Copperhead Road

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Steve Earle

Steve Earle ( /ˈɜrl/; born Stephen Fain Earle on January 17, 1955) is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, author and actor. Earle grew up near San Antonio, Texas, and began learning the guitar at age 11. more »

Well my name's John Lee Pettimore 
Same as my daddy and his daddy before
You hardly ever saw Grandaddy down here
He only come to town about twice a year

He'd buy a hundred pounds of yeast and some copper line
 Everybody knew that he made moonshine 
Now the revenue man wanted Grandaddy bad
He headed up the holler with everything he had
'Fore my time but I've been told
He never come back from Copperhead Road

Now Daddy ran the whiskey in a big black Dodge
 Bought it at an auction at the Mason's Lodge  Johnson County Sheriff 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 rumblin' sound 
When the sheriff came around in the middle of the night  Heard mama cryin', knew something wasn't right 
He was headed down to Knoxville with the weekly load
You could smell the whiskey burnin' down Copperhead Road

I volunteered for the Army on my birthday 
They draft the white trash first,'round here anyway 
I done two tours of duty in Vietnam 
I came home with a brand new plan
I take the seed from Columbia and Mexico 
I just plant it up the holler down Copperhead Road
And now the D.E.A.'s got a chopper in the air
I wake up screaming like I'm back over there 
I learned a thing or two from Charlie don't you know
You better stay away from Copperhead Road

 Copperhead Road
 Copperhead Road
 Copperhead Road

Written by: STEVE EARLE

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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