Straw Hat and Old Dirty Hank
Barenaked Ladies Lyrics


I tend the wheat field that makes your bread
I bind the sweet veal, pluck the hens that make your bed
Mother Nature and Mother Earth
Are two of three women who dictate what I'm worth

I'm the farmer
I work in the fields all day
Don't mean to alarm her
But I know it was meant to be this way
You cried a tear, I wiped it dry
I put you up upon a pedestal so high
If you should waiver, if you should sway
I'd catch you, spread my tiny wings and fly away
You signed your picture with an O and X
I bet you don't write "love" each time you sign your checks

I'm the farmer
I work in the fields all day
Don't mean to alarm her
But I know we were meant to be this way

All of this corn I grow, I grow it all for you
I took a hatchet to the radio, I did it all for you
Well you could have written back
And you could have said, "Thank you"
(But) I guess you've got better things
(But) I guess you've got better things
(But) I guess you've got better things
Better things to do
Better things to do, yeah
Better things to do
Better things to do

You say you love me, is that the truth?
Although they've heard the songs, my friends need living proof
I know your address, I ring the bell
I bring you flowers and a .22 with shells

I'm the farmer
I work in the fields all day
It wasn't to harm her
But I know it was meant to be this way
I know it was meant to be this way
I know it was meant to be this way

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Ed Robertson, Steven Page

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Comments from YouTube:

Oliver Hilton

I love how catchy and upbeat this song is, and then it does a complete 180 and goes really dark, without even breaking the beat

Matthew Raiche

@Battenberg91 It's based on a real incident. A Canadian farmer stalked Anne Murray.

Battenberg91

@Matthew Raiche Sure with hindsight. For a good chunk of the song you could easily interpret it as being directed to his partner rather than a total stranger he saw on tv.

Matthew Raiche

It doesn't do a 180. The entire song is dark, it just sounds upbeat.

Christopher Martin

Love this one!

Big Lenny

It's a solid one!

Thrifty032781

I've long dreamed about having the directorial or artistic talents to make a video for this.

Mr5AMBFRSL

sweeeet!

J R

This band was so good. Cant wait until the real lead singer comes back. If he doesnt I respect his decision. They are nothing without Steve

Peter McCannell

It wasn't a voluntary decision for him to leave, and it's been made clear by parties that they remain freinds but the bridge to preform again in ernest is long gone

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