Copperhead Road (Key: G Major)
(Steve Earle) (Steve Earle and the Dukes)
Albums: Copperhead Road, Angry Young Man, The Road And The Sky
Well my name's John-Lee Pedemore,
Same as my daddy and his daddy before.
You hardly ever saw grand-daddy down here,
He only come a' town about twice a year.
He'd buy a hundred pounds of yeast and some copper line,
Everybody knew that he made moonshine.
And the revenue man wanted grand-daddy bad,
Headin' up a holler took everthing he had,
Before my time, well I've been told
You never come back from Copperhead Road.
Grand-daddy ran whisky in a big black Dodge,
Bought it in an auction at the Mason's Lodge.
"Johnson County Sherriff" painted on the side,
Just shot a coat of primer then he looked inside.
Well him and my uncle tore that engine down,
I still remember that rumbling sound.
And the sherriff came around in the middle of the night,
Heard momma crying, well something wasn't right,
Headed down to Knoxford with a weekly load
You can smell the whisky burning down Copperhead Road.
I volunteered for the army on my birthday,
Dragged the white trash first and cleared the way.
I've done two tours of duty at Vietnam,
I came home with a brand new plan.
I'd take seed from Columbia and Mexico,
I'd just shoot 'em up a holler down Copperhead Road.
And now the D.E.A.'s got a chopper in the air
Wake up screeming like I was back over there
I learned a thing or two from Charlie, don't you know
You'd better stay away from Copperhead Road.