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The Big Rock Candy Mountains

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lyrics

One evening as the sun went down, the jungle fire was burning
Down the track came a hobo hiking, and said Boys, I’m a-turning
I’m headed for a land that’s far away, beside the crystal fountain
So come with me, we’ll go and see the big rock candy mountains

In the big rock candy mountains there’s a land that’s fair and bright
Where the handouts grow on bushes and you sleep out every night
Where the boxcars all are empty and the sun shines every day
On the birds and the bees and the cigarette trees
And the lemonade springs where the bluebird sings
In the big rock candy mountains

In the big rock candy mountains all the cops have wooden legs
All the bulldogs all have rubber teeth and the hens lay soft boiled eggs
Where the farmers’ trees are full of fruit and their barns are full of hay
And I’m bound to go where there ain’t no snow
Where the rain don’t fall and the wind don’t blow
In the big rock candy mountains

In the big rock candy mountains you never change your socks
And little streams of alcohol come trickling down the rocks
There ain’t no short-handle shovels, no axes, spades or picks
And I’m bound to stay where they sleep all day
Where they hung the Turk that invented work
In the big rock candy mountains

In the big rock candy mountains all the jails are made of tin
And you can walk right out again as soon as you are in
Why the brakemen have to tip their hats and the railroad bulls are blind
There’s a lake of stew and a gin lake too
You can paddle all around them in a big canoe
In the big rock candy mountains

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from Words Of Wisdom, released November 13, 2007
Recorded by Kenny Siegal at Old Soul
Catskill, New York, June 2007
Mastered by Dave McNair

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Brian Dewan Catskill, New York

Brian Dewan presents The Humanitarium—a series of folk compilations featuring songs he’s unearthed in old schoolbooks, at garage sales, in attics and basements, arranged for his instruments of choice: autoharp, electric zither, organ and accordion. Fans of Brian's original albums, his art, and his work with They Might Be Giants and the Blue Man Group will treasure the Humanitarium series. ... more

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