Yankee Doodle Went Home

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lyrics

Yankee Doodle Went Home

Yankee Doodle went home
about 4 or 5 years ago
he couldn’t keep it up anymore
how long’d you expect him to go

I heard his pony got tired
after seventeen years the pony laid down and died
Yankee Doodle bought a Ford
and drove it up to New York

But the girls don’t like his hands
no he never was a handy man
when the juke box stopped
Yankee Doodle couldn’t make it work again
it doesn’t matter even if he could
he couldn’t dance

There’s hard luck going ‘round
Yankee Doodle had to get out of town
but with his pony gone his Ford got a flat
and there’s Yankee Doodle with a feather in his hat

On the side of the road
thumbin down truckers like old Tom Joad
but the trucks don’t stop he don’t wanna walk
so Yankee Doodle sits down and waits for better luck
but it never comes no it never comes

He looks down at his hands
no he never was a handy man
never tried too hard when things get broke
he’s not trying to fight with how things go
but there he’s sitting on the side of the road
and that’s no way, no
you gotta get up and go

So Yankee Doodle went home
about 4 or 5 years ago
he couldn’t keep it up anymore
how long’d you expect him to go
well he couldn’t keep it up anymore
so Yankee Doodle went home

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from Country Songs, released October 14, 2016

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Karen Jonas Fredericksburg, Virginia

Karen Jonas’s intensely personal songwriting first grabbed national attention with the release of her critically acclaimed 2014 debut album “Oklahoma Lottery.” Three years of non-stop touring with her guitarist Tim Bray have produced a smoldering live act that’s left audiences breathless across the country, culminating in their much-anticipated sophomore release “Country Songs." ... more

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