description

Cora Jones was a widow of the Civil war and lived with her small son on Bluestone Mountain....There their life was short lived when tragedy struck and both mother and son were lost in the caves of West Virginia.

Song Length 5:16 Genre Folk - Contemporary, Folk - Americana
Tempo Slow (71 - 90) Lead Vocal Female Vocal
Subject Life, Loneliness Similar Artists Loreena McKennitt
Language English Era 1800 - 1899


If you wander through the hills of West Virginia
down to where the greenbriar winds
turn your ear toward Bluestone Mountain
an you just might hear the sound of a young girl

Some say it's the wind through the canyon
as it blows a lonesome sound through the pines
some say it's the sound of the river
but I say it's just Cora Jones a' cryin'

Cora lived alone on Bluestone Mountain
a little blond-haired boy there by her side
the bloody civil war made her a widow
an little Jacob was her life-blood and her pride

Hummming.....and I say it's just Cora Jones a'cryn'

Sometimes I wonder if God watches
and sometimes life can turn in cruel ways
'cause on a cold autumn day in late October
little Jacob wandered in Scott Hollow Cave

Now the caves of West Virginia run forever
like a maze of black ribbon through the ground
Cora went to search for little Jacob
but neither Jake nor Cora would be found


So, if wander through the hills of West Virginia
down to where the greenbriar winds
turn your ear toward Bluestone Mountain
you just might hear the sound of a young girl
cryin' oooooo-crying oooooo-crying

A haunting tune of folk and popish New age. Well produced with a proper balance of Vocals to the instrumentation. Enjoyed this tune!

quite nice folk song...but couldn't catch the title at the end of the last line in verse or maybe its chorus..diction needs improving

over all this is a nice piece. sure to find a home


Echoing, wistful, and haunting, the memorable melody wails into a tale from long ago and paints a very listenable story from West Virginia. The story matches the tune wonderfully. It's a different story that isn't always told and that makes it unique. Instrumentally, the gentle echoes make it sound far away setting the right mood. You'll drift right into the story. The tune and words are written so well it could be sung with or without an instrument, even hummed. If you can do that, then you've written a great song!

The song tells a sad story, I like the music and the instruments, and I like a song that tells a story. The vocals are very good, and the solo pieces of music are lovely, a very nice song flows nicely, I can feel the era the time of the civil war.

I like the beautiful piano sounds and the drums as well - very beautiful vocals as well.

interesting instrumentation kept me listening. lead vocal pleasant mostly on key. the ambient nature of the mix is pleasant, but maybe a bit "unfolk" like if that's the genre you are after IMO. the backing vocal is pleasant as well. really like the piano where we could hear it.

i think this song has a place in film. ie celtic vibe to it.
nicely done.

Good song, liked this a lot. Good vocal delivery, honest and clear. Nice interaction between the guitar and piano with laid back percussion and an ambitious arrangement. I particularly liked the piano run on at the end, wanted more really.

Well performed and recorded track. Like the strings and piano. Passionate delivery.Strong chorus.

a very nice song i really liked this. has a bit of celtic feel to it. really liked the vocals and subtle musical parts subtle backing works well.
lovely song, has a spooky vibe to it. kind of sadness and beauty all mixed in makes for a very nice song

Lovely music, beautiful voice. All around a real pleasure, a thrill even. In places the sound will give you goose-bumps, so silver clear is the singing..

Lyrics Mark Brinkman Music Joe Podlesny
Producer Joe Podlesny Publisher Joe Podlesny
Performance Delta Burnett Reed/music arranger Joe Podlesny Label Avocet Studios
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