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Do Re Mi

Woody Guthrie


  Los Angeles CA - january 2009  

Lots of folks back east they say
Leaving home every day
Beatin' the hot old dusty way to the California line
Across the desert sands they roll
They getting out of the old dust bowl
They think they're going to a sugar bowl
But here's what they find
Oh the police at the port of entry say,
"You're number fourteen thousand for today."

Ah, if you ain't got the do re mi, boys
If you ain't got the do re mi
Better go on back to beautiful Texas,
Oklahoma, Kansas, Georgia, Tennessee.
California is a garden of eden
A paradise to live in or see
But believe it or not
You won't find it so hot
If you ain't got the do re mi.

You want to buy a house or a farm
That won't do nobody harm
Or take your vacation by the mountain or the sea.
Don't swap your old cow for a car
Better stay right where you are
You had better take this tip from me.
Cause I read every want ad every day
And the headlines on the papers always say

If you ain't got the do re mi, boys
You ain't got the do re mi
Then go on back to beautiful Texas,
Oklahoma, Kansas, Georgia, Tennessee.
California is a garden of eden
A paradise to live in or see
But believe it or not
You won't find it so hot
If you ain't got the do re mi.  up