The 4/4 Troubador

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Did I tell you the story of the 4/4 troubadour
The traveling tramp
The barefoot bum?
Did I tell you the story of the carefree gypsy
The hitching hobo
The rich man’s son?

Last seen hitching down the Whitehorse Highway
Picking on a guitar
Waiting on a ride
He’s been running on steam since he was sixteen
Now the daddy wants to see the boy
Before he dies

Did I tell you the story of the poor man’s daughter
Or the poor man’s lover
Or the poor man’s ward?
Did I tell you the story of the poor man’s hired hand?
She keeps his house for her room and board

Last seen hitching at the edge of town
She had a sign that said
‘Anywhere But Here’
Now she never found a job where she was not fired
But she never found a town where she was not hired

That’s all

Texas Campfire Tapes (Cooking Vinyl 1987) / Texas Campfire Takes (Mighty Sound 2003)

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I told the executives at Mercury, ‘Hey, you’re dealing with an artist who can do gospel in very surprising ways.’ They asked me, ‘Are you sure you don’t want to make an acoustic album?’