The Songs He Sang
Philadelphia Lawyer: Lyrics
As performed by Cisco Houston
Woody GuthrieAppears on:
Way out in Reno, Nevada, Where the romances bloom and they fade, Was a great Philadelphia lawyer In love with a Hollywood maid. "Come love, and we will wander Out where the lights are so bright. I'll win you a divorce from your husband, And we can get married tonight." Now Bill was a gun-totin' cowboy, With ten notches was carved on his gun; And all the boys around Reno Left Wild Bill's darling alone. One night when Bill was returning From riding the range in the cold, He thought of his Hollywood darling With her love was as lasting as gold. As Bill drew near to her window, Two shadows he saw on that shade: Was the great Philadelphia lawyer Makin' love to Bill's Hollywood maid. The night was as still as the desert, And the moon hanging high overhead, Bill listened a while at the window, He could hear every word that was said. "Your face is so pretty and lovely, And your form so rare and divine! Come, go with me to Philadelphia And leave this wild cowboy behind." Well tonight back in old Pennsylvania, Amongst her beautiful pines, There's one less Philadelphia lawyer In old Philadelphia tonight.
An unusual performance, with the sterling Eric Weisberg on mandolin, giving a old-timey flavor to this tale. Sounds as if it came from the hills of Carolina.