The Field Behind the Plow
 Stan Rogers - arr. Ron Smail

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Watch the field behind the plow turn to straight dark rows

Feel the trickle in your clothes, blow the dusk cake from your nose

And hear the tractor’s steady roar, O you can’t stop now

There’s a quarter section more or less to go


And it figures that the rain takes it’s own sweet time

You can watch it come for miles, but you guess you’ve got a while

Ease the throttle out a hair, every rod’s a gain

There’s victory in every quarter mile


Poor old Kuzyk down the road

The heartache, hail and hoppers got him down

He gave it up and went to town

And Emmett Pierce, the other day took a heart attack and died at 42

You could see it comin’ on, ‘cuz he worked as hard as you


Well in an hour, maybe more, you’ll be wet clear through

The air is cooler now, pull your hat brim further down

And watch the field behind the plow turn to straight dark rows

Put another season’s promise in the ground


And if the harvest’s any good, the money might just cover all the loans

You’ve mortgaged all you own

Buy the kids a winter coat, take the wife back east for Christmas if you can

All summer she hangs on when you’re so tied to the land


For the good times come and go, but at least there’s rain

So this won’t be barren ground when September comes around

And watch the field behind the plow turn to straight dark rows

Put another season’s promise in the ground

Watch the field behind the plow, turn to straight rows

Put another season’s promise in the ground



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