Bodie Currency

 

The Bone Daddy lifts his skull
from the piano lid to play
lemme get a whiskey and peach tea—

pistol on the table,
revolver in the holster, —
you ain’t gunna shoot me,
I’ve paid my drink fee.

Bodie Currency—
(Brown Paper’s Dead Tree)

The deeds you’ve done for me,
or the ax to my family…

The rag time girl gets groovin’
to the keys played by bony phelanges—

Whiskey down,
the cards are free-
the game is cheap.

But Jimmy always carries on, ya see him?
Losin’ gals’ he pulls his gun on me—

Bodie Currency—
(No paper No tree)
The deeds you’ve done for me,
or the ax to my family.

Bodie Currency—
(No paper No tree)
The deeds you’ve done for me,
or the ax to my family.

Hey boy I know you been heckled here and there
but Bodie Currency ain’t of value everywhere
When cows go dry and the Sherrif gets his lonely blues
you’ll have ta move along just like the tumbleweeds do…

Well you’re not the one I wanted but you’ll do…
Cuz he’s no good for me,
like I’m no good for you.
But you can hang around me
if you really want to
and if you want to follow me,
you’re gunna follow me through the canyons
and if you want to walk with me,
you’ll be walkin’ through the ashes
and if you want to live with me
we’re gunna live in a ghost town
—be the king and queen of Bodie.

Tumbleweed! You’re smoking buddy!
The goods I’ve grown—I’ve paid my fee!

Bodie don’t remember no Bodie don’t remember democracy,

Oh the folk here
They exchange…exchange…exchange…

Bodie Currency—
(No paper No tree)
The deeds you’ve done for me, or the ax to my family

Bodie Currency—
(No paper No tree)
The deeds you’ve done for me, or the ax to my family

 

Download Bodie Currency:

https://bluejay.bandcamp.com/track/bodie-currency-live-2015

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Bodie Currency has been in my life for years…Since around 2009. I performed it at my first show in Tallahassee, in a band called Paper Plains.

Bodie is a ghost town in California. One cold winter during the gold rush in the mid-19th Century, the supply caravan left and never returned. Everyone waiting in Bodie died.

The song examines ideas of paperless Currency. Generosity comes in many forms, as does Commerce. I’ve been betrayed in the interest of financial gain, and during that turmoil, I think about what the paper dollar is worth in comparison to the relationships that are strained.

Eh! But its a fun song! It changes and grows. JoJo sings a bridge in this video; My friend Dewitt also has a unique bridge he sings when we play this together on the porch. My sister-friend Sam Kelly wrote the bridge I sing in this version “We’ll you’re not the one I wanted but you’ll do…”.

If you have a physical Mercury CD, you have a studio version of Bodie Currency at the very end, the secret track 12. It was only supposed to be mastered and not included on the album proper, but it sneaked right on in there. That’s how Bodie Currency is.

 

Jay Thomas

 

December 2015

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