Laura Mae and Fire and Water

Monte Selby lyrics to Laura Mae:

Laura Mae is your best friend

Always smile and say hello

Deliver groceries to your home

That’s my job, off I’d go

Twice a day, I’m on the go

My whole life, I’ve ridden my horse

Love to be a cowboy – rope and ride

Nearly 50 years, had the time of my life

But back as a kid, I had to bide my time

Mama had work, gotta bide my time

You see, Daddy had an accident on the farm

So Mama said we gotta make money somehow

A few years later what mama found was a

Grocery store in the middle of town

Right on Maine street, middle of town,  They’d say….

Laura Mae is your best friend

Always smile and say hello

Deliver groceries to your home

That’s my job, off I’d go

Twice a day, I’m on the go

Times back then were not like now

I’d walk’n your house to the kitchen floor

open your fridge and cabinet doors

I knew every house and so much more

Just a kid, but I knew much more

I knew who smoked, and who liked cheese

What they’d drink, and what they’d read (red)

Who baked cookies and homemade bread

They’d give me treats I’ll never forget

Christmas time, I was very well fed.  Because…

Laura Mae is your best friend

Always smile and say hello

Deliver groceries to your home

That’s my job, off I’d go

Twice a day, I’m on the go

 

Saturday night, farmers all come in

Some would trade their eggs and milk

We’d stay up late, get the orders filled

Charge the ticket to their bill

Charge the ticket to their bill

Some pay quick, some pay slow

Sell a few calves to get cash flow

Might take a year, to pay what they owe

Laura Mae just let it go

She’d been there too, years ago.  That’s why…

Laura Mae is your best friend

Always smile and say hello

Deliver groceries to your home

That’s my job, off I’d go

Twice a day, I’m on the go

Monte Selby lyrics to Fire and Water:

FIRE and WATER.

AS LONG AS HUMANS HAVE ROAMED THIS LAND

WE’VE GATHERED ROUND THE FIRE

PROVIDING WARMTH & TOOLS AND FOOD AND MORE THAT WE REQUIRE

WE BURN THE PRAIRIE TO BRING NEW GRASS

WE HEAT THE WATER THEN FILL OUR GLASS

THE CANDLE JUMPS AND THE CHILDREN LAUGH    FIRE

AS LONG AS HUMANS HAVE ROAMED THIS LAND

WE’VE SEARCHED FOR A WATER SOURCE

THE RIVER OR LAKE, THE CREEK OR SPRING,

FOR PEOPLE OR CATTLE OR HORSE

WE PRAY FOR RAIN TO WATER THE EARTH

TO GROW THE CROPS WE NEED

WE COOK AND BATHE AND CLEAN AND DRINK    WATER

 WARMTH AND WATER.  FIRE AND FLOOD.

 THEY’VE CHANGED THE LIVES OF ALL OF US  THE OVER ABUNDANCE OR LACK THEREOF  WARMTH AND WATER.  FIRE AND FLOOD.

THE COUNTRY CLUB WAS FILLED THAT NIGHT, A 50TH CELEBRATION

THE LOCAL MEN AND WOMAN DRESSED UP FOR THE SPECIAL OCCASION

ABOVE THE DOWNTOWN GROCERY STORE  

A MAN WAS TRYING TO CLEAN, 

REMOVING TAR FROM WORKING CLOTHES BY USING KEROSENE 

THE STOVE WAS CLOSE AND SOON THE SMOKE WAS BILLOWING ALARM

NOW EVERY MAN WAS THERE ON HAND TO SAVE THE TOWN FROM HARM   

IT’S CALLED THE FLOOD OF 51, THE SUMMER WAS BONE DRY

AND NOW THE RIVER OVERFLOWED, HAD NEVER BEEN THIS HIGH

THE STREETS REQUIRED FISHING BOATS TO RESCUE PEOPLE STILL

INSIDE THEIR HOMES, WHERE WATER FLOWED  ABOVE THE WINDOW SILL     WATER

 WARMTH AND WATER.  FIRE AND FLOOD.

THEY’VE CHANGED THE LIVES OF ALL OF US  THE OVER ABUNDANCE OR LACK THEREOF  WARMTH AND WATER. 

FIRE AND FLOOD.