Levon Helm, Growing Trade Lyrics

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Levon Helm - Growing Trade Lyrics


I worked the land to raise a family
Ďtil I was weary to the bone
But hard labor never bothered me
Lord, itís all Iíve ever known

Too many seasons of calamity
And too much interest on the loan
Iím half the size that I used to be
And half of that is stone

The crops ainít worth the seeding
10 will only get you 5
The livestock Iím a-feeding
I can hardly keep them alive
Iíve got to do what I can to survive

I know the law wonít be forgiving
But thatíll be the choice I make
I used to farm for a living
And now Iím in the growing trade

The summer beauty of the cotton field
Was like a view from heavenís door
My granddaddy said that harvest time
Was what the good lord made us for

I guess heíd wonder whereís the dignity
In a crop you raise to burn
But this land is my legacy
I got nowhere else to turn

Shotgun on my shoulder
Where a tote sack ought to be
The thieves are getting bolder
And the feds may be watching me
Iíve got to quit this eventually

I know the law wonít be forgiving
But thatíll be the choice I make
I used to farm for a living
But now Iím in the growing trade

Helicopters in the distance
Coming closer everyday
Theyíre going to meet some resistance
Ainít no price too big to pay
There wonít be any difference
When they take it all away
Between a cot in the jail house
And a bed beneath the clay
I guess thereís nothing to do now but pray

I know the law wonít be forgiving
But thatíll be the choice I make
I used to farm for a living
And now Iím in the growing trade

[Thanks to Ray G for lyrics]


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