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My Father Is the Road (1985)


US Copyright JRL, TXu 229-086 (2/24/1986)


From the beaten railroad tracks

Beyond the shanty shacks

To the roads across the plains

And through the Rocky Mountain Range,

I never have found

A place to settle down,

And so I'll travel on.

My father is the road.


[Refrain]

My father is the road.

My father is the road.

He taught me things about this world

That I had never knowed.


My mama is the home

That kept me from the cold,

But home no longer has a hold--

My father is the road.


Shattered but conrolled,

I'm walking down this road

With no suitcase for my clothes,

No possessions I can hold,

And though the lightnin' strikes the sky

In the midnight hours of day:

No reason why can change the way--

My father is the road.


[Refrain]


Yesterday a broken home,

Today all I do is roam

From Maine to San Anton'.

I'm a Mister Smith or Mister Jones,

From Frisco Bay down to L.A.

I'm a drifter on his own,

And still I'm bound to travel on--

My father is the road.


[Refrain]


No, I'm not complaining,

I'm not saying anyone's to blame

Or trying to accuse, abuse,

Or call out angry names.

I'm just speaking to myself

The words that seem a lifetime code,

From west to east,

To say the least,

My father is the road.


[Refrain last time]


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