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Truckload Of Art

This song is by Terry Allen and appears on the album Lubbock (On Everything) (1979).

Recitation:
Once upon a time
Sometime ago back on the east coast
In New York City, to be exact
A bunch of artists and painters and
Sculptors and musicians and
Poets and writers and dancers
And architects
Started feeling real superior
To their ego-counter-parts
Out on the West Coastå"o,
They all got together and decided
They would show those snotty surfer upstarts
A thing or two about the Big Apple
Andå¼hey hired themselves a truck
It was a big, spanking new white-shiny
Chrome-plated cab-over
Peterbilt
With mudflaps, stereo, TV, AM and FM radio,
Leather seats and a naugahide sleeper
All fresh
With new American Flag decals and "ART ARK"
Printed on the side of the door
With solid 24 karat gold leaf type
And they filled up this truck
With the most significant piles
And influential heaps of Art Work
To ever be assembled in Modern Times,
And it sent it Westå¼o chide
Cajole, humble and humiliateå¼he Golden Bear.
And this is the true story of that truck
A Truckload of Art
From New York City
Came rollin' down the road
Yeah the driver was singing
And the sunset was pretty
But the truck turned over
And she rolled off the road
Yeah a Truckload of Art
Is burning near the highway
Precious objects are scattered
All over the ground
And it's a terrible sight
If a person were to see it
But there weren't nobody around
(Yodel)
Yeah the driver went sailing
High in the sky
Landing in the gold lap of the Lord
Who smiled and then said
"Son, you're better off dead
Than haulin a truckload
Full of hot avant-garde
Yesån important artwork
Was thrown burning to the ground
Tragicallyå¨anding in the weeds
And the smoke could be seen
Ah for miles all around
Yeah but nobodyå¥now's what it means
Yeså Truckload of Art
Is burning near the highway
And it's a tough job for the highway patrol
Ah they'll soon see the smoke
An come runnin' to poke
Then dig a deep ditch
And throw the arts in a hole
(Yodel)
Yeah a Truckload of Art
Is burning near the highway
And it's raging far-out of control
And what the critics have cheered
Is now shattered and queered
And their noble reviews
Have been stewed on the road

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