#00346
Walking The Streets Of My Hometown (Roy Payne)

There's nothing to do in my hometown,
Don't need a river of water to drown;
Two times up, three times down,
Walking the streets of my hometown.

The lights in the tavern are shining bright,
Momma and Daddy are dancing tonight;
Tomorrow is bingo, the next night darts,
Nobody knows where the children are.

Walk by the school, but the doors are barred,
Empty gymnasium sits in the dark;
Inside is warm, outside is cold,
It's hard to be young, can't wait to be old.

There's nothing to do in my hometown,
Don't need a river of water to drown;
Two times up, three times down,
Walking the streets of my hometown.

Hiding in the dark, the gang smokes dope,
Chews bubble gum before they go home;
It's hard to be good when it's fun to be bad,
Wonder how much more I can stand.

Young Billy, he's dead, he died last year,
Good looking kid with long curly hair;
The papers just said that a young boy died,
But the kids all know it was suicide.

There's nothing to do in my hometown,
Don't need a river of water to drown;
Two times up, three times down,
Walking the streets of my hometown.

My brother, he's gone, he left last year,
Nothing for him to do around here;
Wish he was home but I'm glad he's gone,
I'll be gone, too, before too long.

Mama don't know me, daddy don't care,
Twelve years old and I'm drinking beer;
They don't wanna know, they don't wanna see,
Can't blame themselves, might as well blame me.

There's nothing to do in my hometown,
Don't need a river of water to drown;
Two times up, three times down,
Walking the streets of my hometown.

There's nothing to do in my hometown,
Don't need a river of water to drown;
Two times up, three times down,
Walking the streets of my hometown.

####.... Roy Payne ....####
Recorded by Roy Payne (A Million Dollar Maple Leaf, trk#11, 2003 CD, Condor Records HC-4430, Scarborough, Ontario, distributed by Heritage Music).

See more songs by Roy Payne.

Note: A variant without the last verse (Mama don't know) was also sung as a duet by Derek Pilgrim & Roy Payne (This Is My Island, trk#9, 1997).


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