Trees, Rocks, and I

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My grandfather was born right here in Gibson
Last week he died in that same hospital bed
Now he’s buried in the cemetery one hundred yards away
In sixty-eight years that’s as far as he could get

The people here they know my name
‘Those Dixon boys, they’re all the same’
My family like to fight and they like to drink
I’m just another dirty, no-good punk
Ain’t never gonna amount to much
Well it drives me crazy when I start to think

This is the place where I was born
And this is the place where I will die
I’ll stay right here till kingdom come
The trees, the rocks, and I

I’ll get married to some bitch and have some children
And if they’ve got any sense they’ll run away
‘Cause that asshole Jim O’Toole who used to beat me up in school
Well he’ll probably be their gym teacher one day

This is the place where I was born
And this is the place where I will die
I’ll stay right here till kingdom come
The trees, the rocks, and I

The only bright lights I will see
Will be on a police car
There’s a whole world outside of Tennessee
But I won’t ever get that far
‘Cause they’ve already picked a grave for me
Right beside my ma and pa
The only way I’m gonna leave
Is when my spirit departs

Sometimes I’ll watch the news up on the T.V.
The outside world just seems so wrong
Those queers and ragheads make me sick
I guess I’m just a slack-jawed hick
And Gibson’s the only place that I belong

This is the place where I was born
And this is the place where I will die
I’ll stay right here till kingdom come
The trees, the rocks, and I

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from Nineteen, released October 17, 2014

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