Straw Hat and Old Dirty Hank Lyrics

Barenaked Ladies


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Steven Page, Ed Robertson
album: Track 2 in album Born on a Pirate Ship
release date: 1996-3-19
popularity : 2 users have visited this page.
length: 3:24
fiddle: Jim Creeggan
piano: Tyler Stewart
harmonica: Murray McLauchlan
guest instrument: Murray McLauchlan
lyricist: Steven Page, Ed Robertson
composer: Ed Robertson, Steven Page

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I tend the wheat field that makes your bread
I bind the sweet veal, pluck the hens that make your bed
Mother Nature & Mother Earth
Are two of three women who dictate what I'm worth

[Chorus]
I'm the farmer.
I work in the fields all day
Don't mean to alarm her
But I know it was meant to be this way

You cried a tear, I wiped it dry
I put you up upon a pedestal so high
If you should waiver, if you should sway
I'd catch you, spread my tiny wings and fly away
You signed your picture with an O and X
I bet you don't write "love" each time you sign your cheques

[Chorus]

All of this corn I grow I grow it all for you
I took a hatchet to the radio I did it all for you
You could have written back,
You could have said "thank you"
I guess you've got better things,
Better things to do

You say you love me, is that the truth?
Although they've heard the songs, my friends want living proof
I know your address, I ring the bell
I bring you flowers and a .22 with shells

I'm the farmer
I work in the fields all day
Never wanted to harm her
But I know it was meant to be this way

Track Listing

  • 1 Stomach vs. Heart
  • 2 Straw Hat and Old Dirty Hank
  • 3 I Know
  • 4 This Is Where It Ends
  • 5 When I Fall
  • 6 I Live With It Every Day
  • 7 The Old Apartment
  • 8 Call Me Calmly
  • 9 Break Your Heart
  • 10 Spider in My Room
  • 11 Same Thing
  • 12 Just a Toy
  • 13 In the Drink
  • 14 Shoe Box