Getting Down Gator Blues

Updated on August 9, 2018


Left my home up in Memphis, I traveled way down South,

Caught a bus headed there, a tooth missing in my mouth.

Got in a bar fight the night before, had to sleep on the floor,

Then that mean old bartender shoved me right out the door.



Gators on the left of me, snakes on my right,

Another story waiting on a dark bayou night.

Don't let that Gator Bayou get its hold on you,

Casts its spell, you know damn well, It's not the thing to do!


Just left my woman in Atlanta, she was too fast a gal for me,

Sometimes she scared me to death, she would not let me be.

My going on up that line not the right choice, as now it seems,

Wrecked my pick-up truck, I'm rolling on down to New Orleans.


Gators on the left of me, snakes on my right,

Another story waiting on a dark Bayou night.

Don't let that Gator Bayou get its hold on you,

Casts its spell, you know damn well, it's not the thing to do!


Tried to make a living catching gators, it got the best of me,

They're hiding in the swamp grass there, behind every tree.

If you want to lose an arm or hand, those gators will oblige,

I won't ever recommend the swamp, and in this, I will confide.


Gators on the left of me, snakes on the right,

Another story waiting on a dark bayou night.

Don't let that Gator Bayou get its hold on you,

Casts its spell, you know damn well, it's not the thing to do!


Now I'm heading to Abilene, heard a good way to make a buck,

It's about time I won, and can't fish no more, I'm about outta luck.

Never wish to make a living friend, catching gators in the swamp,

Without a hand, you can't play in a band, all it takes, one chomp.


Refrain:

Gators on the left of me, snakes on my right,

Another story waiting on a dark bayou night.

Don't let that Gator Bayou gets its hold on you,

Casts its spell, you know damn well, it's not the thing to do.

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    • whonunuwho profile imageAUTHOR

      whonunuwho 

      4 months ago from United States

      My thanks to Vladimir and Ralph for your fond review. Thanks for the support, my friends. whonu

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      whonunuwho 

      4 months ago from United States

      Thanks for the great review, my friend. Blessings. whonu

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      Ralph Schwartz 

      4 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

      Talk about a slice-of-life, window into a part of America, slick piece of writing....you'd better grab a guitar and start 'a strumming

      Very enjoyable piece of work!

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      Vladimir Karas 

      4 months ago from Canada

      Nice poem, brings up scenes of some movies depicting life down south with rough details making it authentic.

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