16 Shells From A Thirty-Ought-Six


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I plugged 16 shells from a thirty-ought-six
and a Black Crow snuck through
a hole in the sky
so I spent all my buttons on an
old pack mule
and I made me a ladder from
a pawn shop marimba

and I leaned it up against
a dandelion tree
Chorus
I’m gonna whittle you into kindlin’
Black Crow 16 shells from a thirty-ought-six
whittle you into kindlin’
Black Crow 16 shells from a thirty-ought-six

And I filled me a sachel
full of old pig corn
and I beat me a billy
from an old French horn
and I kicked that mule
to the top of the tree
and I blew me a hole
’bout the size of a kickdrum
and I cut me a switch
from a long branch elbow

Chorus
I’m gonna whittle you into kindlin’
Black Crow 16 shells from a thirty-ought-six
whittle you into kindlin’
Black Crow 16 shells from a thirty-ought-six

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Well I slept in the holler
of a dry creek bed
and I tore out the buckets
from a red Corvette, tore out the buckets from a red Corvette
Lionel and Dave and the Butcher made three
you got to meet me by the knuckles of the skinnybone tree
with the strings of a Washburn
stretched like a clothes line
you know me and that mule scrambled right through the hole

Repeat Chorus

Now I hold him prisoner
in a Washburn jail
that stapped on the back
of my old kick mule
strapped it on the back of my old kick mule
I bang on the strings just
to drive him crazy
I strum it loud just to rattle his cage
strum it loud just to rattle his cage

Repeat Chorus

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~ by chikamaru777 on 10 September, 2007.

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