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  1. 40 Below

From the recording Driver

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