We shook the southern dust from our feet for the last time,
By foot, mule, train or truck,
Dixie is at our back and a new day is ahead,
Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York,
As the Puritans dried up the alcohol
And the influenza virus waned,
As another anniversary of Red summer came around
As Butter Beans and Susie gained Vaudeville fame,
A fever took hold to hit the northbound road,
We packed up everything we owned
To board the Orange Blossom Train
Heading up the Atlantic Coast.
As the stock market rose
And the stock yards grew,
As Henry Ford’s invention
Created jobs for glass, rubber and steel,
As the trap doors of speakeasies
Hid the booze,
Blood, Sweat, and Fire
The Wonderful World of Disney gave us a Sunday evening rest,
We anticipated Ed Sullivan’s line up of guests
Until Huntley and Brinkley had breaking news
Of another bloody episode of what we were going through,
There was a march on the Pentagon,
Pressure was mounting and Johnson was sweating.
While the politicians were working to save face
Deafening chants were demanding an end to the war.
Something started with a cab driver in Newark,
Cops didn’t like the way he drove the ...