"Zip City" as written by and John Cooley Rob Malone....
Your Daddy was mad as hell
He was mad at me and you
As he tied that chain to the front of my car
And pulled me out of that ditch that we slid into
Don't know what his problem is
Why he keeps dragging you away
Don't know why I put up with this shit
When you don't put out and Zip City's so far away

Your Daddy is a deacon down at the Salem Church of Christ
And He makes good money as long as Reynolds Wrap keeps everything wrapped up tight
Your Mama's as good a wife and Mama as she can be
And your Sister's puttin' that sweet stuff on everybody in town but me
Your Brother was the first-born, got ten fingers and ten toes
And it's a damn good thing cause He needs all twenty to keep the closet door closed

Maybe it's the twenty-six mile drive from Zip City to Colbert Heights
Keeps my mind clean
Gets me through the night
Maybe you're just a destination, a place for me to go
A way to keep from having to deal with my seventeen-year-old mind all alone
Keep your drawers on, girl, it ain't worth the fight
By the time you drop them I'll be gone
And you'll be right where they fall the rest of your life

You say you're tired of me taking you for granted
Waiting' up till the last minute to call you up and see what you want to do
Well you're only fifteen, girl, you ain't got no secretary
And "for granted" is a mighty big word for a country girl like you
You know it's just your Daddy talking
Cause He knows that blood red carpet at the Salem Church of Christ
Ain't gonna ever see no wedding between me and you

Zip City it's a good thing that they built a wall around you
Zip up to Tennessee then zip back down to Alabama
I got 350 heads on a 305 engine
I get ten miles to the gallon
I ain't got no good intentions


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"Zip City" as written by John Michael Cooley

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    General CommentSalem Church of Christ is located in Zip City in Lauderdale County & Colbert Heights and Reynolds Aluminum plant is/was in Colbert County.

    The parents in this song seem like hard working, old fashioned, country folks who have raised a couple of screwed up kids. The Deacon knows what the older narrators plan is with his younger daughter, probably why he married his old lady. Hell, a young man expects a gal to put out if he's dropping that kind of coin on gas.

    The 17 yr old narrator's mind is smarter and more devious than the others, if the average bear gets in them drawers he would be stuck in Zip City forever playing the good guy. But not this dude with a 305 engine with no good intentions.
    DBT dadon April 13, 2008   Link

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