Stan Ridgway Roadblock Lyrics

Artist: Stan Ridgway
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News travel fast in a small desert town
It wasn't long ago before the word got around
In that car was headed that way
So the sheriff and the boys
Were gonna stop him on the highway
Right where it intersected big black rock
So it wasn't long at all
Before the whole town was
Out standing round
Hammering a nail and building up a pipe
In a roadblock
Just hanging in a roadblock

The mayor's wife sat in the shade
And talked her way through a few good lies
While her husband practiced his acceptance speech
For a medal from the FBI
And granny rocked back in her chair
And said just what did this man do?
While some idiot kids from school ate the dirty
Snow cones colored red, white and blue
At the roadblock
Just hanging round the roadblock
Just hanging round the roadblock
Just hanging round the roadblock

And the local paper jumped the gun
And printed the big headline
Town is saved from killer car
With roadblock at Stateline

Three miles down the highway in a Chevy 69
Were a pair of crazy eyeballs jumping left and right in time
To an eight track tape playing Foghat and ...
And a gasoline soaked hand shifting a little plastic skull
And on the arm a blue tattoo that read I'm a son of a bitch
A map open on the front seat leather black as pitch
One foot slammed on the gas no shoe
Just an argyle sock
And that car was screaming wild down the highway
Like lightning towards the roadblock
Right towards the roadblock

Then all eyes turned down the highway
To a big cloud of smoke
And granny went into a mild state of shock
And started to choke
And then a boy up in a tree
Yelled out here he comes
Then twenty men strong aimed
And fired point blank nineteen shotguns

Well the next day the sheriff just tried to stall
While they buried the body out behind a wall
The newspaper said killer still on the lam
Seems the boys at the roadblock
Shot the wrong man
Nobody really knew just who he was
He was driving a Camaro with dashboard fuzz
They all burned the car right there
At big black rock
And no one ever said a word at all again
About a roadblock
About a roadblock
Not about a roadblock yeah
Not about a roadblock