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This Old Town

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This Old Town was conceived by my friend and Buckshot band mate, Jack Tobin, in the early 1970's. It was written down on some scraps of note paper, and recorded on a scratchy 1/4" reel-to-reel tape recorder that he shared with me. I worked on the lyrics over time and 40 years later, the song has finally surfaced, with Jack's gracious acceptance, in its current form. I've carried this song with me, as it also carried me, through some difficult times.

lyrics

This Old Town
© 1996 Jack Tobin & Leo Papa

There’s no one, in this old town
That I can turn to, since Poncho bit the dust
That I can turn to, where I can place my trust

It’s full of cheaters, petty dealers
And to tell the truth, I was always one too
Car is falling down, just got a room in town
And somehow, friends don't come around no more

So I take what I give and give what I take
And hope and pray, that's the way, its gonna work out

There’s no one, in this old town
That I can turn to, to tell the truth
That I can turn to, and you know how it hurts

It’s full of schemers, pretty dreamers
But I’ve had my share, of loving without care
Lost my fancy house, all that money
I ain’t got a dime, to call the latest honey

I just take what I give, and give what I take,
And hope and pray, that's the way, its gonna work out

There’s no one, in this old town
That I can turn to, any more
That I can turn to, if you walk out the door

Lost my loving wife, a newborn son
A job stole my dreams, it’s got the best of me
In my younger days, I had different ways
Now I’m on the run, my life is almost done

So I take what I give, and give what I take
It seems to be the only way it ever really works out

Cause there’s no one, in this old town, that I can turn to
And to tell the truth, you know I’m no one without you

credits

from Levon Bus Travels, released October 9, 2020
Levon Bus - Vocal, rhythm guitar
Jimmy George - Keyboards (piano & organ)
Mo Pair – Bass

© 2019 Levon Bus Music
© 2020 Leo Papa, Jimmy George & Mo Pair

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