Pilot Mound Fir Tree

from by Carey J. Buss

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My grandfather grew up on a farm in a town known as Pilot Mound. A while back, at a family dinner, I discovered that he had once had a stillborn sister, and as stillborns couldn't be buried in the cemetery in Pilot Mound, they buried her on the farm, and planted a fir tree over where she lay. My grandfather continued to go and visit this tree on a semi-regular basis, to pay his respects. This song is written from his perspective, and is dedicated to him, his wife(Gramma Z!), and his family.


(Chorus) Oh my sister, she was born dead, we buried her that day.
Planted a young fir tree in the ground where she lay.
As the years go by, I remember that tree now.
Rooted in the farmyard down the creek from the mound.

Well I was just a young boy growing fast on the farm,
swimming in the creek and never doing no harm.
Loved my two sisters, ma said a third was on the way.
But when it came time, the babe had already passed away.


Now I am a father with two daughters and a son.
Thought I am a busy man, I’ll not forget where I am from.
Can’t imagine losing what my parents did back then.
But I know now that fir tree has my sister’s soul within.


Now I am an old man and my children all have grown.
Left my lovely wife and I here living on our own.
So I took another trip back home, where I saw in shock.
My sister’s tree was dead; another friend that I have lost.



from Answer The Bell, released April 16, 2015
Carey J. Buss - Guitar, Vocals
Logan Picton - Fiddle
Chloé Carpenter - Backing Vocals, Vocal Harmony




Carey J. Buss Winnipeg, Manitoba

Guitarist and Singer from Winnipeg, influenced greatly by Fleet Foxes, Kim Churchill, and Kaki King.

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