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Drivin' Willy Home

c1977 by Michael Jerling

From the album Early Jerling



Willy More played basketball
He was the black killer cat 
Of the high school court
Big Willy dunked 
And the white folks roared
Go Willy, go Willy, go Willy, go (2x)

On that December night I was seventeen
Barely on the basketball second team
Practice was over the, the locker room steamed
I creaked across the hardwood floor

Pulled the family Buick out into the street
He was boppin' along to an inside beat
His high-top sneakers had some miles to go
Hey  man, can I give you a lift?

It's right on my way home I lied
Willy smiled, okay man alright
Embarrassed as he slammed the passenger door
I turned off the rock & roll radio,I was

Drivin' Willy home (2x)

Didn't have much to say it seemed
Small talk about the coach, the guys on the team
Into the dark unfamiliar streets
On Willy's side of town

Past W.W.White's Used Cars
The Stardust Lounge and Barbecue Bar
the moon shown down on the derelict cars
Broken bottles, blood and the wine

Drivin' Willy home (2x)

You can turn in here at the right
His mother peeked through the curtains 
At the car's headlights
Thanks man, that's ok, goodnight
As I locked all of the car doors




A neon cross shown down from the Church
Of the Apostolic Holy Word
Singing songs to Jesus the sisters swayed
As the snow began to fall

Drivin' Willy home (3x)

Willy More played basketball
He was the black killer cat
Of the high school court
Big Willy dunked 
And the white folks roared

Go Willy, go Willy, go Willy, go (3x)

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