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Flatlanders - Homeland Refugee (Chord)
Submitter: lmofle (138) on 7/18/09 1 comment
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Homeland Refugee
By The Flatlanders
Butch Hancock, Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore
CD: Hills and Valleys
Tabbed by Larry Mofle

With a backpack full of yesterdays
On a freeway full of smoke and haze
          C                                  Dm
Where the power lines and fault lines double cross
I left our yellow porch light on
No one will notice no oneís home
    C                                Dm
And no one else will notice what was lost

I lost my home when the deal went bust
To the so-called security and trust
I planned my life the way they said I should
I sent my wife and kids ahead
Iím right behind you, so I said
Iíll be there when I get there if thatís good

        F           G              C 
Now Iím leaving California for the dust bowl
     F                    G               C
They took it all, thereís nowhere else to go
    F                      C       C/B    Am
The pastures of plenty are burning by the sea
F          Dm           G 
Iím just a homeland refugee

Thereís a plastic sack by a barbwire fence
A burned out beer truck full of dents
A dried up stock pond by an old canal
Between the towns the desert sands
Filling up with empty cans
Container trains, casinos and canals


My Grandpa used to tell about
The way the bankers drove them out
In the wind and the dust in the crash of Ď29
They crossed the desert headed west
They swore that it was for the best
They reassured the ones they left behind

Thereís some refugees from Mexico
Behind an abandoned Texaco
We nod and smile, itís clear weíre all the same
For everything this world is worth
Weíre all just migrants on this earth
Returning to the dust from where we came 

 Comments (click here to add a non-facebook comment)
Excellent tab, Larry, dead on as usual. What a great song -- sort of like Woody Guthrie meets Hank Jr. -- what went wrong with this country?
-Buckaru2 | 7/23/2009
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