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A CARROT & A WHIP

WORDS & MUSIC:   Earl P. Reinhalter


          I.  when I was a boy in Oklahoma,
              I used to go fishin' an' I'd swim without my clothes.
              I loved to smell the sun when I's out walkin'
              an' feel them dirt clods comin' 'tween my toes.
              one day I saw a farmer on a wagon.
              he laid a whip down on that donkey's rear.
              in front o' that donkey's face he dangled a carrot.
              an' that jackass chased a dream an' ran from fear.

   CHORUS A:  that farmer had a carrot and a whip,
              carrot and a whip.
              I thought, "only a dumb ol' jackass
              would fall for that kind o' trick."

         II.  the other day a preacher came to see me,
              told me I was doomed to burn in Hell.
              but, he said if I took up his religion,
              my soul would go to Heaven for to dwell.
              well, he was whippin' my back with Hell
              and holding Heaven in front o' my face.

   CHORUS B:  it was just another carrot and a whip,
              carrot and a whip.
              well, I ain't gonna be no jackass,
              I ain't gonna fall for that kind o' trick. No!

        III.  on the street I saw a demonstration.
              this gal came over to give me some advice.
              she told me I was oppressed and I should join her
              to help her build a workers' paradise.
              "oh," she said, "the nation is a jail,"
              and she held utopia in front o' my nose.

   CHORUS C:  uh-oh, one more carrot and a whip,
              carrot and a whip.
              I ain't gonna be no jackass,
              I ain't a-gonna fall for that kind o' trick.
              Ain't gonna fall!

         IV.  whenever someone wants to be your master,
              they say you're ill, but their medicine can help you relax.
              well, I've heard it said, "we wouldn't need no doctors
              if only there weren't so many hypochondriacs."

   CHORUS D:  watch out for the carrot and a whip,
              carrot and a whip.
              don't you be no jackass,
              don't you fall for that kind o' shit.

   CHORUS E:  watch out for the carrot and a whip,
              carrot and a whip.
              don't you be no jackass,
              don't you fall
              for that kind o' trick,
              for the carrot and a whip.
              don't fall!

© Copyright 1975 Earl P. Reinhalter.   All Rights Reserved.

 





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