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Welfare Music
The Bottle Rockets Lyrics


Quit school when she was seventeen
Senator on TV calls her welfare queen
Used to be daddy's little girl
Now she needs help in this mean ol' world

Buys cassette tapes in the bargain bin
Loves Carlene Carter and Loretta Lynn
Tries to have fun on a Saturday night
Sunday morning don't shine too bright

It's welfare music
Watch the baby dance
To the welfare music
Well she ever stand a chance?

Takes two to make three but one ain't here
Still chasing women and drinking beer
Says nobody understands how he feels
But that don't pay the monthly bills

Angry fat man on the radio
Wants to keep his taxes way down low
Says there oughta be a law
Angriest man you ever saw

Welfare music
Just watch the baby dance
To the welfare music
Well she ever stand a chance?

Solo

Baby dance circles on the floor
Round and round just like before
Baby fall down
Baby get up
Baby needs a drink from a lovin' cup

It's welfare music
Watch the baby dance
To the welfare music
Well she ever stand a chance?

Welfare music
Just watch the baby dance
To the welfare music
Well she ever stand a chance?

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management
Written by: BRIAN HENNEMAN, S. TAYLOR

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Bill Troester Sr.

This video touched my heart deeply. My Mother, God rest her soul, was born and raised in a very poor family a few miles outside the tiny little town of Sugar Grove, West Virginia. She used to tell me of the hard times of her childhood. How she and her 10 siblings would carry live chickens to the country store in town to trade for provisions. How they would all sit on the front porch of their little shack nestled in the beauty of the mighty Blue Ridge Mountains and play Bluegrass after a hard day in the fields. I think of those stories often, and thank God for being raised poor. This kind of music will forever be deep in my soul.

The WestPointRouteGuy

Bill, my late father-in-law was born and raised at Sugar Grove...a half mile west of the little white board Methodist church, where he & his wife are buried. (Nicholas County) Years later when he was in a nursing home in Richmond, he would tell me about the times there during his youth before he went off to WWII. Growing their own food....slaughtering farm animals, and walking miles along the dirt road (it's still unpaved today) to Quinnwood for supplies. They grew quite a bit of crops and he told me that especially during the hard years of the great depression, they would give food to neighbors whose children were going hungry Hard times indeed. .

Spider Monkey

Wilsondale little town ..hell nothing there

Spider Monkey

Mine too Wayne West Virginia..still poor country.

Marilee Dent

My mom too West Virginia up Turkey Creek Wilsondale near Cabwaylingo my family buried on tick ridge

Marilee Dent

Bill Troester Sr. Cabwaylingo

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Duke Briney

breaks my heart. I watch it over and over. I love the Bottle Rockets

Lube's Iron-CSL Farms llc

Awesome tune! Sounds like a cross between the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Steve Earl

Danny Ginnane-Gannon

I totally agree with the comments of Bill Troester Sr.

William Miller

My God, this is a great song. I saw these guys open for Lucinda Williams in Portland, ME around 20 years ago. Great live show.

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