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Shovel - Doug Gallob
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|Genre||Description||Themes, Moods, Comments||Additional Info|
|Country||Song about the joys of working in the dirt.||working, shovel, buiding fence, digging ditch, weary, but joyful,||
(verse 1) I was born with a shovel I came out with a piece of rope I hit the ground in leather boots For dyin rich I could never hope I been building fence all day I been buckin bales of hay Ill be diggin ditch til Im old and gray And while Im diggin I will say: (chorus:) Yodelayee odeloo Yodelayee odeloo Yodelayee odeloo ooh ooh ooh ooh (verse 2) I offered up a sacrifice of blood On the barbed wire altar of the fencing gods From sinew to callous to steel to stone I pray my point will find its home A quarter mile on a good day Of settin posts in the hot sun ray Keep them cows in and make em stay And while Im diggin I will say: (repeat chorus) (verse 3) It may rain in Nashville But here, theres only dust But that dusty cloud has a silver lining: We dont get much rust Water will go where you tell it to go If you learn to talk with a shovel To make that winter hay grow high Will bend your back near double (bridge) God, Im in love with the rocks and the dirt and the dust on this land Youll all have to wait til I die To pry this shovel from my hands (repeat chorus)
Recorded by Just Desserts: Doug Gallob: vocals, bass Bill Chapman: vocals, mandolin Tom Chapman: vocals, guitar Jim Loats: vocals, Dobro
I had the chorus chords and the yodeling melody and I knew it was about a guy working. About that time I went back to help my dad, who is a rancher, cowboy, veterinarian, with some ranch work. After that the rest of the song wrote itself.
-- Doug Gallob