William Ritter & Sarah Ogletree

by William Ritter

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This is our first album, it is dedicated to fiddler Red Wilson's wonderful wife Marie. This CD was successfully funded on Kickstarter thanks to the generous support of friends and family.


released July 11, 2015

Sound and Mixing by Marquita Someliana
Fiddle and Vocals: Sarah Ogletree
Guitar and Banjo: William Ritter



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William Ritter Winston Salem, North Carolina

William Ritter is a native of Bakersville, NC William plays banjo, fiddle, guitar, and other "string-ed things." He is particularly interested in old apple trees, family beans, and mountain humor--ever eager to swap lies, half-truths, jokes, and seeds. ... more

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Track Name: Foreignlander
I've been a foreign lander, for seven odd years or more;
Among the brave commanders, where the loud beasts howl and roar.
I've conquered all my enemies, on land and on the sea;
But you my dearest duel, your beauty has conquered me.

I could build a ship of love, without the wood of trees,
That ship would burst asunder if I proved false to thee.
If ever I prove false love, the elements will mourn,
The fire will freeze to ice, love, the sea will rage and burn.

Can’t you hear the mournin' dove, She flies from pine to pine
mournin' for her own love, the way I mourn for mine
I lie awake out in the night, I see the shining stars,
I wonder if you see them too wherever you are

I wish I was a hummingbird with wings I’d fly so high
I’d set my course to you love, cross any waters wide
I’d set my course to you love, cross any raging sea
Or over any mountains high between my love and me
Track Name: Be With Me
Be with me in the highlands Lord and in the lowlands low
Let my portion of Your mercy light my darkness here below
Help me stand steady against life's undertow
Be with me, oh Lord, where I am

Where I am, where I am,
be with me, as I struggle, help me try to understand,
Let me live up to Your love just as best as I can
be with me, oh Lord where I am

Be with me as I stumble Lord, while I try to take a stand
help me anchor my foundation in the truth of Your command
and when I fall help me reach out for Your hand
be with me oh Lord, where I am

Be with me oh Lord lay my burdens down to rest
let my prayers shift the load of these worries off my chest
help me to remember through any painful test You'll
be with me oh Lord where I am