"Puttin' People on the Moon" as written by and Brad Morgan Shonna Tucker....
Mary Alice had a baby and he looked just like I did
We got married on a Monday and I been working ever since
Every week down at the Ford Plant but now they say they're shutting down
God damned Reagan in the White House and no one there gives a damn

Double Digit unemployment, TVA be shutting soon
While over there in Huntsville, They puttin' people on the moon

So I took to runnin' numbers for this man I used to know
And I sell a few narcotics and I sell a little blow
I ain't getting rich now but I'm gettin' more than by
It's really tough to make a living but a man just got to try

If I died in Colbert County, Would it make the evening news?
They too busy blowin' rockets, Puttin' people on the moon

Mary Alice quit askin' why I do the things I do
I ain't sayin' that she likes it, but what else I'm gonna do?
If I could solve the world's problems I'd probably start with hers and mine
But they can put a man on the moon
And I'm stuck in Muscle Shoals just barely scraping by

Mary Alice got cancer just like everybody here
Seems everyone I know is gettin' cancer every year
And we can't afford no insurance, I been 10 years unemployed
So she didn't get no chemo so our lives was destroyed
And nothin' ever changes, the cemetery gets more full
And now over there in Huntsville, even NASA's shut down too

Another Joker in the White House, said a change was comin' round
But I'm still workin' at The Wal Mart and Mary Alice, in the ground
And all them politicians, they all lyin' sacks of shit
They say better days upon us but I'm sucking left hind tit
And the preacher on the TV says it ain't too late for me
But I bet he drives a Cadillac and I'm broke with some hungry mouths to feed

I wish I'z still an outlaw, was a better way of life
I could clothe and feed my family still have time to love my pretty wife
And if you say I'm being punished. Ain't he got better things to do?
Turnin' mountains into oceans Puttin' people on the moon

Turnin' mountains into oceans Puttin' people on the moon


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"Puttin' People on the Moon" as written by Patterson Hood

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    General CommentMan, this song hits home for me, at least in some ways. My brother was laid off three times in one year, so he started selling coke. That doesn't make it right, but he was paying his bills and taking care of his family, he wasn't hurting anybody. He got busted for trafficing, now he still makes a good living, but he has to bust his ass very hard for it, is paying a $60,000 fine to the state, and is in the middle of a divorce (from the wife who was happier than a pig in shit when the coke money was rolling in). Then my mom, who's the most truly kindhearted Christians I've ever known, who's never said a bad word about anybody in my entire life, just found out she might have cancer, while just up the road at the prison, there are rapists, murders, and pedophiles who are healthy as a horse, and crooked politicians are all over television telling us how they're going to change things, meanwhile they're eating caviar and driving a Mercedes.

    This song (especially in relation to things I see around me) makes you wonder what the hell is the point of "doing good" and "living right"...you're told that it all works itself out in the end, and what goes around comes around, but when you very seldom see it coming around, you begin to wonder if it isn't all just a crock of shit.

    Anyways, these feelings aren't anything you've all experienced at one time or another, but I just thought I'd comment what this song makes me think of. Great song, though.
    Muck Manon June 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMan, this song hits home for me, at least in some ways. My brother was laid off three times in one year, so he started selling coke. That doesn't make it right, but he was paying his bills and taking care of his family, he wasn't hurting anybody. He got busted for trafficing, now he still makes a good living, but he has to bust his ass very hard for it, is paying a $60,000 fine to the state, and is in the middle of a divorce (from the wife who was happier than a pig in shit when the coke money was rolling in). Then my mom, who's the most truly kindhearted Christians I've ever known, who's never said a bad word about anybody in my entire life, just found out she might have cancer, while just up the road at the prison, there are rapists, murders, and pedophiles who are healthy as a horse, and crooked politicians are all over television telling us how they're going to change things, meanwhile they're eating caviar and driving a Mercedes.

    This song (especially in relation to things I see around me) makes you wonder what the hell is the point of "doing good" and "living right"...you're told that it all works itself out in the end, and what goes around comes around, but when you very seldom see it coming around, you begin to wonder if it isn't all just a crock of shit.

    Anyways, these feelings aren't anything you've all experienced at one time or another, but I just thought I'd comment what this song makes me think of. Great song, though.
    Muck Manon June 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSorry for the double post. Man, this thing doesn't have an "edit" button. I meant to say these aren't anything you HAVEN'T experienced before...I know they're common.
    Muck Manon June 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMany people dont know this, but Florence Alabama was at one time supposed to be the Detroit of the South....you can still go to Florence today and see where a ford plant was supposed to be built...i love being from north alabama
    walther1on April 06, 2008   Link
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    Lyric Correction"& I'm stuck in Muscle Shoals Just barely scraping by" - Shouldn't that be "& I'm stuck down here just scraping by"? Love this song. Nothing else I can really add that Muck Man hasn't already covered.
    MarkCox11on February 13, 2012   Link

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