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My Daddy went to prison in nineteen sixty-four,
Hijacked a load of turnips eastbound on I-44.
He spent ten years of hard time for a damn silly sin,
And he walked out a free man, said he'd never steal again.

But he found my Mama, and stole her away,
Hid out in Kentucky, worked a coal mine they say.
Had me and my brothers, and a little sister too,
He took all the backroads in life, what else could he do?

Daddy died in (19)89 holdin' on to Jack Daniel's still.
They called us all together, and read us his last will.
He gave Mama the house and car, gave my sister the rest,
Told my brothers to work real hard, put them to the test.

But I was a Hellraiser, pushin' all the time.
Stealin' cars in broad daylight, laughin' at my crime.
All my Daddy left me was a note with this advice,
Said,"Son, you need to know this, so I'm gonna' say it twice."

"If you're bound to steal and rob, and one day you're out of luck,
You'd best remember I-44 and that turnip truck.
You'd better think hard about fallin' off, and where you're gonna' run,
Stay off the damn highway boy, the backroads will always be there, my son."

"If you're bound to steal and rob, and one day you're out of luck,
You'd best remember I-44 and that turnip truck.
You'd better think hard about fallin' off and where you're gonna run,
Stay off the damn highway boy, the backroads will always be there, my son."

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The following comments are for "Turnips on the Highway"
by williamhill

Thoroughly enjoyed reading this, felt I was watching the movie of a childs struggle through youth into adulthood.

Brilliant writing.


( Posted by: londongrey [Member] On: June 8, 2005 )

Oh my Lord!
This is Country thru and thru! I do believe it's a hit.. Wow! excellent lyrics.. Loved the Title. "Turnips on the Highway" Never have liked country, but this is grand. Now, you know me, when you rake in the big bucks, give GOD 10%.


( Posted by: JEANNIE45 [Member] On: June 8, 2005 )

Eastbound on 44
Fun to read and sounds like it would be fun to hear. Its got a nice depth of story to it along with that so-crazy-it-got-to-be-true feeling.

I think I can hear Johnny Cash in this one. Needs that big bravado voice. -Philo

( Posted by: Philo [Member] On: June 8, 2005 )

The man in Black
Johnny cash for sure could do this for ya ...well ya know.... but yeah this read like a country song and I am in a band so I also could kind of hear it in a way-I would need to know what you had in mind for arangement but yeah it'll work and it did tell of a boys youth and as time past so did alot of struggles

( Posted by: LamemansTerms [Member] On: June 8, 2005 )

Turnips Turning
Thanks to you all for reading and commenting. I'm glad you can hear it sing. And yes, it's pure country. I wish the Man in Black was still around. I've got the music to it in my head. Just have to find someone to sing and record it.

Thanks again,


( Posted by: williamhill [Member] On: June 9, 2005 )

Countryfied .."turnip" logic
Charlie- Country lyrics are difficult to present fresh.(New)..This is good story.

Back in mid-70's, I penned a few..My fave was/is: "Country Bob's Blues...."You were the North honey/ And I was the South/ We all know who won.."...

Robert William

( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: June 9, 2005 )

Willbill's Musica to my ears
I am eclectic where music and the arts are concerned. I have to agree with the above comments.......dang I wish I hadn't of read them William before commenting.

I really like these lyrics and as for the Man in Black....yes, I wish he hadn't left us, but at least we have his music. I LOVE his song "Hurt".

I had to chuckle at Pen's comment....because I felt the same thing.

now THIS is what I mean of liking your work. Tried to explain to another writer of my preferences. Comparing stories, poems, music, I would rather read this than harsh-busy-big-city-life. You hooked me with your Hillbilly poems. I grew up in the ugliness of a huge city. It is more peaceful to read your countryish lyrics/poems/stories.

Hope you will be writing more like this!!


( Posted by: Dareva [Member] On: June 11, 2005 )

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