Endless Hole (John Prine) Here's a story of a man and his family and a big trip that they took I heard all about it in a restaurant and I read it in a history book. They rented a car at the Erie Canal bu the car didn't have no brake Said Ma to Pa "My God this car is gonna fall in the bottomless lake " (2x) Ma turned to Daddy with a pale face, said "I've done something terribly wrong The water's still runnin' in the bathtub And I think I left the kitchen light on." Then I heard a crash, the car went splash And the compas rolled around. "Oh for heavens sake we fell in the lake And I think we're all gonna drown (2X) CHO: We are falling down, down to the bottom of a hole in the ground Smoke 'em if you got 'em I'm so scared I can hardly breathe I may never see my sweetheart again There was plent of food in the back seat And the windows were rolled up tight So w all nibbled on a chicken leg And told stories way thru the night Pa told one that he told before And the baby got a bellyache Said Ma to Pa, "My God, this car is gonna fall ... Papa played the music on the radio Mama rocked the baby to sleep He said he would've taken the other road But he didn't think the lake was that deep If the ferry'd been there at the end of the pier We'd be half way to uncle Jake's Instead of lookin' at fish out the windows I wish we'd hit the bottom of ... So if you're ever goin' on a big trip Ya better be careful out there start everything out on your good foot And wear clean underwear Take along a Bible in the back seat Read of David and of Solomon For if you make a mistake in the bottomless lake You may never see your sweetheart again. Copyright John Prine XX OCT98
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