The Coast (Fast Johnny)

from by Julie Kathryn

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lyrics

I clap my hands at the break of day
Hug my children, watch ‘em play
Their sunken eyes, baggy clothes

I ain’t seen rain in a month or more
I’m gonna smile like I did before
Dust was in the air and in our home.

Johnny says we should just head west
Leave Oklahoma for the road
Johnny says he’ll find work again
Leave this dusty town the coast

Big dust cloud, we live and breathe
Pretend that we have enough to eat
But Johnny said we’re losing the farm

The crops are gone, land is dead
They’re taking all that we have left
The tractor, the horses and the barn

Johnny says we should just head west
Leave Oklahoma for the road
Johnny says he’ll find work again
Let’s leave this dusty town the coast

Remember you wrote my name in stones
By the river’s edge at the break of dawn
We were young and the world was big
And you promised me everything
Johnny…

We pack our bags with clothes and books
And wait in the dark, no one’s looking
Hop in the back of a cargo train

The children say they’re scared, I say
Hold your tears, almost there
California’s not so far away.

Johnny says we should just head west
Leave Oklahoma for the road
Johnny says he’ll find work again
Let’s leave this dusty town for the coast, yeah
Johnny says he’ll find work again
Leave this dusty town for the coast.

credits

from Black Trees, track released August 27, 2013
Written by Julie Kathryn and Felix McTeigue.
Julie Kathryn – vocals, acoustic guitar
Concetta Abbate – backing vocals, violin
Jason Maksymilian – acoustic and electric guitar
Raymond Russell– bass
John O’Reilly, Jr. – drums and percussion

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