"Choctaw Bingo" as written by and James Mcmurtry....
Strap them kids in
Give 'em a little bit of vodka in a cherry coke
We're going to Oklahoma to the family reunion for the first time in years
It's up at uncle Slayton's cause he's getting on in years
You know he no longer travels but he's still pretty spry
He's not much on talking and he's just too mean to die
And they'll be comin' down from Kansas
And from west Arkansas
It'll be one great big old party like you never saw

Uncle Slayton's got his Texan pride
Back in the thickets with his Asian bride
He's got a Airstream trailer and a Holstein cow
He still makes whiskey 'cause he still knows how
He plats that Choctaw bingo every Friday night
You know he had to leave Texas but he won't say why
He owns a quarter section up by Lake Eufala
Caught a great big ol' blue cat on a driftin' jug line
Sells his hardwood timber to the shipping mill
Cooks that crystal meth because the shine don't sell
He cooks that crystal meth because the shine don't sell
You know he likes his money he don't mind the smell

My cousin Roscoe Slayton's oldest boy from his second marriage up in Illinois
He was raised in East St. Louis by his momma's people
Where they do things different
Thought he'd just come on down
He was going to Dallas Texas in a semi truck called from that big McDonald's
You know the one they built up on that great big ol' bridge
Across the Will Rogers Turnpike
Took the Big Cabin exit stopped and bought a couple of cartons of cigarettes
At that Indian Smoke Shop with the big neon smoke rings
In the Cherokee Nation hit Muskogee late that night
Somebody ran a stoplight at the Shawnee Bypass
Roscoe tried to miss 'em but he didn't quite

Bob and Mae come up from little town
Way down by lake Texoma where he coaches football
They were two A champions now for two years running
But he says they won't be this year no they won't be this year
And he stopped off in Tushka at that "Pop's Knife and Gun" place
Bought a SKS rifle and a couple a full cases of that steel core ammo
With the berdan primers from some East bloc nation that no longer needs 'em
And a Desert Eagle that's one great big ol' pistol
I mean .50 caliber made by bad ass Hebrews
And some surplus tracers for that old BAR of Slayton's
Soon as it gets dark we're gonna have us a time
We're gonna have us a time

Ruth Ann and Lynn come down from Baxter Springs
That's one hell raisin' town way up in Southeastern Kansas
Got a biker bar next to the lingerie store
That's got them Rolling Stones lips up there where everyone can see 'em
And they burn all night you know they burn all night you know they burn all night

Ruth Ann and Lynn they wear them cut off britches and those skinny little halters
And they're second cousins to me
Man I don't care I want to get between 'em
With a great big ol' hard on like a old bois d' arc fence post
You could hang a pipe rail gait from
Do some twisted sisters 'til the cows come home
And we'd be havin' us a time

Uncle Slayton's got his Texan pride
Back in the thickets with his Asian bride
He's cut that corner pasture into acre lots'
He sells 'em owner financed
Strictly to them that's got no kind of credit 'cCause he knows they're slackers
When they miss that payment
Then he takes it back
He plays that Choctaw Bingo every Friday night
Drinks that Johnny Walker at that Club 69
We're gonna strap them kids in give 'em a little bit o' Benadryl
And a cherry coke we're goin' to Oklahoma Gonna have us a time

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"Choctaw Bingo" as written by James Mc Murtry


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    General CommentThis is McMurty’s story of a family getting together for a family reunion. He is good with painting a picture with his music and this lengthy song is one of his best.

    This is one of my favorite Texas music songs. It is also one of my favorite driving songs for some reason. Thanks James.
    Textanaon February 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI also saw this number on the performance of austin city limits on PBS----Good Stuff.
    necrophageon June 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentJust a badass tune. Just discovered it by accident, like many other songs I've found. One of the best long songs I've heard in a long while.
    OpinionHeadon November 02, 2010   Link
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    General CommentVery much like Dylan. This guy is the most cynical, jaded dude in a long time. I have seen him many times in concert, right at the stage. He is the most serious motherfucker I have ever seen in my life. He plays a badass guitar, has a killer three piece band, and delivers the goods. He just doesn't seem very happy doing it. He seems like a bitter old curmudgeon, but man he is good. Kind of reminds me of Uncle Charlie on My Three Sons. Let's see if he even cracks a slight grin...I know laughing would be too much effort. How exactly does one get so damn bitter?
    railroadginon May 30, 2011   Link
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    General CommentDid not realize he wrote this. I thought this was written by Ray Wylie Hubbard. I have much more respect for him knowing he wrote this and "levelland"
    ruarchitecton March 04, 2012   Link
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    Link(s)Here is a link to an excellent performance by McMurtry.
    Johny108on July 26, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI think there is a whole lot of buried meaning here hidden behind a story of a family reunion. I am sure a lot of it is just my interpretation but I suspect McMurtry had a second meaning in mind concerning just about every line of this one.
    bjohns7778on August 25, 2015   Link

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