Philadelphia Lawyer

Words & Music : Woody Guthrie

Way out in Reno, Nevada
Where romance blooms and fades
A great Philadelphia lawyer
Was in love with a Hollywood maid

"Come, love, and we'll go rambling
Down where the lights are so bright
I'll win you a divorce from your husband
And we can get married tonight"

Wild Bill was a gun-toting cowboy
Ten notches were carved in his gun
And all the boys around Reno
Left Wild Bill's maiden alone

One night when Bill was returning
From riding the range in the cold
He dreamed of his Hollywood sweetheart
Her love was as lasting as gold

As he drew near her window
Two shadows he saw on the shade
'Twas the great Philadelphia lawyer
Makin love to Bill's Hollywood maid

The night was as still as the desert
The moon hanging high overhead
Bill listened awhile through the window
He could hear every word that he said

"Your hands are so pretty and lovely
Your form's so rare and divine
Come go with me to the city
And leave this wild cowboy behind."

Now tonight back in old Pennsylvania
Among those beautiful pines
There's one less Philadelphia lawyer
In old Philadelphia tonight


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