SWAMP BOY

way up river
where the water runs black
covered in kudzu
is a tar paper shack

alligator skulls
warn keep away
when strange things happen 'round here
them old folks nod and say...

that's that swamp boy
that's just his way

is he crippled or crazy?
nobody knows
harlan says he saw him
but you can't trust harlan
he drinks that mash they cook up down in the hollow...

farmer john's hand
got bit by a horse
it was planting time
what could be worse?

you know it swelled up bad
and his seed started to sprout
the bank told john
get in that crop or get out
john cried "lord what do i do now?"
woke up in the morning and his field was plowed...

when them hounds start howling
you know he's near
bet he's hiding in them bushes somewhere
we can't see him but we know he's there

eyeball to a keyhole
spies some oakies passing through
truck starts to sputter
and they ain't got no food

so they went to bed hungry
by the side of the road
feeling forsaken
lost and alone

in the morning oakie cried out "who do i thank
for these two fried chickens and my filled up tank?"

thank that swamp boy...

he's one part legend
two parts lie
mommas say "children, now you better mind
and eat your beans or he'll tan your hide"

dance down at the grange hall
them doors open and in he walked

he had his hair slicked back
a $2 suit
betty said to sally mae "why...he's cute!"

well, then he started to dance
the girls went "oooh!"

he ran outside
didn't know what to do

we followed his footprints down to the edge of the bayou

man, he vanished without a trace
well, scripture says each of us should stay in our place

when them hounds start howling
you know he's near
bet he's hiding in them bushes somewhere
we can't see him but we know he's there

that's that swamp boy
that's just his way...