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East Texas Red

by Woody Guthrie. Buy album CD: Other Songs 1 - POO

Down in the scrub oak timber of the Southeast Texas Gulf
There used to ride a brakeman and a brakeman double tough
He worked the town of Kilgore and Longview nine miles down
Us trav'lers called him East Texas Red the meanest bull around.

I rode by night and by broad daylight in wind and snow and sun
I always seen little East Texas Red sporting his smooth running gun
The tale got switched down the stems and main and everybody said
The meanest man on the shiny rails was little East Texas Red.

It was early in the morning and along towards nine or ten
A couple of boys on the hunt of a job stood in the blizzardy wind
Hungry and cold they knocked on the doors of the working folks around
For a piece of meat and a spud or two to boil a stew around.

Red he come down the cinder dump and he flagged the number two
He kicked their bucket over a bush and he dumped out all their stew
A traveler said, Mister East Texas Red you better get everything fixed
'Cause you're gonna ride your little train just one year from today.
Red he laughed as he clumb the bank and swung aside of a wheeler
The boys caught a tanker to Seminole and west to Amarillo
They struck them a job of oil field work and followed a pipe line down
It took them lots of places till the year had rolled around.

On one cold and wintery day they hooked them a Gulf bound train
They shivered and shook with dough in their clothes to see Kilgore again
Over hills of sand and hard froze roads where the cotton wagons roll
On past the town of Kilgore and on to old Longview.

With their warm suits of clothes and overcoats they walk into a store
They pay the man for some meat and stuff to fix a stew once more
The ties they walk back past the yards till they come to the same old spot
Where East Texas Red just a year ago had dumped their last stew pot.

The smoke of their fire went higher and higher a man come down the line
He ducked his head in the blizzardy wind and waved old number nine
He walked off down the cinder dump till he come to the same old spot
And there was the same three men again around that same little pot.

Red went to his knees and he hollered,
Please don't pull that trigger on me.
I did not get my business fixed but he did not get his say
A gun wheeled out of an overcoat and it played the old one two
And Red was dead when the other two men set down to eat their stew.

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Album: Other Songs 1 - POO Lyrics
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  1. 1913 Massacre
  2. A Dollar Down
  3. Ach Hätte Ich Ein Bierchen (freie übersetzung)
  4. Aginst Th' Law
  5. Airline To Heaven
  6. All Work Together
  7. All You Fascists
  8. Another Man's Done Gone
  9. At My Window Sad & Lonely
  10. Belle Starr
  11. Billy The Kid
  12. Birds & Ships
  13. Black Wind Blowing
  14. Brown Eyes
  15. Bury Me Beneath The Willow
  16. Cadillac Eight
  17. California Stars
  18. Christ For President
  19. Clean-O
  20. Columbus Stockade
  21. Dance A Little Longer
  22. Danville Girl, No. 2
  23. Dear Mrs. Roosevelt
  24. Deportee
  25. Do Re Mi
  26. Don't You Push Me Down
  27. Dust Bowl Blues
  28. Dust Bowl Refugee
  29. Dust Can't Kill Me
  30. Dust Pneumonia Blues
  31. Dust Storm Disaster
  32. Dusty Old Dust (So Long It's Been Good To Know Yuh)
  33. East Texas Red
  34. Eisler On The Go
  35. Get Along Little Doggies
  36. God And Joseph
  37. God's Promise
  38. Goin' Down The Road
  39. Guitar Blues
  40. Hang Knot
  41. Hangknot, Slipknot
  42. Hanuka Bell
  43. Hanuka Dance
  44. Hanuka Gelt
  45. Hanuka Tree
  46. Hanuka's Flame
  47. Happy Joyous Hanuka
  48. Hard Travelin'
  49. Heaven
  50. Hesitating Beauty
  51. Holy Ground
  52. Honeyky Hanuka
  53. Hoodoo Voodoo
  54. Howdido
  55. I Ain't Got No Home
  56. I Ain't Got No Home In This World Anymore
  57. I Guess I Planted
  58. I Ride An Old Paint
  59. I Take My Penny
  60. I've Got To Know
  61. Ilsa Koch
  62. Ingrid Bergman
  63. Jackhammer Blues
  64. Jig Along Home
  65. Joe Dimaggio Done It Again
  66. Just The Facts Maam
  67. Keep That Oil A-Rollin'
  68. Little Boxes Beatnik Version
  69. Little Seed
  70. Ludlow Massacre
  71. Mail Myself To You
  72. Mean Talking Blues
  73. Mermaid's Avenue
  74. My Dolly
  75. My Flying Saucer
  76. My Peace
  77. Nine Hundred Miles
  78. Nine Hundred Miles (Instrumental)
  79. Ninety Mile Wind
  80. Oklahoma Hills
  81. One By One
  82. Peace Call
  83. Plane Wreck At Los Gatos
  84. Poor Lazarus


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