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Dusty Old Dust (So Long, It's Been Good to Know Yuh), song lyrics

Song: Dusty Old Dust (So Long, It's Been Good to Know Yuh)
Lyrics: Woody Guthrie(1)

Year: 1935
Genre: Folk
Country: USA

I've sung this song, but I'll sing it again,
Of the place that I lived on the wild windy plains,
In the month called April, county called Gray,
And here's what all of the people there say...

"So long, it's been good to know yuh;
So long, it's been good to know yuh;
So long, it's been good to know yuh.
This dusty old dust is a-gettin' my home,
And I got to be driftin' along."

A dust storm hit, an' it hit like thunder;
It dusted us over, an' it covered us under;
Blocked out the traffic an' blocked out the sun,
Straight for home all the people did run,
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We talked of the end of the world, and then,
We'd sing a song and then sing it again.
We'd sit for an hour and not say a word,
And then these words would be heard...


Sweethearts sat in the dark and sparked,
They hugged and kissed in that dusty old dark.
They sighed and cried, hugged and kissed,
Instead of marriage, they talked like this,
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Now, the telephone rang, and it jumped off the wall,
That was the preacher, a-makin' his call.
He said, "Kind friend, this may the end,
And you got your last chance of salvation of sin!"


The churches was jammed, and the churches was packed,
An' that dusty old dust storm blowed so black.
Preacher could not read a word of his text,
An' he folded his specs, and he took up collection,



1 - Woody Guthrie biography.

2 - The 1930's Dust Bowl from Trey Dunn, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, USA

3 - More on the Dust Bowl from the Encyclopedia of the Great Plains, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.