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There Oughtta Be A Highway

from A Crooked Line (2001) by Darryl Purpose



be careful what you wish for


I'm riding 'cross this wastelandSix days west of a town called Cheyenne
Got a map and a compas, a horse and a gun
Gonna find me some gold in the California sun

Now this old horse she's made good timeBut now we got these mountains to climbI got everything I own in these saddlebags
But they're weighing her down, she's starting to drag
There oughtta be a highway  Through these hillsSome prairie schooners with eighteen wheelsAnd a million horsepower for to carry your loadYes there oughtta be a highway, there oughtta be a road
Now I'm hungry and tired, thirsty as wellNeeding a warm bath, feeling like hellAnd I ain't seen a woman since I don't know whenI been talking to myself like a crazy man
There oughtta be a highway I hope they build one soonAnd every few miles a big saloonAnd a hot meal and a woman for to hold your handYes there oughtta be a highway, running through this land
There oughtta be a highway, six lanes wideWith some green and white road signs along the sideTo measure the miles, for to be your guideYes there oughtta be a highway the whole country wide
Now I''m thinking back to when I hit Saint LouI'd come a long ways and I thought I was throughBut those friendly people they welcomed me inAnd they said don't stop now, go west young man
And there oughtta be a highway over this landWith a way to get on and get off againAnd welcoming arches, fossil fuel on demandThere oughtta be a highway There oughtta be a highwayThere oughtta be a highway over this land


from A Crooked Line (2001), released January 1, 2001
written by Darryl Purpose and Robert Morgan Fisher
Banjo: Dave Carter
Background Vocals: Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer
Pedal Dobro: Dan Tyack
Bass: Keith Lowe
Drums: Todd Gray
farfisa: Evan Brubaker




Darryl Purpose Portland, Oregon

Darryl went to Las Vegas at 19 and became a professional blackjack player, which he still calls the 'only real job I've ever had'. He is a member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame.
Since 1996, he has toured extensively and released 8 albums of original music.
Darryl's last two albums spent weeks at #1 on the RMR radio charts. Next Time Around and Still The Birds
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