HIGHWAY PATROLMAN

Live 23 Jun 2005 version


My name is Joe Roberts, I work for the state
I'm a sergeant out of Perrineville, barracks number 8
I always done an honest job, as honest as I could
I got a brother named Franky, Franky ain't no good

Hey ever since we was young kids, it's been the same come down
And I get a call on the shortwave, Franky's in trouble downtown
If it was any other man, well I'd put him straight away
When it's your brother sometimes you look the other way

Yeah me and Franky laughin' and drinkin', nothin' feels better than blood on blood
Takin' turns dancin' with Maria as the band played "Night of the Johnstown Flood"
I catch him when he's strayin' like any brother would
Man turns his back on his family, he just ain't no good

Well Franky he went in the army back in 1965
Yeah I got a farm deferment, settled down, took Maria for my bride
Them wheat prices kept on droppin', it was like we were gettin' robbed
Franky came home in '68, me I took this job

Yeah me and Franky laughin' and drinkin', nothin' feels better than blood on blood
Takin' turns dancin' with Maria as the band played "Night of the Johnstown Flood"
I catch him when he's strayin', hey like any brother would
Man turns his back on his family, he just ain't no good

Well the night was like any other, yeah I got a call about quarter to nine
Well there was trouble in a roadhouse out on Michigan line
There was a kid lyin' on the floor lookin' bad, he's bleedin' hard from his head
There was a girl cryin' at a table, it was Frank, they said

I went out and I jumped in my car, yeah and I hit the lights
Well I must've done a hundred and ten in Michigan County that night
It was out at the crossroads, way down 'round Willow bank
I seen a Buick with Ohio plates, behind the wheel was Frank

Well I chased him through those county roads
Till a sign said "Canadian border five miles from here"
I pulled over the side of the highway and watched his taillights disappear

Yeah me and Franky laughin' and drinkin', nothin' feels better than blood on blood
Takin' turns dancin' with Maria as the band played "Night of the Johnstown Flood"
I catch him when he's strayin', like any brother would
Man turns his back on his family, he just ain't no good


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 23 Jun 2005 performance of HIGHWAY PATROLMAN at Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden, during the Devils & Dust Solo Acoustic Tour.

Poromotional poster for the 23 Jun 2005 show at Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden, and the 25 Jun 2005 show at Hovet, Stockholm, Sweden
Poromotional poster for the 23 Jun 2005 show at Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden, and the 25 Jun 2005 show at Hovet, Stockholm, Sweden
Ticket stub for the 23 Jun 2005 show at Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden
Ticket stub for the 23 Jun 2005 show at Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden
(Thanks Timmy Peterson)

Available Versions

List of available versions of HIGHWAY PATROLMAN on this website:

HIGHWAY PATROLMAN [Album version]
HIGHWAY PATROLMAN [Live 05 Aug 1984 version]
HIGHWAY PATROLMAN [Live 20 Aug 1984 version]
HIGHWAY PATROLMAN [Live 19 Oct 1984 version]
HIGHWAY PATROLMAN [Live 07 Jan 1985 version]
HIGHWAY PATROLMAN [Live 25 Apr 1996 version]
HIGHWAY PATROLMAN [Live 23 Jun 2005 version]
HIGHWAY PATROLMAN [Live 18 Nov 2006 version]
HIGHWAY PATROLMAN [Johnny Cash's cover version]

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