• Born in the USA

    Working On The Highway

  • Friday night's pay night guys fresh out of work
    Talking about the weekend scrubbing off the dirt
    Some heading home to their families some looking to get hurt
    Some going down to Stovell wearing trouble on their shirts
    I work for the county out on 95
    All day I hold a red flag and watch the traffic pass me by
    In my head I keep a picture of a pretty little miss
    Someday mister I'm gonna lead a better life than this
    Working on the highway laying down the blacktop
    Working on the highway all day long I don't stop
    Working on the highway blasting through the bedrock
    Working on the highway, working on the highway
    I met her at a dance down at the union hall
    She was standing with her brothers back up against the wall
    Sometimes we'd go walking down the union tracks
    One day I looked straight at her and she looked straight back
    I saved up my money and I put it all away
    I went to see her daddy but we didn't have much to say
    "Son can't you see that she's just a little girl
    She don't know nothing about this cruel cruel world"
    We lit out down to Florida we got along all right
    One day her brothers came and got her and they took me in a black and white
    The prosecutor kept the promise that he made on that day
    And the judge got mad and he put me straight away
    I wake up every morning to the work bell clang
    Me and the warden go swinging on the Charlotte County road gang
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