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released 05 June 2001

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Track Name: The Letter (That Johnny Walker Read)
Johnny Walker sat at a table at a bar mindin’ his own affairs
Drinkin’ his name sake over the rocks
He was drunk, too drunk to care
When a girl from the bar Walked up beside him
and this is what she said
she said A woman came by with a letter for you
and this is what the letter said

Dear Johnny please oh please come home
I need your love and the kids they gotta be fed
And Johnny if you don’t hurry back I’ll be gone
Yes that’s what the letter said
The letter that Johnny walker read

Then John he got up from the table
Slowly so slowly he walked outside
He was thinking of his wife and little children back at home
And how his drinkin’ had ruined their lives
Then john he stared off…off into that street lamp
And a vision filled his poor poor heart with a dream (?)

For you see folks it was him, blind drunk in that gutter,
clutching in his little old hand
The letter that Johnny Walker read
And this is what it said

Dear Johnny please oh please come home
I need your love and the kids they gotta be fed
And Johnny if you don’t hurry back I’ll be gone
Yes that’s what the letter said
The letter that Johnny Walker read

Dear Johnny please oh please come home
I need your love and the kids they gotta be fed
And Johnny if you don’t hurry back I’ll be gone
Yes that’s what the letter said
The letter that Johnny Walker read

Yes that’s what the letter said
The letter that Johnny Walker read

Yes that’s what the letter said
The letter that Johnny Walker read
Track Name: Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens
One night Farmer Brown was taking the air
Locked up the barn with the greatest of care
Down in the henhouse somethin’ stirred
When he hollered “who’s there?”
This is what he heard

There ain’t nobody here but us chickens
Ain’t nobody here at all
So watch yourself, stop all that fuss,
there ain’t nobody here but us
You kindly point that gun the other way
And hobble, hobble hobble till ya hit the hay

There ain’t nobody here but us chickens
Ain’t nobody here at all
You stomping around, shaking the ground,
kicking up an awful dust
We chicken’s trying to sleep and you popped in
And hobble, hobble hobble with your chin

Well Tomorrow is a busy day
We’ve got things to do
We got eggs to lay
Ground to dig and worms to stratch
It takes a lot of sittin’ getting chicks to hatch

Cause there’ ain’t nobody here but us chickens
Nobody at all
So watch yourself, stop all that fuss,
there ain’t nobody here but us
You gotta point that gun the other way
And hobble, hobble hobble till ya hit the hay

There ain’t nobody here but us roosters!

Well Tomorrow is a busy day
We’ve got things to do
We got eggs to lay
Ground to dig and worms to stratch
It takes a lot of sittin’ getting chicks to hatch
And there’ ain’t nobody here but us chickens
Ain’t nobody at all
So watch yourself, stop all that fuss,
there ain’t nobody here but us
You gotta point that gun the other way
And holla holla holla till the break of day

Hey bossman, now what do ya say?
It’s easy pickins!
There ain’t nobody here but us chickens
Whoa yeah!
Track Name: Take Me Back To Tulsa
WHERE’S THAT GAL WITH THE RED DRESS ON
SOME FOLKS CALL HER DINAH
STOLE MY HEART AWAY FROM ME
WAY DOWN IN LOUISIANA

TAKE ME BACK TO TULSA
I’M TOO YOUNG TO MARRY
TAKE ME BACK TO TULSA
I’M TOO YOUNG TO MARRY

SHE WENT DOWN TO THE RAILROAD
I WENT DOWN TO MEET HER
SHE PULLED UP HER PETTICOATS
AND I PULLED OUT MY TULSA!

TAKE ME BACK TO TULSA
I’M TOO YOUNG TO MARRY
TAKE ME BACK TO TULSA
I’M TOO YOUNG TO MARRY

WALK AND TALK SUSIE
WALK AND TALK SUSIE
WALK AND TALK SUSIE
WALK AND TALK SUSIE

TAKE ME BACK TO TULSA
I’M TOO YOUNG TO MARRY
TAKE ME BACK TO TULSA
I’M TOO YOUNG TO MARRY

I ALWAYS WEAR A BIG OLD SMILE
AND I NEVER DO LOOK SOUR
TRAVED ‘ROUND THE COUNTRY
PLAYING MUSIC BY THE HOUR

TAKE ME BACK TO TULSA
I’M TOO YOUNG TO MARRY
TAKE ME BACK TO TULSA
I’M TOO YOUNG TO MARRY

TAKE ME BACK TO TULSA
I’M TOO YOUNG TO MARRY
TAKE ME BACK TO TULSA
I’M TOO YOUNG TO MARRY

TAKE ME BACK TO TULSA
I’M TOO YOUNG TO WED THEE
Track Name: My Baby Thinks She's A Train
It’s three a.m. in the morning
Train whistle is blowing
Sound like a lonesome song down in my soul
Baby’s spent the bank and she won’t be back no more

My baby thinks she’s a train
She let’s that whistle blow and then she’s gone again
Sometimes it’s hard on this poor boy’s brain
What you gonna do when your baby thinks she’s a train

Locomotion is the way she moves
Drags me around like an old caboose
I’m tellin’ you boys that girl’s insane
My baby thinks she’s a train

Choo choo choo’s the train sounds
It’s a noise you hear when my baby hits town
When her long hair flies
She sure is hard to tame
What you gonna do when your baby thinks she’s a train

She eats money like a train eats coal
Burns it up and leaves you in the smoke
If you want to catch a ride just wait till she unwinds
She’s just like a train she always gives a bum a ride

Locomotion is the way she moves
Drags me around like an old caboose
I’m tellin’ you boys that girl’s insane
My baby thinks she’s a train
Track Name: House Of Blue Lights
Lace up your boots and we'll truck on down
To a knocked out shack on the edge of town
There's an eight beat combo that just won't quit
Keep a-walking' 'til ya see a blue light lit
Fall in there and we'll see some sights
Down at the house the house the house of blue lights

There's fryers, broilers, and Detroit bar-b-que ribs
But the treat of the treat
Is when they serve up those fine egg beats
You'll wanna spend the rest of your brights
Down at the house the house the house of blue lights

We'll have a time and we'll some rug
While we dig those tunes like they should be dug
It's a real homecoming' for all those cats
Just boogie past the welcome mat
Fall in there and we'll see some sights
Down at the house the house the house of blue lights

There's fryers, broilers, and Detroit bar-b-que ribs
But the treat of the treat
Is when they serve up those fine egg beats
You'll wanna spend the rest of your brights
Down at the house the house the house of blue lights
Track Name: Miles And Miles Of Texas
I was born in Louisiana down on the ol' bayou
Rasied on shrimps and catfish mame's good gumbo
I got the ramblin' fever said goodbye to ma and pa
Crossed that ol' red river and this is what I saw

I saw miles and miles of Texas all the stars up in the sky
I saw miles and miles of Texas gonna live here till I die

I rode up in to Austin the cradle of the west
Just ask any cowboy he'll tell you it's the best
I met a texas beauty I got friendly with her pa
I looked in to her big blue eyes this is what I saw

I saw miles and miles of Texas all the stars up in the sky
I saw miles and miles of Texas gonna live here till I die

I started tamin' bronco's I made every rodeo
Until I met a tuff one you know his name was devil joe
I grabb'd hold of his bridle just to ride this ol' outlaw
He threw me from the saddle and this is what I saw

I saw miles and miles of Texas all the stars up in the sky
I saw miles and miles of Texas gonna live here till I die

Miles of Texas
Uaaah now

All night long

Gonna live here till I die

Aaaaaaaah, Texas
Track Name: Choo Choo Ch' Boogie
Headin' for the station with a pack on my back
I'm tired of transportation in the back of a hack
I love to hear the rhythm of the clickety clack
Hear the lonesome whistle see the smoke from the stack
To pal around with democratic fellow named Mac
So take me right back to the track, jack

Choo-choo, choo-choo, ch'boogie, woo-woo
Woo-woo, ch'boogie, choo-choo, choo-choo, ch'boogie
Take me right back to the track, jack

Well I reach my destination but don't go back
I need some compensation to get back in the black
I take a morning paper from the top of the stack
And read the situations from the front to the back
But the only job that's open takes a man with a knack
So put it right back in the rack, jack

Choo-choo, choo-choo, ch'boogie, woo-woo
Woo-woo, ch'boogie, choo-choo, choo-choo, ch'boogie
Take me right back to the track, jack

Gonna settle down by the railroad track
Live the life o'riley in the beat down shack
When I hear a whistle I can peep through the crack
Hear the train rollin' when it's ballin' the jack
Love to hear the rhythm of the clickety clack
So take me right back to the track, jack

Choo-choo, choo-choo, ch'boogie, woo-woo
Woo-woo, ch'boogie, choo-choo, choo-choo, ch'boogie
Take me right back to the track, jack

Take me right back to the track, jack
Track Name: Last Meal
Well I was layin’ in my cell on death row
When I heard the warden say
He said Ray you got one more day.
You got one last meal before we carry you away.
He said if we ain’t got it, we’re gonna have to send out and get it
And you don’t have to go, you don’t have to go
Until we get back with it
Everything!
So I turned to the warden and then I said,
Warden bring me two dinosaur eggs over easy
Fried in butter, and not too greasy,
Mosquito knees and black eyed peas.
A little bit of butter on my bee bop beans, a saber tooth tiger steak
A whole hippopotamus well baked
So go and get my dinner, go, and get my dinner
You ain’t got it, go out and get it
Cause I ain’t goin’ till you get back with it

Now bring me a cup of crocodile tears,
I want a purple watermelon and some alligator ears
Two cross-eyed catfish and a female banana I sure can’t resist
Now bring me an order of those fried _______________
A barbequed brick of chocolate ice cream

So go and get my dinner, go, and get my dinner
You ain’t got it, go out and get it
Cause I ain’t goin’ till you get back with it
Now go, and get my dinner, go
And get my dinner, go
And get my dinner, go
And get my dinner
You ain’t got it, got to go out and get it
Cause I ain’t goin’ till you get back with it
Track Name: Texas Me and You
Can’t believe what a beautiful sight it is to see
The hills of home rollin’ on in front of me
In an hour or so I’ll be holdin’ you in my arms it’s true
All there’ll be in this whole wide world is Texas me and you

Too many lonely miles I’ve covered in the last year or so
When I talk of the fire that’s in me
I believe you know
We’ll make love on a blanket on the banks of the river till the morining dew
All there’ll be in this whole wide world is Texas me and you

Texas me and you
Texas me and you
Take the time to find each other
Take the time to rediscover
Texas me and you
Texas me and you
Where a lone star’s shinin’
Texas me and you

Texas me and you
Texas me and you
Take the time to find each other
Take the time to rediscover
Texas me and you
Texas me and you
Where a lone star’s shinin’
Texas me and you

Texas me and you