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Talking Dust Bowl: Lyrics

As performed by Cisco Houston

Woody Guthrie

Appears on:
Back in Nineteen Twenty Sseven
Had a little farm that I called Heaven
Well the price was up and the rain come down
And I hauled my crops all into town
I got the money
I bought clothes and groceries
Fed the kids raised a family

Then the rains quit and the winds got high
And a black old dust storm filled the sky
So I swapped my farm for a Ford machine
and poured it full of this gasoline
And I started
I was rocking and rolling
Right on out to the California line

I was way up yonder on a mountain road
I was way up there in the piney wood
And I give my rollin' Ford a shove
And figgured I'd coast as fur as I could
Commenced coasting
Pickin up speed
Hairpin turn
I didn't make it

Well man alive, I'm tellin you
That the fiddles and the guitars really flew
That Ford took off like a flying squirrel
And it flew halfway around this world
Scattered wives and childrens
All over the side of that mountain

I was way out yonder on a desert road
I had a hot motor had a heavy load
And I was going pretty fast wasn't even stopping
Bouncing up and down like popcorn popping
Had a bustdown --
Kind of a nervous bustdown
The mechanic fellow there called it
   "engine trouble"

Well I got to California so doggone broke
And so doggone hungry I thought I'd choke
But I bummed up a spud or two
And my wife cooked up a 'tater stew
It was mighty thin stew
You could read a magazine right through it

Well I always did guess
And I always did figure
That if that there stew
   had been a little bit thinnner
Some of these politicians
   could've seen through it

Of note:

No one does the talking songs better than Cisco. Reproach without bile, humor amid disaster. Another sterling example.

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