TORNADO'S COMIN' DOWN

It's might still that this day's been sleeping'
Ain't been one bird a-peepin'
Thunderheads been creepin'
'Cross the golden Oklahoma fields.
Something 'bout that sky I've seen before
Sets a memory burnin', churning; like them clouds are turnin'
In an angry wheel.
Well, Jody, run and get them girls down from the hay loft
Pray your Ma gets held up down in town.
Tornado's com in' down.

Above the quiet field the sky is seethin'
Ain't no liven' thing that's breathing' easy
When the Lord of Light hurls down
The demon of the sky.
Just now Greg McKay drives up
Rolls his window down and shouts
I just make out some words about
My haystack's gonna fly.
Well, Jody, son, I sure wish now that we'd had time to bail them,
Just make sure you nail them shutters sound
Tornado's comin' down.

Now we're run-on' for the storm shelter,
Sky's a-turned that darkish yeller color
That a man don't wish to see
But once in all his life.
Hurry, girls, Amanda don't you worry about Daisy
She's a big dog, she'll run someplace
She'll be safe where she can hide.
Hear the wind start screaming' and the air's alive with things of man
Whose rightful place was rooted on the ground.
Tornado's com in' down.

And here she comes touching' down in sweet grain,
Drivin' my poor windmill insane,
Suckin' down the furrows towards the place
My Pa was laid to rest.
A rattler twisting' down from some old hook,
Strikin' like a scythe, writhin' like the Devil tryin' to
Wring his own neck.
Suckin' up long years of toil as if that sky was craven' soil,
Roarin' down a curse on fertile ground..
Tornado's comin' down.

Originally Performed by: Lawrence Hammond
Album: Coyote's Dream
Lyrics By: Lawrence Hammond

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