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Woody Guthrie - Talking Hard Work Lyrics

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  • While we are on the subject of hard work, I just wanted to tell you that I am a man who likes hard work.
  • I was born working and I worked my way up by hard work.
  • I aint ever got no where, but I got there byhard work.
  • Work of the hardest kind.
  • I been down and I been out
  • I been disgusted I been busted and I couldnt be trusted.
  • I worked my way up and I worked my way down
  • I been drunk and I been sober.
  • I been baptized and hyjacked.
  • Worked my way in jail and I worked my way outta jail
  • Woke up a lot of mornins, didnt know where I was at.
  • The hardest work I ever done was when I was tryin to get myself a worried woman to help ease my worried mind.
  • Im gonna tell ya just how much work I had to do to get this woman I was tellin you about
  • I shook hands with 97 of her kinfolk and her blood relatives and I done just the same with 86 people whos just her friends and her neighbors
  • I kissed 73 babies and put dry pants on 34 of em well as others
  • Done this same thing well there are a lot of other things just like this.
  • I held 125 wild horses and put saddles and bridles on more than that
  • Harnessed some of the wildest and craziest teams in that whole country
  • I rode 14 loco broncos to a stand still
  • And I let 42 hound dogs lick me all over, 7 times Is bit by hungry dogs and I was chewed all to pieces by rattlesnakes and water moccasins on 2 river bottoms
  • I chopped and carried 314 arm loads of stove wood
  • 109 buckets of coal
  • Carried a gallon of kerosene 18 miles over the mountains
  • Got lost lost a good pair of shoes in a mudhole
  • And I chopped and weeded 48 rows of short cotton
  • 13 acres of bad corn
  • I cut the sticker weeds out of 11 back yards
  • All on account of cuz I wanted to show her that I was a man and I liked to work
  • I cleaned out 9 barn lofts
  • Cranked 31 cars, all makes and models
  • Pulled 3 cars out of mud holes, and 4 or 5 out of snow drifts
  • I dug 5 cisterns of water for some of her friends
  • Run all kinds of errands
  • Played the fiddle for 9 church meetins
  • I Joined 11 separate denominations
  • I joined up and signed up with 7 best trade unions I could find
  • I paid my wages, um, a, dues 6 months in advance
  • I waded 48 miles of swamps and 6 big rivers
  • Walked across 2 ranges of mountains and crossed 3 deserts
  • I got the fever, Sun stroke, Malaria, blue, moonstruck, skeeter bit, Poison Ivy and the 7-year itch and the blind staggers
  • I was give up for less, lost and dead a couple of times
  • Struck by lightning, struck by Congress, struck by friends and kinfolks well as by 3 cars on highways A lot of times in peoples hen-houses
  • I been hit and run down run over and walked on knocked around.
  • Im just sittin here now tryin to study up what else I can do to show that women that I still aint afraid of hard work

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