• I've been balling a shiny black steel jack-hammer
    Been chipping up rocks for the great highway
    I'll live five years if I take my time
    Balling that jack and drinking my wine

    I been chipping them rocks from dawn till doom
    While my rider hide my bottle in the other room (note 1)
    Doctor say better stop balling that jack
    If I live five years I'm gonna bust my back, yes I will (note 2)

    Easy wind, cross the Bayou today (note 3)
    'Cause there's a whole lotta women, Mama
    Out in red on the streets today (note 4)
    And the river keeps a talking
    But you never heard a word it said

    Gotta find a woman be good to me
    Won't hide my liquor try, to serve me tea
    'Cause I'm a stone jack baller and my heart is true
    And I'll give everything that I got to you, yes I will

  • Annie laid her head down in the roses
    She had ribbons, ribbons, ribbons in her long brown hair
    I don't know, maybe it was the roses
    All I know, I could not leave her there

    I don't know, it must have been the roses
    The roses or the ribbons in her long brown hair
    I don't know, maybe it was the roses
    All I know, I could not leave her there

    Ten years the waves rolled the ships home from the sea
    Thinking well how it may blow in all good company
    If I tell another what your own lips told to me
    Let me lay 'neath the roses and my eyes no longer see

    One pane of glass in the window
    No one is complaining, though, come in and shut the door
    Faded is the crimson from the ribbons that she wore
    And it's strange how no one comes round any more