A-8. Kansas Song
©1996, Words and music by Carl Reed

Album Note:  Carl’s lyrics celebrate Kansas in this lively song that
is a ball to play!  He includes some real nuggets of our state’s
culture and climate – from Kansas City fountains to limestone fence-
posts, from sizzling summers to windblown blizzard snow, from
lonely cowboys to pretty cowgirls…He’ll get your toes tappin’!


I’d like to celebrate my state with you good people
It’s a state of which I’m rightly proud
Full of wide-open spaces and magical places
I’ll gladly sing its praises long and loud
When folks remember their vacation trip to Denver
And the longest stretch of road they’ve ever seen
From the Kansas City fountains to the Colorado mountains
Well, Kansas is that farm that’s in between

    And the snow never melts out here in Kansas
    At least that’s what we Kansas people say
    The wind just blows it back and forth
            from Oklahoma to Nebraska
    And it never melts, just kinda’ wears away

The cowgirls sure are pretty out in Kansas
With golden hair and gentle country ways
Which is quite an inspiration out in this part of the nation
Where a cowboy might not see a girl for days
A lonely cowboy will often get to dreamin’
‘Bout those cowgirls, and the best part of his dream
Is how they fits into their britches, which is true, the only hitch is
That they’re just so doggone few and far between.     


The summers sure are hot out here in Kansas
That’s why Kansas things are always special-made
‘Cause the sun is gonna bake it and we know it’s gotta take it
All those days when it’s a hundred in the shade
That’s why Grandpa made his fenceposts out of limestone
‘Cause he knew a limestone post was gonna stay
When the wind howled for ages and the sun beat down like blazes
And those wooden posts dried up and blowed away    

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