Mr Grouter

every day early in the mornin’
when the sunlight rises cuttin’ through the fog
footsteps slowly sound around the corner
it’s Mr. Grouter a-walkin’ with his dog
coat collar up warm against the weather
got his captain’s cap ridin’ in place
daylight brightens and the mist is liftin’
it’s another new day you can see it on his face

goin’ back to Louisiana one of these days
when I’m able and the weather is clear
goin’ back to Louisiana one of these days
but till then I’m gonna stay right here

never made much money in the money world
never learned to read or to write so well
never had a vote ‘cause he couldn’t read the ballot
but he could see fine just as clear as a bell
used to work a job in the ship yard docks
when years ago he was a younger man
changes came and left him stranded
put him out walkin’ with time on his hands

goin’ back to Louisiana one of these days
when I’m able and the weather is clear
goin’ back to Louisiana one of these days
but till then I’m gonna stay right here

so every day early in the mornin’
with his best friend Curly walkin’ by his side
thinkin’ about family relations
way down south is a mighty long ride
good mornin’ Mr. Grouter tell me how you’re doin’
it’s a mighty fine day with the sun so bright
tell me have you got any plans for the future
well I’m gonna take a trip if it works out right

goin’ back to Louisiana one of these days
when I’m able and the weather is clear
goin’ back to Louisiana one of these days
but till then I’m gonna stay right here