I released a new single on all streaming platforms. I was originally inspired by Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee’s follow up to To Kill a Mockingbird. In the story, an adult Scout returns to Maycomb from NYC, where she discovers Atticus is racist. She struggles to reconcile her disappointment with the love and respect she feels. When I read it, I saw parts of my own story. I regularly struggle to be kind and accepting toward people in my life who have shown themselves to be bigoted and hateful in some way. “Acres and Acres” was first performed for Wild Bob’s Musical Book Club at Lindberg’s in Springfield, Missouri years ago. Barak and I recorded a version of it in 2020, with the intention of  including it on my last album. For some reason it didn’t make the cut. As I was finding my way through some mental fog the last few months, the song crept back into my brain. I couldn’t ignore it, so I had to let it out. My wife convinced me the title should be simply “Acres.” I hope it means something to you.


They say you can’t go home again, but they lie

Home is where it always was, the world just passed it by

I wound up back here, by this winding wheel

Surrounded by these acres of things that we conceal

Your words used to be a gospel train to me 

But the roll was called up yonder and I did not agree

I can’t be your mockingbird, I can’t do the things you do

Your blood runs through my feet, but I can’t wear your shoes


There are acres and acres of things I want to say to you

There are miles between us and days and days of work to do 

There are bibles of things you need to say to me

But for now, let’s walk these acres 

I need to kill my idols, I know it’s true

But I got acres of love stored up for you

I don’t want to walk away, I don’t want to leave this town

I just wanna walk with you even if it’s burning down (2x)





Bandcamp (complete with liner notes, credits, and lyrics):


Brett Miller – guitar and vocals

Molly Healey – cello and vocals

Joel Lamm – piano and organ

Written by Brett Miller (BMI)

Produced by Barak Hill and Brett Miller

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Barak Hill at Mid-Americana Sound, Springfield, Missouri

Copyright © 2023 Hear, Hear Productions, LLC. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws.


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