© words & music by Annie Wilson
from CD Sky & Water, Wind & Grass

Album Note:  In rural areas where “neighbor” is a verb (“They neighbor with us”), this word connotes a tradition of cooperative effort going back to the days of barn-raisings and threshing crews, as well as mutual care and comfort on a personal level.  The characters in this little song are a composite of excellent folks I’ve been fortunate enough to have as 

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It might just be her cookies   
or a little slice of cake 
A stop to see a shut-in   
it’s just the time she takes 
She’ll hold a baby shower    
for the children that are born 
Or if you lose a loved one    
she’ll hold your hand to mourn 

     We’re lucky that she lives so close  
     She’s someone we can trust 
     Neighbor’s not just what she is,  
     Neighbor’s what she does. 

He’s busy with his farming   
raising crops and hay and steers 
But finds the time to neighbor    
with the families that are near 
If someone’s had an accident    
or laid up sick in bed 
He’ll help to get their crops in    
help keep their cattle fed 

     We’re lucky that he lives so close  
     He’s someone we can trust 
     Neighbor’s not just what he is,  
     Neighbor’s what he does. 

Our neighbors get together    
for a picnic once a year 
We meet and greet each other   
keep friendships that are dear 
Toss horseshoes and play music    
and watch the setting sun 
Tell stories of the days gone by   
and watch the kids have fun 

     We’re lucky that they live so close  
     They take the time to share 
     Neighbor’s not just what you are  
     Neighbor’s when you care