"The Drifter" as written by and Neil Fallon Jean-paul Gaster....
Who's that drifter?
On the side of the road
On the side of the road
I recognize him,
in a dirty old robe,
dirty old robe,
dirty old robe
Let's go lift him wherever he goes,
wherever he goes,
he goes, he goes
No more drifter on the side of the road, on the side of the road
He climbed into my big black truck,
my big black truck
He poured water in a wooden cup,
in a wooden cup,
in a wooden cup
Evil forces,
he said to me,
he said to me,
he said to me
Caught my good scent,
and on my heels,
and on my heels
I will fight them,
whenever I can,
whenever I can,
I can, I can
With a smile, I will give my life and fight them on the other side

If you see a halo, at least wave as you pass by it on the road, 'cause that would be the drifter.
Well on his way,
well on his way,
he pulled into a Flying J,
a Flying J
where we both shared a piece of pizza pie,
a piece of pizza pie,
a piece of pizza pie
"Where you headed?" I asked him,
I asked him
"New York City." He said to me,
he said to me,
he said to me
"If you take me," he went on to say,
he went on to say
"I will give you the map to the beyond,
the map to the beyond."
"Sounds like a good deal"
He payed the tip, we both jumped up and got back in
If you see a halo, at least wave as you pass by it on the road

We stopped to sleep, and he ??? and he used the time to go out and eat,
did a quick jig on top of a hill,
when he returned he slept for a spell

Cross Bronx Expressway at a quarter to four,
quarter to four,
quarter to four,
Was a vendor selling cordless phones,
cordless phones,
cordless phones
Drifter bought one for ten dollars,
ten dollars,
ten dollars
Made a phone call,
it went a little like this,
it went a little like this
"On my way now, and will be there soon, and will be there soon.
Bring my wet suit and my good tap shoes, and my good tap shoes.
Not the old ones that hang upon the wall, hang upon the wall, but the new ones in the silver case, in the silver case."
Then he hung up,
and chucked it out my truck,
chucked it out my truck
Central Park West,
I payed a price to park,
payed a price to park.
Mighty oak lodge, then he waved at me, and he waved at me
"What about the bargain?" I yelled at him, I yelled at him
"Oh I forgot...
go to the Poconos,
go to the Poconos"


Lyrics submitted by Cape Kid

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    General Commenti think the ??? is "in east Tennessee". I love Neils sense of geography in his songwriting. I always think this song is about like a Jesus type character, and the Hoodoo Operator is the devil.
    gusjohnsongotthekeyon March 14, 2010   Link

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