Friday night's pay night guys fresh out of work
Talking about the weekend tryin' to scrub off the dirt
Some heading home to their families some wearing trouble on their shirts
Some driving down to Stovall just looking to get hurt

I work for the county out on 95
Just holdin' that red flag watchin' the traffic pass me by
All day I keep a picture of my baby in my head
At night I dream I'm with her, laying in my bunkhouse bed

Seen her at the canteen down at the Legion Hall
She come in with her brothers standin' back up against the wall
Me and her we'd go walking down by them Linden tracks
Well, one day I looked straight at her and she looked straight back

Grey clouds stretch across the white moon
Sittin' in the backyard in my old car
We hum out of tune

Well I saved up my money and I put it all away
I went to see her daddy but we didn't have much to say
He said "Now son can't you see that she's just a little girl
Who don't know nothin' 'bout the meanness in this world"

Took off down into Florida we got along all right
One day her brothers came and got her and they took me in a black and white
The prosecutor kept his promise that he made on that day
She was sad and the judge was mad, they put me straight away
Well they said she was too young,
She was no younger than I've been
When she put her arms around me, and the night closed in

Well sometimes I dream of getting out of here
Heading down towards them old tracks
I swore I'd come and get her
But I know I ain't never going back

There's nights I can't sleep
No matter how hard I try
So from my window I watch the moonlight
Fall on the far hillside

I imagine I put on my jacket
Go down to this little roadside bar
Pick a stranger and spin around the dance floor
To a Mexican guitar


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    General CommentFrom the Nebraska demos, this song is the lyrical predecessor of "Working On The Highway", which would later appear on the Born In The U.S.A. album.
    Zero_The_Heroon July 26, 2009   Link

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