Greg Graffin:California Cotton Fields

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“California Cotton Fields”
Artist: Greg Graffin
Albums: Cold As The Clay (2006)
Composers: Dallas Frazier, Earl Montgomery
Lyricists: Dallas Frazier, Earl Montgomery


My driftin' memory goes back to the spring of '42 when I was just a child in Momma's arms
My Daddy plowed the fields and prayed and did all he could do to save that broke-down Oklahoma farm

Then one night I heard my Daddy sayin' to my Momma they've finally saved enough for us to go
California was his dream, a paradise that he had seen in pictures and the magazines had told him so

California cotton fields where labor camps were filled with worried men and broken dreams
California cotton fields was as close to wealth as Daddy ever came

Almost everything we owned was sold or left behind, from Daddy's tools to the fruit that Momma canned
Some folks came to say farewell and see what all we had to sell, some just came to shake my Daddy's hand

Well, the model T was loaded down and California bound and the dream of hope was just four days away
But the only change that I remember seein' in my Daddy was when his brown hair turned to silver grey

California cotton fields where labor camps were filled with worried men and broken dreams
California cotton fields was as close to wealth as Daddy ever came

California cotton fields where labor camps were filled with worried men and broken dreams
California cotton fields was as close to wealth as Daddy ever came
Was as close to wealth as Daddy ever came
Was as close to wealth as Daddy ever came