Makin' a living the old hard way
Takin' and giving by day by day
I dig snow and rain and bright sunshine
Draggin' the line (draggin' the line)

My dog Sam eats purple flowers
We ain't got much but what we got's ours
We dig snow and rain and bright sunshine
Darggin' the line (draggin' the line)
Draggin' the line (draggin' the line)

I feel fine
I'm talkin' 'bout peace of mind
I'm gonna take my time
I'm gettin' the good sign

I'm draggin' the line (draggin' the line)
Draggin' the line (draggin' the line)

Loving the free and feelin' spirit
Of huggin' a tree when you get near it
Diggin' the snow and rain and bright sunshine
Draggin' the line (draggin' the line)
Draggin' the line (draggin' the line)

I feel fine
I'm talkin' 'bout peace of mind
I'm gonna take my time
I'm gettin' the good sign

I'm draggin' the line (draggin' the line)
Draggin' the line (draggin' the line)
Draggin' the line (draggin' the line)
Draggin' the line (draggin' the line)

Draggin' the line (draggin' the line)
Draggin' the line (draggin' the line)
Draggin' the line (draggin' the line)
Draggin' the line (draggin' the line)



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    General Comment:Well, it does sound pretty hippie-ish, but I don't think it's about using drugs. Back in the day--let's just say WAY back in the day--"dragging the line" was an idiom for slogging through your daily life.

    I think the song is about the virtues of living a simple life. Making a living the old, hard way (i.e., working with his hands rather than sitting at a desk), taking life as it comes, not being too busy or caught up with getting rich to stop and enjoy the simple things (we ain't got much but what we got's ours; hugging trees; peace of mine), with a minimum of encumbrances (only his dog for companionship).

    As far as Sam eating purple flowers, I always got this picture of the songwriter going, "What can we rhyme with 'We ain't got much but what we got's ours'?" and the answers getting sillier and sillier till someone just said, "What the hell, let's put in the dog eating flowers," while everyone just totally cracked up. I think that line is a throwaway and not pivotal to the song at all. It is pretty funny though.
    law4on February 28, 2009   Link
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    General Comment:what law4 said, with the little addition that 'draggin' the line' is old time slang for driving a plow and later, for doing hard work to make ends meet.
    TheNipperon October 09, 2011   Link

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