Grapes of Wrath 75 Project

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John Steinbeck Grapes Celebrate 75 Anniversary Steinbeck Classic Pulitzer Novel

 

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I Feel Like Muley Graves Today (R. Halverson)


I feel like Muley Graves today               

I'm staying behind preserve the ways 

the things that I've known have gone away 

memories are here to stay 


I feel like Muley Graves today 

go along without me is what I say 

I'll be here alone with these dogs 

rest my head where I lay 


a Luddite has his hell to pay

for challenging the modern way 

for staying behind when they all jump

onto the truck and go away 


I feel like Muley Graves today 

I'm staying back preserve the ways 

the things that I've known have gone away 

memories are here to stay 


a generation moves away 

technology has led the way 

the familiar dark is where I'll stay 

because I feel like Muley Graves today 


I feel like Muley Graves today 

I'm staying back preserve the ways 

the things that I've known have gone away 

memories are here to stay





Sugarite (A. Moore)


Sugarite, sugarite.  you’re on my mind

Sugarite, sugarite.  Yeah, all of the time


Stumbling on my knees   through this big world

Pondering which direction I should take

When every sign seems like the right one
Am I following my instincts  Am I making a mistake


Sugarite, sugarite. You're deep in my soul

Sugarite, sugarite. I'm already home

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah


Following darkness.  It's feelin' more like home

Pining for the lightning   I keep reaching through the rain

I can't help but call your name


Sugarite, sugarite It's been a long, long road

Sugarite, sugarite I'm growing old

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah

Sugarite, sugarite. You're on my mind
Sugarite, sugarite. Yeah, all of the time





I’m Comin’ to Californy (A. Bobruk)


Here comes the dust storm

Watch the sky turn blue

You better get out quick

Or it will smother you


California

Here I come

With a coffee pot and a skillet

I'm a-comin' to you


Here comes the grasshopper

He comes jumpin high

He jumps across the state

And never bats and Eye


Here comes the river

It surely knows its stuff

It takes home and cattle

And leaves the people feelin' tough


  California

  Here I come too

  With a coffee pot and a skillet

  I'm a-comin' to you

  Californy

  Here I come too

  With a coffee pot and a skillet

  I'm coming to you California


Solo


Nothing left for us

In Oklahoma

Nothing left at all for us

to eat or do


There's apples nuts oranges

and Santa Claus is real

Come to California

Eat and eat until you get your fill

Come on to California

Eat and eat till you get your fill





Half of That (R. Halverson)


Lady Mae wiping tables and taking truckers orders 

another day's traffic and another days flack

The pickers ask for bread but she doesn't have a lot 

ain't got much but she'll give you half of that


Big Bill sits and watches from the corner table 

was that the family he hired at the habitat 

yeah he throws down twice as much as his pocket is able 

says he ain't got much but he'll give you half of that


The peach pickers walkin up the hill with his buckets 

says he's needing some work for him and his cousins 

he arrives at the gate with a question to ask 

says we only got 6 but we'll work like a dozen


   Oh they don't have a lot

   but they'll give away half 

   because the wallet is thin 

   but Lord the soul is fat


The crates are piled high gotta get them on the truck 

to Big Bill and his tractors at the end of each day 

"he'll pay us for them all if we have any luck"

"or he'll pay us for half and we'll sleep where we lay 


Lady Mae wiping tables and taking truckers orders 

another days traffic and another day's flack 

yeah the kids all ask for candy but she doesn't have a lot 

she ain't got much but she'll give them half of that


Big Bill sits and watches from the corner table

was that the family he hired at the habitat 

yeah he throws down twice as much as his pocket is able 

says he ain't got much but he'll give you half of that



Rock A Bye Dustbowl (A. Bobruk)


Rock a bye baby

rock a my soul

let sweet sleep come while the duster rolls

on and on

the duster rolls


one grain of sand child

one ray of hope

there's love in your eyes though the black clouds roll

on and on

the black clouds roll


the precious book tells us

his word makes us whole

my faith is sure as the tumble weed rolls

on and on

the tumble weed rolls


there's milk in the cow pail

and a fistful of coal

we'll keep on a truckin' like the tractor rolls

on and on

the tractor rolls


so rock a bye baby

rock a my soul

Let sweet sleep come while the duster rolls

on and on

and on and




Rose of Sharon (R. Halverson)

do you know                 

what your gonna do with your life         

you’ve opened the door      

you’ve opened the door         


do you know

who your gonna take on your trip

when it comes along

without a sound to you


    and you might as not even try

    to imagine when or why     

    it will all become clear to you      

    like a cardinal in the sky     

                     


do you know

who your gonna let into your world

begin to relate

what you contemplate


and you can see

where your new direction begins

it starts at your feet

it starts at your feet