40 Acres

Story Behind The Song


Song Description

Most Christians will recognize this song as the parable of the Prodigal Son told by Jesus in Luke 15:11-32 told from the younger son's point of view. Please note I took some liberty with the lyrics as far as how long he was gone and even how large the far

Song Length 4:09 Genre Folk - Religious, Rock - Religious
Tempo Medium Slow (91 - 110) Lead Vocal Male Vocal
Mood Restless, Content Subject Frustration, Father
Similar Artists James Taylor, Billy Joel Language English
Era 2000 and later


Got 40 acres of rocky land
Got 40 hours and my two hands
It's been me and my brother on this farm for so long
There's just one place I'd rather be, and that one place is gone
I'm like a little child dreaming of running away
I'd pack my bags and run away
I told my father I've come of age
And I won't grow old here, can't make me stay
He said son in the city is no place you belong
They got a fast way of living, and that living is wrong
I said I can't keep on watching time passing away
So I packed my bags and moved away
Don't cry for me, I'm not thinking of you
There's just too many things I can do
Spent 40 days there, and the famine came
After 40 more there, nothing remained
I took a job doing some unspeakable things
And my body is broken but my spirit still sings
For the face of my father and the call of the land
I will go back home as his hired hand
Don't cry for me, I'm no longer your son
There's just too many things I have done
From the farthest hill he saw me
He must have waited there every day
He put a ring upon the finger
Of the child who had run away
At the feast thrown in my honor
My brother indulged in my shame
I have a robe upon my shoulders
A lifetime wiser though not much older
And I could not be any closer to my father's love

Lyrics Gregory Bratton Music Gregory Bratton
Producer Gregory Bratton Publisher Gregory Bratton
Performance Gregory Bratton Label Gregory Bratton
This track is on 4 Member Playlists
Playlist Creator Playlist Name Date Added
Roy Elkins Folk 2019 11/19/2018
Bruce Niemchick Broadjam Believers 12/31/2009
limzin >>Folk 9/25/2009
Bruce Niemchick My Top Songs 11/6/2008

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