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Ballad of Purvis Greene

This song is by Hoopiejohn.

Way up on the mountain about a mile from here
There's some vegetation growing that The People fear
Cause it makes you laugh
The laws forbid such fun as that
It makes you laugh
The laws forbid such fun as that
I promised my folks before they died
That I'd keep the family farm and I've always tried
But when money's low
You know what crop this poor man grows
But when money's low
You know what crop this poor man grows
Made just enough to stay ahead of broke
Without that crop there'da been no hope
You know it's awful hard
To make a living off a worn-out hillside farm
Yeah, it's awful hard
To make a living off a worn-out hillside farm
How could it be such a terrible crime
To help your family and your farm survive?
It hurt no one
For them that used it, harmless fun
It hurt no one
For them that used it, harmless fun
Off my front porch I seen a helicopter buzz
The back road's blocked by swat team fuzz
And they mean me harm
Imprison me, and take my farm
And they mean me harm
Imprison me, and take my farm
Seized and sold at half its price
They took my land and my way of life
And for all they done
You know locking me up didn't stop it none
And for all they done
You know Locking me up didn't stop it none
Marijuana smoke ain't blowin' away
I'm here to tell you its around to stay
So I wanna know
Why can't they just leave us alone?
So I wanna know
Why can't they just leave us alone?

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