Mr. Timber Rattler

from The Zen of Snug by Bow Thayer

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lyrics

I picked up my peavy
I turned that log around
Big old timber rattler jumped right off the ground
Off the ground

If it wasn't for my steel toe boots
Ya know he would have stung me
Hey there Mr. Timber Rattler
Pardon if you please
If you please

Reminded me of a time
When I was young
Got thrown into a jailhouse
I done nothing wrong
Nothing wrong

Well there I was
With a man big as hell
Snoring in the only cot
In that sorry cell

Long about midnight
They threw in another rogue
With whiskey yellow eyes like two piss holes in the snow
In the snow

Ya know I saw it coming
Tried to make myself small
He woke that sleeping rounder with fists like cannon balls
Cannon balls

There was blood on the ceiling
There was blood on the walls
It would have been mine if I hadn't been hiding behind that steel commode
Steel commode

Well my Mama always told me
Let sleeping dogs lie
When it comes to jailhouse drunkards the same rule applies
It applies

So there you go Mr. Timber Rattler
That's all I have to say
So I’ll tip this log back over and I'll be on my way
On my way

On my way
On my way…

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from The Zen of Snug, released April 2, 2021

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Bow Thayer's music features his custom Bojotar and fuses experimental elements with Americana, rock, bluegrass, and folk, resulting in a singular, progressive sound that has earned descriptions ranging from “Green Mountain soul” to “modern backwoods music.” American Songwriter says this "onetime Levon Helm compatriot is the best artist to come from New England in recent years." ... more

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