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a preacher is talking to a tobacco farmer
and the preacher says, "i don't think i've seen you in church"
the farmer says, "well some of us gotta work"
so the preacher says, "well son you're gonna burn in hell for eternity"
the farmer says, "wait a minute, you're tellin' me..."

i'm gonna burn I'm gonna burn
put my ashes in a silver urn
show my children so they will learn
ain't no reward for a good turn
all your hard work all that you earn
are a few kind words at the end of your term
"he was a good man, but he's gonna burn
he gonna burn he gonna burn
but his ashes in a silver urn
he was a good man but he's gonna burn"

the farmer says to the preacher,
"i love my wife, i am not an adulterer
am i a bad man?"
the preacher says, "no"
so the farmer says, "i work out in the field all day
my back is bent, I'm not proud
am i a bad man?"
preacher says, "no"
finally the farmer says, "the other day a fella came by
looking for a days work and a hot meal
i took him in, am i a bad man?"
preacher says, "no"
so the farmer says, "i don't get it
you're sayin' on the level
I'm going straight to the devil?"
preacher says, "yup
you're gonna burn..."

finally the farmer looks the preacher up and down
and says, "you know what
I'm a farmer, i work out doors all day
i am accustomed to the heat
but preacher you got a bald head
and tender feet
you know what that means
you're gonna burn..."

©2000 Mike West

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