Live version of Don's song about Lao Tzu's Last Ride featuring Sean Poynter on percussion. Recorded by Ron Nieman at the Highlands Nature Center in Prescott, Arizona

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"D-Squared has discovered a whole new breadth of expression ... Deb Gessner's harp weaves gracefully with Don Charles' guitar and vocals to create a stark and hypnotic landscape of sound

deftly drawing the picture of        

the great Southwest, their home."   

   International Folk Harp Journal

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We are D-Squared, a harp and guitar duo from Arizona. We developed our lives and our music together on a cattle ranch in the Bradshaw Mountains. Our songs and tunes are inhabited by the animals, vegetables and minerals that surround us and the forces that animate them. We try to address things that matter, tell a good story and keep a sense of humor about it. We think we sound like the high desert country we come from but that's not really for us to say. Our fondest hope is to connect with your heart, your head and your feet, and maybe give your soul a little buzz. The music comes from ours.

 

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On June 30th, 2013, nineteen Granite Mountain Hotshots lost their lives fighting the Yarnell Fire in Arizona. This song is a tribute to them and to the people of the town of Yarnell who managed an orderly evacuation in very dangerous circumstances. Dedicated to the nineteen men who died, their families, and those who still live with the effect of the fire everyday.

NINETEEN MEN (Charles)
Copyright 2013 Buzzard’s Luck Music ASCAP
All Rights Reserved

Fighting fire gets hot and heavy and dangerous it’s true
You better not go out there without knowing what to do
But you find out what you’re made of out where what you’re made of cracks
You and your brothers always got each others' backs

The big birds flew off somewhere else but choppers still ran routes
The beast was running north and east, the winds out of the south
When a storm come out of nowhere and turned the fire ‘round
And blew it over those men into our town

Nineteen men from Granite Mountain, nineteen men stood in the way
Of the fire-breathing dragon that came for us that day
While we stood there naked we did not stand alone
Nineteen men from Granite Mountain turned to stone

I was on the phone like crazy calling everyone I knew
The devil closes hard and fast when he’s riding down on you
But friends won’t leave without you and as we ran to the car
We were afraid our clothes would catch on fire

They say the heart has courage but you never really know
Until you’ve had it tested, then you’re good to go
And I know in that moment we fought through fear and doubt
To try to make sure everyone got out

Nineteen men from Granite Mountain, nineteen men stood in the way
Of the fire-breathing dragon that came for us that day
While we stood there naked we did not stand alone
Nineteen men from Granite Mountain turned to stone

I hope there is a heaven I know there is a hell
That overcame those nineteen men on a hill outside Yarnell
If love and mercy should prevail where the angels play
It rains a little bit there everyday

And it’s raining here this morning, ain’t seen that in years
It’s like the sky is crying, these are heaven’s tears
You will know them by their colors, you will know them by their acts
You will know them they’re the ones who have your backs

Nineteen men from Granite Mountain, nineteen men stood in the way
Of the fire-breathing dragon that came for us that day
While we stood there naked we did not stand alone
Nineteen men from Granite Mountain turned to stone

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