Mike's Big Book of Songs

Interstate 10 - This Town

this town has gone down hill fast
it's all boarded windows and broken glass
somebody let that big dog out
and no-one gives a man the benefit of the doubt

i'm parnell brown and i lived in this town
when i was still in my teens
i ran that levee when i was training heavily
to get into the basket ball teams
i've caught crawfish in the canal
which ran where those buildings are stood
they bit me hard and left me scarred
but damn didn't the taste good

this town...

there was a time i could park in this hood
and not even lock my car
i had respect in the housing project
'cause i was the basket ball star
i lived in that shot gun house
the one by st claude bridge
look hard and imagine that yard
if it wasn't full of the neighbor's garbage

this town has gone down hill fast
it's all boarded windows and unmown grass
there are things you don't know about
so give a stranger the benefit of the doubt

i moved to florida to play college ball
I've been away twelve years
only came back here last fall
and i tell you

this town has gone down hill fast
its all boarded windows and broken glass
the guns are all one talks about
and no one gives a man the benefit of the doubt

©1994 Mike West

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