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Blue Heartland

c1985 by Michael Jerling

From the album Early Jerling



Jaybird squawks, the sparrow hawk
Circles in the air
Fat crow dines on the white line
What he eats is his own affair
Red-winged blackbird's 
Got a cattail chair
In the blue heartland
In the blue heartland

Cowboy boots, hobo suit
Song about a train
Smoky bar, Fender guitar
Whiskey on the brain
Load up in the back
Break down in the rain
In the blue heartland
In the blue heartland

Cities rise before your eyes
A twisted fairy tale
Smokestack smoke chokes the wind
In your prairie sail
And down on the South Side
A bluesman wails
In the blue heartland
In the blue heartland

Summer nights the catfish likes
To sleep in a catfish hole
Daddy likes a country song
Little sister likes rock and roll
And I'd like to come back 
Before too long 
To the blue heartland
To the blue heartland

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