"Where the Devil Don't Stay" as written by and Brad Morgan Earl Hicks....
My Daddy played poker on a stump in the woods back in his younger days
Prohibition was the talk, but the rich folks walked to the woods where my Daddy stayed
Jugs and jars from shiners, these old boys here, they ain't miners
They came from the twenty-niners
It didn't take a hole in the ground to put the bottom in their face

Back in the thirties when the dust bowl dried
And the woods in Alabama didn't see no light
My Daddy played poker by a hard wood fire
Squeezing all his luck from a hot copper wire
Scrap like a wildcat fights till the end
Trap a wildcat and take his skin
Deal from the bottom, put the ace in the hole
One hand on the jug but you never do know

Son come running
You better come quick
This rotgut moonshine is making me sick
Your Mama called the law and they're gonna take me away
Down so far even the Devil won't stay
Where I call to the Lord with all my soul
I can hear him rattling the chains on the door
He couldn't get in I could see he tried
Through the shadows of the cage around the forty watt light

Daddy tell me another story
Tell me about the lows and the highs
Tell me how to tell the difference between what they tell me is the truth or a lie
Tell me why the ones who have so much make the ones who don't go mad
With the same skin stretched over their white bones and the same jug in their hand

My Daddy played poker on a stump in the woods back when the world was gray
Before black and white went and chose up sides and gave a little bit of both their way
The only blood that's any cleaner is the blood that's blue or greener
Without either you just get meaner and the blood you gave gives you away


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"Where the Devil Don't Stay" as written by John Michael Cooley

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    My InterpretationI think the line about "The only blood that's any cleaner is the blood that's blue or greener//Without either you just get meaner and the blood you gave gives you away" is referring to the fact that only way someone betters themselves is by being born to a higher social class ("blue blood") or by getting money ("green blood"). The "meaner" part has a double meaning in that it's meaner as being mean and meaner as is being "common" (as in "regression to the mean"). Blood always give you away, it proves who you are in several ways: how you act (in the social meaning), who you are (both social and physically (DNA or blood type)), and just how much blood (and sweat) you're willing to put into something (which may be making that "green" by criminal enterprises).

    Just my two cents on a song I love.
    CJBlantonon March 16, 2012   Link

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