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One Way Track-crd  Prairie Oyster

[E]BILLY WAS BORN IN A PRAIRIE STORM, D[B7]UST TURNED THE WHOLE TOWN BL[E]ACK,
DAD LEFT HOME A MONTH BEFORE, AND PRO[B7]MISED, HE'D BE B[E]ACK,
HE SAID I C[A]AN'T MAKE A LIVING OUT OF FARMING  DUST, A[E]IN'T NO OTHER JOB
AROUND H[B7]ERE.
THEN HE T[E]URNED AND CLIMBED ABOARD THE TRAIN, AS S[B7]HE FOUGHT BACK THE
T[E]EARS,
WHEN THE DUST HAD SETTLED ON HER DREAMS, MONTHS HAD TURNED TO YEARS,
WORKING FINGERS TO THE BONE LEFT NO TIME FOR TEARS,
STILL EVERY TIME SHE'D HEAR THAT WHISTLE BLOW, HER MIND WENT RACING BACK
TO THE TRAIN THAT LEFT, THAT PRAIRIE TOWN, RUNNING ON A ONE WAY TRACK,
SHE KNEW HE WAS HIS FATHER'S SON, SO IT CAME AS NO SURPRISE,
WHEN BILLY SAID I'M HEADEN WEST, TO SEE THE OCEAN MEET THE SKY,
HE SAID I WON'T BE LONG, MOMMA DON'T YOU CRY, BUT SHE KNEW BETTER THAN
THAT,
EVERY TRAIN THAT LEAVES A PRAIRIE TOWN, IS RUNNING ON A ONE WAY TRACK
WITH HIS NO[A]SE TO THE WINDOW OF THAT HIGH-BALLING TRAIN,
TH[E]UNDERING CROSS THE PRAIRIES LIKE A HURRICANE,
TH[A]ROUGH THE MOUNTAINS OUT TO THE PACIFIC SHORE,
LIFE WOULDN'T EVER BE THE SAME NO M[B7]ORE
NOW LATE AT NIGHT WHEN THE CITY SLEEPS, HE SWEARS HE SOMETIMES HEARS,
A SOFT WIND THROUGH THE PRAIRIE GRASS, A SWEET VOICE IN HIS EAR,
BUT AS BILLY STUMBLES THROUGH THE NIGHT, HE KNOWS THERE AIN'T NO TURNING
BACK
EVERY TRAIN THAT LEAVES A PRAIRIE TOWN, IS RUNNING ON A ONE WAY TRACK
SHE AWOKE ONE MORNING TO A KNOCK ON HER DOOR, SIX MONTHS TO THE DAY,
HE SAID I HATE TO HAVE TO BEAR THE NEWS, YOUR SON HAS PASSED AWAY,
SHE WAS THERE AT THE STATION WHEN THE TRAIN ROLLED IN BRINGING BILLY
BACK
EVERY TRAIN THAT LEAVES A PRAIRIE TOWN, IS RUNNING ON A ONE WAY TRACK.
RUNNING ON A ONE WAY TRACK

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