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City Boys (Album Version)

Patti Scialfa

My Auntie Mabel
1953
Left her Minnesota dirt farm
To see what she could see
In a letter to her mother
Telling her what she enjoyed
Said there's nothing
In the whole wide world
Like a city boy

1987
Took Daddy's Cadillac
I drove it to Chicago
Never brought it back
Well all these years later
I'm still unemployed

Oh well there's nothing
In the whole wide world
Like a city boy

My granddaddy
Had long grey hair
Silver cane
And a rocking chair
Tapped that cane
On a wooden floor
Saying
"Take what you're given
And then ask for more"

Well now, baby
What do you think of that
Can you make a woman
Out of an alley cat
Can you take the agitation
And not get annoyed

Oh well there's nothing
In the whole wide world
Like a city boy
Now my Auntie Mabel
She plays the dominoes

Way down South
Where the yucca plant grows
Drinking whiskey
Out of Coca-Cola bottles
Smoking Viceroys
Still swears there's nothing
In the whole wide world
Like a city boy
Those city boys
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