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JohnInKansas Lyr Req: True Love and Homegrown Tomatoes (14) Lyr Add: HOMEGROWN TOMATOES (Guy Clark) 23 Feb 03

Words and Music by Guy Clark
© EMI Music / ASCAP

as printed in Sing Out!, V42#2, (Fall 1997) page 114,

Ain't nothing in the world
That I like better
Than bacon and lettuce
And homegrown tomatoes.
Up in the mornin'
Out in the garden
Get you a ripe one,
Don't get a hard one.
Plant 'em in the spring,
Eat 'em in the summer,
All winter without 'em's
A culinary bummer.
I forget all about
The sweatin' and diggin'
Every time I go out and
Pick me a big one.

Homegrown tomatoes,
Homegrown tomatoes,
What'd life be without
Homegrown tomatoes?
Only two things that
Money can't buy and
That's true love and
Homegrown tomatoes.

Well you can go out to eat
And that's for sure
But it's nothin' a homegrown
Tomato won't cure.
Put 'em in a salad,
Put 'em in a stew,
You can make your
Very own tomato juice.
Eat 'em with eggs,
Eat 'em with gravy.
Eat 'em with beans,
Pinto or navy.
Put 'em on the side,
Put 'em in the middle
Put a homegrown tomato
On a hotcake griddle.


Now if I's to change
This life I lead,
Well, I'd be Johnny
Tomato Seed
'Cause I know what
This country needs,
It's homegrown tomatoes in
Every yard you see.
When I die
Don't bury me
In a box in
A cemetery.
Out in the garden
Would be much better.
I could be pushin' up
Homegrown tomates


Note: The tune, as notated, has some pretty "twisty" rythms, and rolls around (in C) on C, F7, and G7 chords.

Sing Out! Makes reference to Guy Clarks recordings:
"originally appeared on Better Days,
and now on the two-CD release Craftsman (Philo #1184/54)
and the live Keepers (Sugar Hill #1055)"


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