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"Ballad of Purvis Greene"(hoopiejohn original)

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Published on Feb 14, 2009

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*My Album: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/hoopiejohn
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From my "outlaw country" period.

Since many have complained about my wearing bibbed overalls all the time, I decided to perform this in my "county issues", which seem more appropriate for this piece anyhow.

Interesting Links:

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition: http://www.leap.cc/cms/index.php

Tennessee Property Seizure Laws: http://tennessee.gov/sos/acts/100/pub...

Appalachia High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area:
http://www.justice.gov/ndic/pubs23/23...

Tennessee Governor's Task Force on Marijuana Eradication(A paramilitary force that includes the National Guard): http://www.tbi.state.tn.us/Drug_inves...

Penalties for Cultivation(Tennessee): http://norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=4...

Statistics on Domestic Marijuana Production, Top Ten States: http://www.drugscience.org/Archive/bc...

News: http://current.com/items/89112545/ten...

Note: I wear the ski mask so I won't get busted.

Played finger style on my 6-string National steel-bodied "ResoRocket Deluxe" resonator guitar.
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Lyrics and "Liner" Notes (for my Italian Friend, Melarancida):

First some explanation. I live in the Southern Appalachian mountains, one of the poorer geographical regions of the United States. There is a long tradition of some of the people here doing illegal things to supplement a meager standard of living. One such tradition is that of making "moonshine", an illegal and untaxed corn whiskey. Another more recent activity is that of growing marijuana.

The climate is temperate and well-suited to this activity, and the terrain here is rugged and forested, making concealment of "gardens" easy, and access difficult.

Anti-drug enforcement includes a paramilitary force comprised of state, and federal authorities, and even elements of the National Guard complete with patrolling helicopters. (Sort of like a combined force of the Polizia di Stato, Carabinieri, and the Corpo Forestale dello Stato, in your country).

This song is about our poor "hillbilly" (a derogatory term for Appalachian people) who tried to supplement his modest living by growing this plant, but got "busted" and a farm that had been in his family for generations, seized by state authorities.

"Ballad of Purvis Greene"

Way up on the mountain not far from here,
There's some vegetation growing that the People fear,
Cause it makes you laugh,
And the laws forbid this weed to have.
Yes, it makes you laugh,
And the laws forbid this weed to have.

I promised my folks before they died,
That I'd keep the family farm and I've always tried,
But when money's low,
You know what crop this poor man grows.
Yes when money's low,
You know what crop this poor man grows.

Made just enough to stay ahead of broke,
Without that crop there'da been no hope;
You know it's awful hard,
To make a living off a worn-out hillside farm;
Yeah, it's awful hard,
To make a living off a worn-out hillside farm;

I never thought it was a serious crime,
To help your family and your farm survive;
Cause it hurts no one,
For them that use it, harmless fun.
Cause it hurts no one,
For them that use it, harmless fun.

Off my back porch I seen helicopters buzz,
And the back road's blocked by the swat team fuzz,
All to do me harm,
Imprison me, and take my farm.
All to do me harm,
Imprison me, and take my farm.

Seized and sold for half its price,
They took my land and my way of life,
And for all they done,
You know locking me up didn't stop it none,
And for all they done,
You know locking me up didn't stop it none.

Well marijuana smoke ain't blowin' away,
I'm here to tell you its around to stay;
So I wanna know,
Why can't they just leave us alone?
So I wanna know,
Why can't they just leave us alone?

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