James McMurtry

Choctaw Bingo

James McMurtry

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Choctaw Bingo

Strap them kids in, give em a lil bit of vodka 
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In a cherry coke, we're goin to Oklahoma 
To the family reunion for the first time in years 
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It's up at Uncle Slaton's cause he's getting on in years 
You know he longer travels but he's still pretty spry 
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He's not much on talk and he's just too mean to die 
And they'll be coming down and from Kansas and west Arkansas 
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It'll be one big old party like you've never saw 

Piano break 

Uncle Slaton's got his Texan pride 
Back in the thickets with his Asian bride 
He's got an Airstream trailer and a Holstein cow 
Still makes whiskey cause he still knows how 

He plays that Choctaw Bingo every Friday night 
You know he had to leave Texas but he won't say why 
He owns a quarter section up by Lake Eufala 
Caught a great big ole bluecat on a drifting jug line 

Sells his hardwood timber to the chipping mill 
Cooks that crystal meth because his shine don't sell 
He cooks that crystal meth because his shine don't sell 
You know he likes that money, he don't mind the smell 

Piano break 

My cousin Roscoe, Slaton's oldest boy 
From his second marriage up in Illinois 
He's raised in east St Louis by his mama's people 
Where they do things different, thought he'd come on down 

He's goin to Dallas, Texas in a semi truck 
Called from that big McDonald's you know that one that's built up on that 
Great big old bridge across the Will Rogers Turnpike 
Took the Big Cabin exit stopped and bought a carton of cigarettes 

At that Indian smoke shop with the big neon smoke rings 
And the Cherokee nations, hit Muskogee late that night, somebody 
Ran the stoplight at the Shawnee Bypass 
Roscoe tried to miss him but he didn't quite 

Piano Break 

Bob and Mae come up from some little town way down by 
Lake Texoma where he coaches football 
They were two- A champions for two years running 
But he says they wont be this year no they wont be this year 

And he stopped off in Tuscka at that pop knife and gun place 
Bought a SKS rifle and a couple full cases of that 
Steel core ammo with the beardam primers 
From some East Bloc nation that no longer needs em 

And a Desert Eagle, that's one great big old pistol 
I mean fifty caliber made by bad-ass Hebrews 
And some surplus tracers for that old BAR of Slaton's  
As soon as it gets dark, we're gonna have us a time, we're gonna have us a 

Piano Break 

Ruth Anne and Lynn come from Baxter Springs 
That's one hell-raisin town way up in southeastern Kansas 
Got a biker bar next to the lingerie store 
That's got Rolling Stones lips up there in bright pink neon 
And they're right downtown where everyone can see em 
and they burn all night you know they burn all night you know they burn all night 

Piano break 

Ruth Anne and Lynn, they wear them cut-off britches 
And those skinny halters and they're second cousins to me 
Man I don't care, I want to get between 'em 
With a great big ole hardon like an old Bois D'arc fence post 
You could hang a pipe rail gate from do some 
Sister twisters till the cows come home and we'd be havin us a time 

Piano Break 

Uncle Slaton's got his Texan pride 
Back in the thickets with his Asian bride 
He's cut that corner pasture into acre lots 
He sells them owner financed strictly to them 

He's got no kind of credit cause he knows they're slackers 
And they'll miss that payment and he'll take it back 
He plays that choctaw bingo every Friday night 
He drinks his Johnny Walker at that Club 69 

Were gonna strap those kids in give em a lil bit of Benadryl 
In a Cherry Coke, we're going to Oklahoma 
Gonna have us a time 
We're gonna have us a time 

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