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Stepstone [core]

I stood on the step stone when 4 school days were o'er
1 Longed for the time to go 5 by
1 Now that it's gone, I 4 stand here tonight
To 5 kiss this old step stone good- 1 bye

Goodbye to my step stone, Goodbye to my home
God bless the ones that I leave with a sigh
Fields will be whitening and I will be gone
To ramble this wide world alone

I stand on my step stone at evenin' time now
The wind whistles by with a moan
Now it is gone and I stand here tonight
Goodbye, my old step stone and home

It's hard to be parted from those that we love
When reversals in fortunes have come
The world's strongest heartstrings are broken in twain
With the absence of loved ones and home

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Available in these books:

Get Started Plus: Core Songs Edition
100 songs and our acclaimed play-by-ear learning method.
Big Print Songs
Over 200 songs.
Family Tradition
The reference manual, with lyrics to 330 songs.
The first two books feature large-print lyrics (20-point type) and include chords, historical info, jamming hints, and more.

...and on these CDs:

Five CDs, 100 songs. Recordings from the Abbott family and their friends.
Listen to sample tracks.

The MP3 collection has all 100 songs on one CD for a discount. See details.

A song from the The ToneWay Mountain Music Collection, which offers lyrics and free Song Clips (recordings for learning the song by ear) for nearly 400 traditional songs, many of which are often heard in bluegrass and old-time jam circles. The ToneWay Project also offers songbooks, CDs, and a free online video series for learning to play music by ear.