Dust Bowl Song Lyrics

10,000 Maniacs

10,000 Maniacs Blind Man’s Zoo cover art
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I should know to leave them home. They follow me through the store with these toys I can't afford. "Kids, take them back, you know better than that." Dolls that talk, astronauts, T.V. games, airplanes, they don't understand and how can I explain? I try and try but I can't save. Pennies, nickels, dollars slip away. I've tried and tried but I can't save.
My youngest girl has bad fever, sure. All night with alcohol to cool and rub her down. Ruby, I'm tired, try and get some sleep. I'm adding doctor's fees to remedies with the cost of three day's work lost. I try and try but I can't save. Pennies, nickels, dollars slip away. I've tried and tried but I can't save. The hole in my pocketbook is growing.
There's a new wind blowing they say, it's gonna be a cold, cold one. So brace yourselves my darlings, it won't bring anything much our way but more dust bowl days.
I played a card in this weeks game. Took the first and the last letters in three of their names. This lottery's been building up for weeks. I could be lucky me with the five million prize, tears of disbelief spilling out of my eyes. I try and try but I can't save. Pennies, nickels, dollars slip away. I've tried and tried but I can't save. The hole in my pocketbook is growing.
There's a new wind blowing they say, it's gonna be a cold, cold one. So brace yourselves my darlings, it won't bring anything much our way but more dust bowl days.

Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 Eat for Two
  • 2 Please Forgive Us
  • 3 The Big Parade
  • 4 Trouble Me
  • 5 You Happy Puppet
  • 6 Headstrong
  • 7 Poison in the Well
  • 8 Dust Bowl
  • 9 The Lion’s Share
  • 10 Hateful Hate
  • 11 Jubilee


  • credits


    album: Track 8 in album Blind Man’s Zoo
    release date: 1989-5-16
    popularity : 76 users have visited this page.
    length: 4:13
    producer: Peter Asher
    drums: Jerome Augustyniak
    piano: Dennis Drew
    vocal: Natalie Merchant
    engineer: Frank Filipetti
    guitars: Robert Buck
    organ: Dennis Drew
    bass guitar: Steven Gustafson
    assistant engineer: Dave Cook, Dennice Brown and Jeff Abikzer
    composer: Robert Buck
    lyricist: Natalie Merchant

    Album Information

    label: Elektra
    country(area): United States
    format: CD
    barcode: 075596081528
    script: Latin