Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Move

*The Move (to Austin, Texas)
By Gregg Metcalf

(A cheesy parody of Battle of New Orleans)

In 1966 we moved to the Golden State
North American Van lines loaded up our crates
We took a little trip in the family car out west
And we drove across the USA hoping for the best

 [Chorus:]

Lockheed told my dad that he was their man
They told him how he was a part of their plan
So we found a place where our family could stay
In Santa Clara County in a town called San Jose

We moved into a house on a street named Balsa
We all learned new things like how to eat salsa
Things were different than back in the Midwest
Everybody hung in there and tried to do their best

[Chorus]

Lockheed told my dad that he was their man
They told him how he was a part of their plan
So we found a place where our family could stay
In Santa Clara County in a town called San Jose

Mom and Dad watched each kid leave home one by one
And you all know how time flies when you’re having fun
Forty eight years later and now our folks are on the move
They’re leaving San Jose for Texas with nothing left to prove

[Chorus]

Lockheed told my dad that he was their man
They told him how he was a part of their plan
So we found a place where our family could stay
In Santa Clara County in a town called San Jose

Yeah, they pack up the house and they loaded up the truck
Family and friends heaped on them lots of prayers and luck
Thinking about them leaving is like being hit in the solar plexus
But they are leaving San Jose, they’re on their way to Texas 

So thank you Craig and Jill, Donna & Kelly and all of Austin
You may never tell anyone of us what this trip is costen
But your actions are appreciated by those of us not there
You have some special treasure now so please take care

[Chorus]

Lockheed told my dad that he was their man
They told him how he was a part of their plan
So we found a place where our family could stay
In Santa Clara County in a town called San Jose

We fired off prayers to the good Lord up above
Hope He fires back blessings on the wings of a dove
I wanted to use this last line in a real song -alright
The Lone Star just got a little brighter tonight

[Chorus]

Lockheed told my dad that he was their man
They told him how he was a part of their plan
So we found a place where our family could stay
In Santa Clara County in a town called San Jose

Bridge

The further the truck pulls out of sight
The Lone Star got a little brighter tonight

[Chorus]

Lockheed told my dad that he was their man
They told him how he was a part of their plan
So we found a place where our family could stay

In Santa Clara County in a town called San Jose

*We found out on Saturday that my parents were moving to Texas. They have been 48 years in San Jose, CA, but now have no children nor relatives around them. So my sister Donna and my brother Craig drove to Modesto and packed them up and they leave tomorrow for a new life in Austin.

1 comment:

Our Simple Life3 said...

I am in Tx :-) DH works for labinal in Denton:-)