This old porch is just a big ol' red and white Hereford bull
Standing under a mesquite tree in Agua Dolce, Texas
He just keeps on playing hide and seek with that hot August sun
He's sweatin' and a-pantin'
'Cause his work is never done
Ah, no
He's got them cows and that red top cane

This old porch is just a steamin', greasy plate of enchiladas
With lots of cheese and onions and a guacomole salad
You can get at the La Salle Hotel in old downtown
With iced tea and a waitress who will smile everytime
Yea, she will
I left a quater tip on my ten-dollar bill

This old porch is a Palace walk-in
On the main street in Texas
It ain't never seen or heard the day
Of G and R and X's
With a '62 poster that's almost faded down
And a screen without a picture since the Giant came to town
Oh, no
I love them Junior Mints and them Red Hots, too
Yes I do
And old movie pictures

This old porch is just a weathered, gray-hair seventy years of Texas
He's doing all he can not to give in to the city
And he always takes the rent late
So long as I run his cattle
He picks me up at dinner-time, I listen to him rattle
He says the Brazo still runs muddy long she's run all along
There ain't never been no cane to grind
The cotton's all but gone
And you know this Chevrolet pick-up truck, shewas something, back in '60
Now there ain't nobody listen to him, 'cause they all think he's crazy

This old porch is just a long time waiting and forgetting
And remembering the coming back, not crying 'bout the leaving
And remembering the falling down
And the laughter and the curse of luck
From all them sons-of-bitches, who said we'd never get back up

This old porch is just a big ol' red and white Hereford bull
Standing under a mesquite tree in Agua Dolce
He just keeps on playing hide and seek with that hot August sun
He's sweatin' and a-pantin'
'Cause his work is never done
Aw, no
I've known a whole lot of old bulls in my life
And there work is never done


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    General Commentprobably the best song ever written.......
    If youre from Texas it should just about bring you to tears listening to it, but screw them aggies though...
    snowbound1234on February 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentScrew you snowbound.. he probably wrote this song about college station.. but either way, this is most likely the best song ever written.. GIG 'EM AGGS!
    dmbdoodon May 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSurely you guys have heard the live version of this one, right? He says in the middle of the song that he was roommates with Lyle Lovett at college station and they lived their young adult years right there on that front porch. The first time I heard this song, it wasn't from Robert Earl Keen, it was sitting around a bonfire with a dude that was from Texas who loved Robert Earl Keen and played this on his guitar and sang it everytime we had a party. I thought it was an awesome song, though I never really understood it (especially the enchiladas), 'till I heard the live one where REK explained it all there to the crowd in the middle of the song. Great, great tune (and I've never even been to Texas).
    Muck Manon June 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSomething about the lines "The Brazos still runs muddy, like she's run all along" and "Remembering the falling down and the laughter and the curse of luck from all the sons of bitches who said we'd never get back up" that make me feel somber and uplifted by turns.

    Couldn't say why.
    LivinLegendon July 14, 2008   Link

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