"China Grove" as written by and Tom Johnston....
When the sun comes up on a sleepy little town
Down around San Antone
And the folks are risin for another day
Round about their homes

The people of the town are strange
And they're proud of where they came
Well, you're talkin bout china grove
Oh, china grove

Well, the preacher and the teacher
Lord, they're a caution
They are the talk of the town
When the gossip gets to flyin
And they ain't lyin
When the sun goes fallin down

They say that the father's insane
And dear missus Perkins a game
Were talkin bout the china grove
Oh, china grove

But every day theres a new thing comin
The ways of an oriental view
The sheriff and his buddies
With their samurai swords
You can even hear the music at night

And though it's a part of the lone star state
People don't seem to care
They just keep on lookin to the east

Talkin bout the china grove
Oh, china grove


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"China Grove" as written by Tom Johnston

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    General Commentclassic rock...classic.
    weezerific:cutleryon May 31, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentListening to this song never gets old!!

    and F00D that's probably because the doobies were high when they wrote this. ;]
    smalltowndiva08on June 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. I think that it just talks about what small town life is like with all the eccentric people that creep in and out and also the scandal that can spread like wildfire. Anyone who has ever grown up in a small town can relate to this song, I think.
    redlipson April 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWell, it is about China Grove, Texas, or at least Tom Johnston's flight-of-fancy imagination takeoff on the town's name. I always liked how imaginative it is--plus it's a good rocker, definitely a classic.
    law4on March 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm gonna delete this song.
    jamestmfbongon April 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOnly two comments on this song? The Doobie Brothers are better than this site gives credit.
    TwistedSisteron August 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI always thought this song was about a little town in TX filled with asians. Sort of a Chinatown of TX. Well I was only 1/2 right. It actually only has less then a 1% asian population. It is a little town though, only 1200 people live there and its 4 miles long.
    himoc918on August 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commentgreat song, nice riff. although the doobies seem to have gotten china and japan mixed up. "samurai swords?"
    F00Don December 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe Doobies rule, straight out, and nothing you say can change that!
    Great riff!!
    MihoNinjaon February 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFor some reason, when a local radio station of mine played this, they said it was about a battle in the Civil War... Doesn't make much sense I know.
    Flareeon April 24, 2009   Link

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