Arkansas Traveler

Hey farmer! You been livin’ here all your life?
Not yet.

Hey farmer! Where does this road go?
Been livin’ here all my life, it ain’t gone nowhere yet.

Hey farmer! How do you get to Little Rock?
Listen stranger, you can’t get there from here.

Hey farmer! Thought you said that mud-hole weren’t very deep?
Only comes up to here on me ducks.

Hey farmer! When you gonna fix that leakin’ roof?
Ah stranger, when it’s a rainin’ it’s too wet to fix it and when it’s dry it’s just as good as any mans house.

Hey farmer! You’re not too far from a fool are you?
Just a barbed-wire fence between us.

Hey farmer! You don’t know very much do you?
No, but I ain’t lost.

Arkansas Traveler (Mercury 1992) / Arkansas Traveler (Mighty Sound 2004)

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Because I wrote songs for the love of it for so long I can say ‘I am a songwriter and whether I make money from it or not, I’m still going to write songs because its one of my favorite things to do.’ The fact that it becomes a recording is secondary, it’s not a motivation.