South Coast of Texas Guy Clark
South Coast Of Texas
Capo on 2
[C]The south coast of Texas, that's a [F]thin slice of life
It's [G]salty and hard, it is stern as a [C]knife
Where the wind is for blowin' up, [F]hurricanes for showin'
[G]Snakes how to swim and trees how to [C]lean
And the [F]shrimpers and their ladies are out in the beer joints
[C]Drinkin' 'em down for they sail with the [G]dawn
They're [F]bound for the Mexican bay of Campeche
And the [C]deck hands are singin' [G]"Adios, Jole [C]Blon"
[C]There's snow birds in search of that sun[F]shine and nightlife
Fond [G]of greasin' palms down the beach as they're [C]goin'
Ah, this livin' on the edge of the [F]waters of the world
The dignity of whoopin' cranes and the likes of Gilbert
[C]In the cars of my youth, how I tore [F]through those sand dunes
And [G]cut up my tires on them oyster shell [C]roads
But, nothin' lasts forever say the [F]old men in the shipyards
[G]Turnin' trees into shrimp boats; hell, I guess they oughta