• Highway Patrolman

    Highway Patrolman

  • My name is Joe Roberts I work for the state
    I'm a sergeant out of Perrineville barracks number 8
    I always done an honest job as honest as I could
    I got a brother named Frankie and Frankie ain't no good
    Now ever since we was young kids it's been the same come down
    I get a call over the radio Frankie's in trouble downtown
    Well if it was any other man, I'd put him straight away
    But when it's your brother sometimes you look the other way
    Yeah me and Frankie laughin' and drinkin'
    Nothin' feels better than blood on blood
    Takin' turns dancin' with Maria as the band
    Played "Night of the Johnstown Flood"
    I catch him when he's strayin' like any brother would
    Man turns his back on his family well he just ain't no good
    Well Frankie went in the army back in 1965
    I got a farm deferment, settled down, took Maria for my wife
    But them wheat prices kept on droppin' till it was like we were gettin'
    robbed Frankie came home in `68, and me, I took this job
    Yeah we're laughin' and drinkin'
    Nothin' feels better than blood on blood
    Takin' turns dancin' with Maria as the band
    Played "Night of the Johnstown Flood"
    I catch him when he's strayin' teach him how to walk that line
    Man turns his back on his family he ain't no friend of mine
    Well the night was like any other, I got a call `bout quarter to nine
    There was trouble in a roadhouse out on the Michigan line
    There was a kid lyin' on the floor lookin' bad bleedin' hard from his head
    There was a girl cry'n' at a table and it was Frank, they said
    Well I went out and I jumped in my car and I hit the lights
    Well I musta done one hundred and ten through Michigan county that night
    It was out at the crossroads, down `round Willow bank
    Seen a Buick with Ohio plates. Behind the wheel was Frank
    Well I chased him through them county roads
    Till a sign said "Canadian border five miles from here"
    I pulled over the side of the highway and watched his tail-lights disappear
    Me and Frankie laughin' and drinkin'
    Nothin' feels better than blood on blood
    Takin' turns dancin' with Maria as the band
    Played "Night of the Johnstown Flood"
    I catch him when he's strayin' teach him how to walk that line
    Man turns his back on his family he ain't no friend of mine
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