"A Month Of Sundays" as written by and Don Henley....
I used to work for Harvester
I used to use my hands
I used to make the tractors and the combines that plowed and harvested
This great land
Now I see my handiwork on the block everywhere I turn
And I see the clouds 'cross the weathered faces and I watch the harvest burn

I quit the plant in '57
Had some time for farmin' then
Banks back then was lendin' money
The banker was the farmer's friend
And I've seen dog days and dusty days;
Late spring snow and early fall sleet;
I've held the leather reins in my hands and felt the soft ground under my feet
Between the hot dry weather and the taxes, and the Cold War it's been hard
To make ends meet
But I always kept the clothes on our backs;
I always put the shoes on our feet

My grandson, he comes home from college
He says, "We get the government we deserve."
My son-in-law just shakes his head and says, "That little punk, he never
Had to serve."
And I sit here in the shadow of the suburbs and look out across these
Empty fields
I sit here in earshot of the bypass and all night I listen to the rushin'
Of the wheels

The big boys, they all got computers; got incorporated, too
Me, I just know how to raise things
That was all I ever knew
Now, it all comes down to numbers
Now I'm glad that I have quit
Folks these days just don't do nothin' simply for the love of it

I went into town on the Fourth of July
Watched 'em parade past the Union Jack
Watched 'em break out the brass and beat on the drum
One step forward and two steps back
And I saw a sign on Easy Street, said, "Be Prepared to Stop."
Pray for the independent, little man
I don't see next year's crop
And I sit here on the back porch in the twilight
And I hear the crickets hum
I sit and watch the lightning in the distance but the showers never come
I sit here and listen to the wind blow
I sit here and rub my hands
I sit here and listen to the clock strike, and I wonder when I'll see my
Companion again

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"A Month of Sundays" as written by Don Henley

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    General CommentI can't believe no one has commented on this song. For me, I remember listening to this late at night driving home from Monterey at age 6, partially falling asleep while my dad was singing along. This reminds me of grandfather, who grew up on a farm then went into the navy and eventually became a refinery worker.

    "Folks these days just don't do nothing, simply just for the love of it" This is so true.
    XmisfitXgirlXon February 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song too. It's kind of hard to find, as it is only on his cd "Building the Perfect Beast."
    lobo81865on November 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIf there's been a better song written about the death of the American farm I've never heard it. Perhaps "The Rain Came Down" by Steve Earle comes close. This is just a beautiful poetic peace of music. Maybe a tad too poetic. Henley played it at the first Farm Aid, and I think it just went right over everyone's heads. Not the right type song to do for a festival crowd. But a great song nonetheless.
    jtharrison December 08, 2009   Link

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