I Never Been To Texas

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Well it might not be too clever and it might not be too smart
but I try to make my living playing songs on this guitar
Travel round the country, livin’ barely mouth to hand
make just enough to feed my band

I play jazz & blues & country music, sometimes rock ‘n’roll
I’ll play anything they ask for, cos it’s all good for your soul
but a funny thing I noticed, that I think it’s fair to say to say
is all the places that I sing about are in the USA...

But I never been to Texas, nor to San Francisco Bay
& I never done Route 66, Chicago to L.A.
I don’t get the blues in Baton Rouge, nor Memphis, Tennessee
& Alabama’s no sweet home for me

& I never take the ‘A’ Train up to Harlem or to Queens
never played a rag on 12th street nor a house in New Orleans
I don’t set my watch to Tulsa time, & Georgia’s never on my mind
& I never met the Rose of San Antone

But I like to play this music every time I get the chance
and I don‘t care if they wanna drink or talk or fight or dance
if there’s a western swing band up in Heaven, ‘less I’m wrong
when they play them songs about Texas, they gonna let me sing along

so I won’t go back to Massachusetts, Maryland nor Maine
I don’t know the way to San Jose, nor Amarillo same
there’s lots of pretty girls in Arizona, so I’m told, but
by the time time I get to Phoenix, I’ll be way too old

and I won’t be going to Jackson, I’m not Mississippi bound
& I’m not going to Carolina, in my mind or on the ground
& they say the lights are always bright on Broadway, but I find
I’m never in that New York state of mind.....

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from Let's Have Friends Around For Dinner, track released January 31, 2016

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Andrew London New Zealand

New Zealand singer/songwriter of mainly (but not exclusively) satirical original songs in a mainly (but not exclusively) 1940s swing genre.

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