Patchwork River

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jim Lauderdale

Heard Joe Farmer say, 'scuse me please
Those were the days, but so are these
Pull over, Pa, turn off the key
Let's go walkin', just you and me
Sometimes always, sometimes never
Been this way damn near forever
Promises that don't deliver
Let's set down to Patchwork River
Patchwork River, Patchwork River
Me and Joe Farmer walked down together
Talk about hopes, talk about schemes
Talk about salvaging some of our dreams

Heard Joe Farmer say, if I may
Serve you breakfast on a supper tray
Got no eggs, but I saved some shell
Lost the clapper, but I found the bell
This man's father is that man's son
Brothers and sisters has he none
Look in the shaving glass, what's he see?
Looks like mama, but it talks like me
Patchwork River, Patchwork River
Me and Joe Farmer walked down together
Tell a few jokes at our own expense
'Bout life on the other side of the fence

Heard Joe Farmer say, don't be shy
Same rules apply as in days gone by
Styles may vary, and the lingo bend
What it all boils down to in the end
Pay your dues and take your chance
Don't mistake hunger for romance
Foregiveness is nifty, but enough's enough
When they keep on pulling that same old stuff
Patchwork River, Patchwork River
Me and Joe Farmer walked down together
Talk about wealth and the worry it brings
Lack of satisfaction, and other things

Vision is simple by moonlight
Everyting black and white
No colors to construe
Just a range of black and blue
Softer tones, fewer voices
Freedom from too many choices
New born moon a silver sliver
Gleaming on the Patchwork River

Heard Joe Farmer say, just in case
You feel like cuttin' right to the chase
I would never stand in your way
But there's one thing I want to say
What you do for love alone will last
The rest just clutters up your past
If you don't know that much by now
You never gonna learn it anyhow
Patchwork River, Patchwork River
Me and Joe Farmer walked down together
Talk about hopes, talk about schemes
Talk about salvaging some of our dreams

Patchwork River, flowing with song
Patchwork clouds are drifting along
Talk about hopes, talk about schemes
Talk about salvaging some of our dreams
Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     2010 Patchwork River Jim Laudersale