Have you been to the Cumberland Gap oh no
Fix your eyes on the green of the map oh no
Where the Appalachians rise oh no
Oh no

Have you tasted the finest of trout oh no
Half-asleep in a log-burning house oh no
With your feet flopping over the couch oh no
Oh no

Like Mighty Joe Moon there is no controlling him
Drive off a bridge if he choose to swim
Mighty Joe Moon can't prevent what is heaven sent
Joe can't control where his money goes
He's Mighty Joe

Have you been to the Cumberland Gap oh no
The air is sweeter than oranges now oh no
Oh no

And Mighty Joe Moon there is no controlling him
Drive off a bridge if he choose to swim
Mighty Joe Moon can't prevent what is heaven sent
Joe can't control where his money goes
He's Mighty Joe


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    General CommentI have been to the Cumberland Gap, and the air is sweeter than oranges. This song is about where I live and the people who live there and it is quite right,
    ABookOnAShelfon April 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI love the sound of this song! It's definitely an alltime favorite of mine, although I don't really get the lyrics. I don't know who Mighty Joe is, but maybe he's that free spirited, independent natureboy Grant is longing to be? Maybe it's a song about going back to basics, and ridding all modern nessecities? At least that's the feeling the song conveys to me.

    For some reason I think of Jack Kerouac and his novel "The Road", when I listen to these lyrics. It has the same romantisized vision of the American wilderness.

    Fantastic song no matter what. Strangely G.L.B. hasn't been commented that much, which I guess proves how much of an underrated songwriter he is. In Denmark where I live, hardly anybody knows him or his music.
    disonanton September 17, 2008   Link

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