John Loudermilk


Tobacco Road

I was born in a dump,
Mamma died and daddy got drunk,
Left me here to die or grow
In the middle of Tobacco Road.
Wo wo wo
Grew up in a rusty shack,
All I owned was hangin' on my back.
Only you know how I loathe
This place called Tobacco Road,
But it's home.
The only life I've ever known
Only you know how I loathe
Tobacco Road

Gonna leave get a job
With the help and the grace from above
Save my money get rich I know,
Bring it back to Tobacco Road.
Wo wo wo
Bring dynamite and a crane,
Blow it up, start all over again.
Build a town, be proud to show,
Give the name Tobacco Road
But it's home.
The only life I've ever known
I despise you 'cos you're filthy,
But I love you 'cos you're home.


Abilene, Abilene
Prettiest town I've ever seen
Women there don't treat you mean
in Abilene, my Abilene

I sit alone most ev'ry night
Watch those trains pull out of sight
Don't I wish they were carrying me
Back to Abilene, my Abilene

Crowded city, there ain't nothing free
Nothing in this town for me
Wish to the Lord that I could be
in Abilene, sweet Abilene.

Break My Mind

Baby, oh, baby
Tell the man at the ticket stand
That you've changed your mind
Let me run on out and tell the cab
To keep his meter flying
'Cause if you say goodbye to me, babe
You're gonna break my mind

Break my mind, break my mind
No, I just can't stand to hear them big jet engines whine
Break my mind, break my mind
If you leave you're gonna leave a babalin' fool behind

Baby, oh, baby
Let me take your suitcase
Off the scales in time
Tell the man that you've suddenly developed
A thing about flyin'
'Cause if you say goodbye to me, babe
You know you're gonna break my mind.

Indian Reservation

They took the whole Cherokee Nation
Put us on this reservation
Took away our way of life
Tomahawk and the bow and knife
They took away our native tongue
Taught their English to our young
And all our beads we made by hand
Are nowadays made in Japan

Cherokee people, Cherokee tribe
So proud you lived, so proud you died

They took the whole Indian Nation
Put us on this reservation
Big built houses by the score
Won't need teepees anymore
Although they've changed our ways of old
They'll never change our hearts and souls
And someday, when the world has learned
Cherokee Indian will return.


Norman, Oooo, Norman, Oooo
Norman, Norman my love

Jimmy called me on the phone
But I was gone, not at home
'Cause I was out parked all alone
With darlin' Norman

Bill invited me to a show
But I said "no, cannot go
There's a dress that I've got to sew
And wear for Norman"

Norman holds me close to him
Norman kisses me, and then
Norman knows my heart belongs to him, and him, and only him, oh
Norman, Oooo, Norman, Oooo
Norman, Norman my love

Joey asked me for a date
He wanted to take me out to skate
But I told Joey he would have to make
Arrangements with Norman

Norman is my only love
Norman's all I'm thinking of
Norman gives me all his lovin', kissin', huggin', lovey dovin'
Norman, Oooo, Norman, Oooo
Norman, Norman my love .


Waterloo, Waterloo,
Where will you meet your Waterloo?
Ev'ry puppy has its day,
ev'rybody has to pay,
ev'rybody has to meet his Waterloo.

Now old Adam was the first in history,
With an apple he was tempted and deceived;
Just for spite, the devil made him take a bite,
And that's when old Adam met his Waterloo

Little Gen'ral Napoleon of France
Tried to conquer the world but lost his chance;
Met defeat, known as Bonaparte's retreat,
and that's where Napoleon met his Waterloo

Now a fellah who's darling proved untrue,
Took her life, but he lost his too;
Now he swings where the little birdies sing,
And that's where Tom Dooley met his Waterloo.


copyright © László Zoltán 2012