Barton Springs    
Standing outside watering the grass
A fellow stops by and asks me
Hey can you tell me, is there anyplace I can swim?
ĎCause Iím hot and Iíve got to cool down
Oh yeah, I know a great place
Itís beautiful, itís a drive, though

Back out and turn around, head down my street to the corner
Take a right and make your way to the freeway, over yonder
Make a left and get onto I-5 South
If itís your lucky day youíll see the mountain is out
Over Lake Union to I-90 East, there you go now
Goodbye, Seattle

Take her over Snoqualmie Pass and head off to Yakima
You might want to top off your gas
Before the Blue Mountains of Oregon
Go east to Boise, sheís a real fine town
One time I was stuck there, I didnít mind breaking down
Now on to Utah, for a long ways you wonít see a thing

Cool in the water and clearly alive
Itís the think Iíll remember on the day I die
Diving in and coming up wet in Barton Springs

Roll on to Bountiful, if you go there you got to say her name
Just past Provo you want to get off the main highway
Pretty soon youíre gonna see some little red-rock towns
I like Ďem all, but Moab is the one I first found
On to Colorado, my boyhood dream

When youíre raised in Texas like I was
You yearn to see the mountains
Where I lived as a young kid there was nothing
But dirt and sky around us

On through Durango and the Western Slope
Pagosa to Chama into New Mexico
To Arroyo Hondo and the Rio Grande

Now, the point of this story is to get you to Austin town
Once you get through Abilene
Itís kind of hard to not hold the pedal down
If I were you Iíd go ahead and get my britches off
ĎCause when you see that water youíre gonna want no time lost
Luminescent waters, a young manís dream
The pretty blue-green waters of Barton Springs

Cool in the water and clearly alive
Itís the thing Iíll remember on the day I die
Diving in and coming up wet in Barton Springs

About a month later I was standing outside watering the grass The same fellow
stops by and tells me Man, I loved that place but hey, I was wondering Is there
anywhere I can get a cold beer? ĎCause Iím hot and tired and Iíve gotta cool
down Oh yeah, I know a great place How much gas you got? Ever been to
Alaska? How about Whitefish, Montana? Can I go? Me and my dog, weíd love to go

© Michael Tomlinson

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