James Michael Taylor

James Michael Taylor

from Cowtown Texas, US

About "Fort Worth Shoeshine 120416"

When I was in college my room mate told me a STORY about a traveler who arrived at the gates of a city in a strange land. Seeing a beggar at the gate he gave him a coin and asked him a question: “What kind of people will I find in your city?” The beggar’s reply was to ask him what kind of people he found in the city he came from. He said that would be the answer to his question.

Fort Worth Shoeshine

I was shining his shoes when he asked me right out
What kind of place is this Fort Worth town?
What kind of people live here and what do they do
I’m gonna be in town for a week or two.

I spoke right up with my normal reply
“What kinda folks was in your previous life
What kind of car did your daddy drive?
What kind of girl did you pick for a wife?

Well, that’s what you’ll find here. More of the same.
All dressed up with a different name.
But that’s what you’ll find here, I guaren-damn-tee ya.
And I’m sure you’ll agree the next time I see ya.

About noon today with Spring in the air
A fella in penny loafers stepped up in my chair
He said, "I’m new in Fort Worth and I’d like to know
what kind of folks live in this old rodeo?”

I spoke right up with my normal reply
“What kinda folks was in your previous life
What kind of car did your daddy drive?
What kind of girl did you choose for a wife?

Well, that’s what you’ll find here. More of the same.
All dressed up with a different name.
But that’s what you’ll find here, I guaren-damn-tee ya.
And I’m sure you’ll agree the next time I see ya.

The clouds roll in and the thunder cracks
Lightnin’ sparkles on the railroad tracks
When the oak trees shiver and the horses high-tail it
And the windows start to rattle grab a hammer and nail it
Wet hay in the field and it’s too late to bale it
Tie your boat to a tree, it’s too late to sail it…

© 2016 Royal T Music

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