Saddle Tramp (1976)

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    Dixie on My Mind

    It rained all night in Frisco and my sleeping bag got soaked
    I woke up this morning, I was cold and wet and broke
    I lit up my last cigarette at the California line
    But I got Dixie on my mind

    I flagged down a semi going into Denver town
    It was snowing in them Rockies and he had to shut her down
    And them Colorado Rocky Mountains sure are lookin' fine
    But I got Dixie on my mind

    Well, I got me a ride through Texas on a flat bed diesel truck
    He said, "Where are you going?", I said "It don't matter much"
    Just drop me anywhere below that Mason Dixon line
    'Cause I got Dixie on my mind

    I love that sippin' whiskey, Carolina Mountain Dew
    And them Alabama hotcakes and that Georgia burnin' stew
    I'm crazy about magnolia trees and honeysuckle vines
    And I got Dixie on my mind

    Just drop me anywhere below that Mason Dixon line
    'Cause I got Dixie on my mind
    I got Dixie on my mind
  • 2

    Saddle Tramp

    Well you pass around the pipe and you all get high
    Never even stop and wonder why
    Maybe it's because you wanna die
    Maybe it's just the way things have to be

    You stay up late and drink too damn much whiskey
    You know that sort of thing is kind of risky
    Maybe it's just because you like to feel frisky
    Maybe it's just because you like to feel free

    Saddle Tramp
    How many people watch you ridin' by
    Like a thunder cloud that floats Across the Arizona sky
    And wonder if they're looking At a mighty happy man
    Or just a lonely breeze that drifts Across
    the endless desert sand

    Well it's gettin' kinda cold in Riodoso
    Abilene ain't gettin' any closer
    One more drink, one more hand of poker
    ‘Cause a fool and his money's Gonna have to part

    You're too proud to ever show your sorrow
    You don't steal and you won't beg or borrow
    You may be here today but you're gone tomorrow
    Ain't no strings on your boot heels Or your heart

    Saddle Tramp How many people watch you ride away
    Wonder why you never promise To come back some day
    Maybe thinking you were holding All the pieces in your hand
    Or are they slippin' through your fingers like the endless desert sand
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    Sweet Louisiana

    Well, I thought I'd go out to Tulsa
    And ride in a rodeo
    Red beans and rice sure would be nice
    Back where the Mississippi River flows

    And it's a long way back to Vicksburg
    Mississippi River is muddy and wide
    But it don't seem like much
    When sweet Louisiana's waitin' on the other side

    Well, there's a lot of room up in Canada
    Where a man can catch his breath
    But the men are bold and the women are cold
    And you damn near freeze to death

    And it's a long way back to Vicksburg
    Mississippi River is muddy and wide
    But it don't seem like much
    When sweet Louisiana's waitin' on the other side

    There's pretty girls in Kansas City
    And a man can have a ball
    But the women in Ouachita Parish
    Drive a young man up the wall

    And it's a long way back to Vicksburg
    Mississippi River is muddy and wide
    But it don't seem like much
    When sweet Louisiana's waitin' on the other side

    Well, I thought I'd go out to Tulsa
    And ride in a rodeo
    Red beans and rice sure would be nice
    Back where the Mississippi River flows

    And it's a long way back to Vicksburg
    Mississippi River is muddy and wide
    But it don't seem like much
    When sweet Louisiana's waitin' on the other side

    'Cause it don't seem like much
    When sweet Louisiana's waitin' on the other side​

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    Wichita Jail

    I woke up on a cement floor this mornin',
    My head felt like somebody been walkin' on it,
    Don't know how I got here,
    Don't remember nothin' at all,
    but if I done all the things that they say I did,
    well I sure musta had a ball

    'Cause in 30 more days
    I'm goin' back home,
    to see that gal of mine,
    but the Wichita Jail
    is a long long way
    from the Tupelo County line,
    I gotta do my time

    Well I ain't got a cent of the money I had
    I spent it
    Shirts tore, my shoes got a big hole in it,
    There's a king size knot on the side of my head
    and I got one big black eye
    But brother if you think I look bad,
    you oughtta see that other guy

    'Cause in 30 more days
    I'm goin' back home,
    to see that gal of mine,
    but the Wichita Jail
    is a long long way
    from the Tupelo County line,
    I gotta do my time

    Well this nine pound hammer feels like it weighs a ton
    makin lil ones outta big ones in this red hot Kansas sun
    I just hope I can make it 30 more days
    and get out of this mess I'm in,
    and if I ever get back to Mississippi
    I ain't ever gonna leave again

    'Cause in 30 more days
    I'm goin' back home,
    to see that gal of mine,
    but the Wichita Jail
    is a long long way
    from the Tupelo County line,

    I gotta do my time
    I gotta do my time
    I gotta do my time
    I gotta do my time
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    Cumberland Mountain Number Nine

    Baby don't ya cry 'cause momma's coming home
    Poppa goin' bring you back some chitlins and some corn
    Last frost done took its loss right down to the bone
    We're lucky we still got room to roam

    Goin' there to here is almost at a halt
    Don't you go off blaming God, you know it ain't his fault
    One time when life was fine someone found the wine
    Cumberland Mountain Number Nine

    That still was the best damn still they ever did make
    Wouldn't stand for nothing less, stand for no mistake
    Last Fall we made a haul and filled the limestone mine
    Cumberland Mountain Number Nine

    [Chorus]
    Winter come a change
    Spring bring the rain
    We weren't meant to stay the same
    One thing for sure
    We done found the cure,
    Cumberland Mountain Number Nine

    Black coal from the strip mine way up north at Jellico
    Kept the brew running smooth along the Thunder Road
    Way back down in Bear Tree Gap the devil's juice flowed fine
    Cumberland Mountain Number Nine

    The FB- and the TV- I had followed us for years
    Eventually they got the scent and nabbed us by the hair
    Man said son I'll blow up everything between your ears
    You got to face bout 20 years.

    [Chorus]
    Winter come a change
    Spring bring the rain
    We weren't meant to stay the same
    And now from this cell
    I've a story to tell....
    Cumberland Mountain Number Nine
    Cumberland Mountain Number Nine​

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    It's My Life

    It's my life, God was the one to give it
    And I ain't gonna let nobody tell me how to live it
    It's my song, right or wrong
    You can tag along or you can stay behind

    They're my troubles
    Don't you let them worry you none
    'Cause when I signed on to be a man
    I, I knew I was gonna have some

    Like I say, go or stay either way
    You ain't gonna change my life
    You ain't gonna change my life

    When I'm low down and I'm lazy
    And I'm ragged but I'm real
    And I ain't never been nobody's pride and joy
    Yeah, and you can take a boy out of the country
    But you can't take the country out of the boy

    Well, it's my troubles
    Now don't you let them worry you none
    'Cause I signed on to be a man
    I figured I was gonna have some

    Like I say, go or stay either way
    You ain't gonna change my life
    You ain't gonna change my life

    It's my song, right or wrong
    You ain't gonna change my life
    I said, it's my life
    You ain't gonna change my life, oh no​

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    Sweetwater Texas

    When I was a young man in Sweetwater Texas
    Just one thing stayed on my mind
    To ride a white horse over Durango Mountain
    And leave Sweetwater Texas behind

    Well I turned twenty-one there in Sweetwater Texas
    And just one thing made me stay there
    I wanted to leave but I was in love with
    the girl with the chestnut brown hair

    Then there came a time
    when she said she be mine
    And go any place anytime
    So we rode a gray dog over Durango Mountain
    And left Sweetwater Texas behind

    It was thunderin' and lightin' when we left Nolan County
    And the bus rolled along through the night
    And ole thirty-six was a magic black demon
    leading towards the cities bright lights

    It was ten in the mornin' when we rolled in to Houston
    Our hopes were as high as the sky
    But hopes turned to weeks, then to years, and then forever
    I never knew how fast time goes by

    And there was cowboys sellin' cars
    and country girls in bars
    Somehow it just don't seem fair
    And I wanted to die 'cause I knew I was losin'
    The girl with the chestnut brown hair

    So many times I said
    I would rather be dead
    than to take "downs" to go to bed
    and "ups" to clear my head

    And if the good Lord see the way
    to let me live one more day
    I'm so tired of being alone
    Gonna ride a white horse over Durango Mountain
    And make Sweetwater Texas my home​