40 Below

04:32
Michael Braunfeld
2019
Michael Braunfeld

Lyrics

Around here we don’t expect too much

There ain’t enough to go around

A little pay and a little luck

A beer to wash it down

 

I came up here to Ward County

North Dakota and

For ten long years I’ve been a deputy

In this frozen prairie land

 

It ain’t nothin’ much to laugh at

Used to be 40-below kept out the riff-raff

 

It was the kind of place where your neighbors all wave

And everybody is your friend

They know your business your secrets your name

And how your mama’s been

 

Time was I’d get two calls a night

If Tim and Donna got too loud

Otherwise it was just bustin’ up a fight

When a roughneck got too proud

 

It ain’t nothin’ much to laugh at

Used to be 40-below kept out the riff-raff

 

The boom hit in the Bakken Field

Like and overflowing cup

That oil and money changed the whole damn deal

And this sleepy town woke up

 

Folks come in in search of something

A new job or a new life

Ain’t no tellin’ what they bring in

But more people means more strife

 

It ain’t nothin’ much to laugh at

Used to be 40-below kept out the riff-raff

 

Them out-of-state plates keep rollin’ in

And there’s girls in the motels

Now we got meth and we got heroin

From the Sinaloa Cartel

 

Got 110 in an 80 bed jail

And we can’t afford to feed ‘em

The company just pays the bail

And we can’t afford to beat ‘em

 

It ain’t nothin’ much to laugh at

Used to be 40-below kept out the riff-raff

 

We teach our kids it ain’t a sin to be poor

You work hard you stay afloat

But it ain’t easy when the wolves are at your door

And the devil’s got your throat

 

It ain’t nothin’ much to laugh at

Used to be 40-below kept out the riff-raff

 

Used to be 40-below kept out the riff-raff