Last Trip To Tulsa

Album: Neil Young (1969)
  • Well, I used to drive a cab, you know
    I heard a siren scream
    Pulled over to the corner
    And I fell into a dream
    There were two men eating pennies
    And three young girls who cried
    The West coast is falling
    I see rocks in the sky
    The preacher took his bible
    And laid it on the stool
    He said: with the congregation running
    Why should I play the fool?

    Well, I used to be a woman, you know
    I took you for a ride
    I let you fly my airplane
    It looked good for your pride
    'Cause you're the kind of man you know
    Who likes what he says
    I wonder what's it's like
    To be so far over my head
    Well, the lady made the wedding
    And she brought along the ring
    She got down on her knees
    And said: Let's get on with this thing

    Well, I used to be a folk singer
    Keeping managers alive,
    When you saw me on a corner
    And told me I was jive
    So I unlocked your mind, you know
    To see what I could see
    If you guarantee the postage
    I'll mail you back the key
    Well I woke up in the morning
    With an arrow through my nose
    There was an Indian in the corner
    Tryin' on my clothes

    Well, I used to be asleep you know
    With blankets on my bed
    I stayed there for a while
    'Til they discovered I was dead
    The coroner was friendly
    And I liked him quite a lot
    If I hadn't 've been a woman
    I guess I'd never have been caught
    They gave me back my house and car
    And nothing more was said
    Well, I was driving down the freeway
    When my car ran out of gas
    Pulled over to the station
    But I was afraid to ask
    The servicemen were yellow
    And the gasoline was green
    Although I knew I couldn't
    I thought that I was gonna scream
    That was on my last trip to Tulsa
    Just before the snow
    If you ever need a ride there
    Be sure to let me know

    I was chopping down a palm tree
    When a friend dropped by to ask
    If I would feel less lonely
    If he helped me swing the axe
    I said: No, it's not a case of being lonely
    We have here
    I've been working on this palm tree
    For eighty seven years
    I said: No, it's not a case of being lonely
    We have here
    I've been working on this palm tree
    For eighty seven years
    He said: Go get lost!
    And walked towards his Cadillac
    I chopped down the palm tree
    And it landed on his back


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