"Black Sheep" as written by and Robert/darst Altman....
My daddy was a brakeman on a highball traveling train
Mama she raised four little children and the family had a good name
And papa and mama wanted all for us they never had
Big brother little brother sister too none of them turned out half bad
'Cept me I'm the black sheep of the family

Big brother went to college and became a doctor man
I guess he makes about a million dollars a year off the folks on insurance plan
He's got a big long Mercedes Benz and a house overlooking the town
He sits in his Jacuzzi and he watches the sun go down
And he feels real sorry for me I'm the black sheep of the family

Yeah I drive me a big ol' semi truck I'm makin' payments on a two room shack
My wife she waits on tables and at night she rubs my back
And I tell her what my papa said to my mama when he got off a highball train
Wake me up early be good to my dogs and teach my children to pray

Little sister married a banker yeah he owns a country club
He bought her a big ol' racing horse and a funny lookin' little dog
He buys her big rings and diamonds and a brand new Japanese yacht
They like to get together and talk about all the things they've got
But they never mention me I'm the black sheep of the family

Yeah I drive me a big ol' semi truck
I'm sayin' woman wake me up early be good to my dogs
And teach my children to pray


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"Black Sheep" as written by Andres Titus William R. Mclean

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    General CommentThe one considered the "Black Sheep" of the family in John Anderson's well sung hit from '83 is the really credit to his family. NOT the rich doctor older brother of his who makes millions off the medical insurance plans of those lucky enough to even have insurance. Nor is his whore of a sister who married the mega-rich banker owning the country club and Japanese yacht.

    The only one who truly learned the lessons of his honorable father the "highball train" brakeman is the singer touting his "black sheep" reputation. Has a simple, respectable life driving a truck, supporting his kids and an understanding (very rare) wife. Promotes good values in their children by suggesting prayer and religion. Plus he's kind to animals like his dogs.

    I'd say he's the winner! Not the rich bastard brother who could have shared his money with his little brother and his back breaking job. Nor his (again) whore of a sister who is only interested in the banker for his money.

    The singer put family and integrity above money. All this coming from another "black sheep" of my own family. Values first! Money is only paper which easily corrupts relationships.

    I am glad to see Anderson singing with Colt Ford these days too!
    LeeCactuson April 04, 2013   Link

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