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The cover of The Red Road CD
Hear a Sample of CHOCTAW BLUES in:

MUSICIANS:

ARIGON STARR Performing as "Patty Jones"

Bass: Thaddeus Graham

Drums: Scotty Lund

Lead Guitar: Chris Lawrence

Acoustic Guitar: Doug Pettibone

Electric Guitar: Kenny Vaughan


ABOUT CHOCTAW BLUES

"This song appears early in 'The Red Road' play as Patty Jones talks about rarely being mistaken for an Indian. In fact, she hears a lot of negative talk about Native people. Funny what folks will tell you if they think you're one of them, ennit?" -- A.S.

Been workin’ the counter since 4 a.m.
Those starvin’ truckers keep comin’ in
Bill, who’s the new kid you got with you
With the Dixie hat and mouth full of chew?
He’s a new driver and he’s awful green
Just talk to him some you’ll see what I mean

I said, “I’m Patty and this here’s my place!”
Then he got this shifty look on his face
He said “My boss is an Indian
He’s a real loser – I’m glad I’m not him.”
Every single Indian he knows
Is a drunkard, a liar or out of dough

CHORUS

I said, “What do you think about that y’all?”
This kid’s never met a Choctaw
What do you bet his Grandma
Looks a lot like me
Looks a lot like me

His eyes got wide and he started to steam
I’m a white boy, I don’t dance and scream
Bill sat beside him and said, “Young man –
You don’t know nothin’ about Indians.”
Our traditions are strong and have a place
In this modern world – in this human race

CHORUS

He said, What do you think about that y’all?
This kid finally met a Choctaw
What do you bet his Grandpa
Looks a lot like me
Looks a lot like me

Written by Arigon Starr © 2006 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP) Lyrics reprinted by Kind Permission


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