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    "Big Rock Candy Mountain" Lyrics

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    Burl Ives - Big Rock Candy Mountain

    1. On a summer day
    In the month of May
    A burly bum came hiking
    Down a shady lane
    Through the sugar cane
    He was looking for his liking
    As he roamed along
    He sang a song
    Of the land of milk and honey
    Where a bum can stay
    For many a day
    And he won't need any money

    Chorus:
    Oh the buzzin' of the bees
    In the cigarette trees
    Near the soda water fountain
    At the lemonade springs
    Where the bluebird sings
    On the big rock candy mountain

    2. There's a lake of gin
    We can both jump in
    And the handouts grow on bushes
    In the new-mown hay
    We can sleep all day
    And the bars all have free lunches
    Where the mail train stops
    And there ain't no cops
    And the folks are tender-hearted
    Where you never change your socks
    And you never throw rocks
    And your hair is never parted
    Chorus:
    3. Oh, a farmer and his son,
    They were on the run
    To the hay field they were bounding
    Said the bum to the son,
    "Why don't you come
    To that big rock candy mountain?"
    So the very next day
    They hiked away,
    The mileposts they were counting
    But they never arrived
    At the lemonade tide
    On the big rock candy mountain
    Chorus:

    1. One evening as the sun went down
    And the jungle fires were burning,
    Down the track came a hobo hiking,
    He said, "Boys, I'm not turning
    I'm heading for a land that's far away
    Beside the crystal fountain
    I'll see you all this coming fall
    In the Big Rock Candy Mountain
    Chorus:

    2. In the Big Rock Candy Mountain,
    It's a land that's fair and bright,
    The handouts grow on bushes
    And you sleep out every night.
    The boxcars all are empty
    And the sun shines every day
    I'm bound to go
    Where there ain't no snow
    Where the sleet don't fall
    And the winds don't blow
    In the Big Rock Candy Mountain.
    Chorus:

    3. In the Big Rock Candy Mountain
    You never change your socks
    And little streams of alkyhol
    Come trickling down the rocks
    O the shacks all have to tip their hats
    And the railway bulls are blind
    There's a lake of stew
    And ginger ale too
    And you can paddle
    All around it in a big canoe
    In the Big Rock Candy Mountain
    Chorus:
    4. In the Big Rock Candy Mountain
    The cops have wooden legs
    The bulldogs all have rubber teeth
    And the hens lay soft-boiled eggs
    The box-cars all are empty
    And the sun shines every day
    I'm bound to go
    Where there ain't no snow
    Where the sleet don't fall
    And the winds don't blow
    In the Big Rock Candy Mountain.
    Chorus:

    5. In the Big Rock Candy Mountain,
    The jails are made of tin.
    You can slip right out again,
    As soon as they put you in.
    There ain't no short-handled shovels,
    No axes, saws nor picks,
    I'm bound to stay
    Where you sleep all day,
    Where they hung the jerk
    That invented work
    In the Big Rock Candy Mountain.
    Chorus:
    This song was submitted on December 20th, 2005.
    Copyright with Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Emi Music Publishing, Sony/atv Music Publishing Llc.
    Written by Elie Siegmeister, Walter F. Kerr.
    Lyrics licensed by LyricFind.

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