Disc A-1. Wife Who Works in Town
© lyrics & music by Annie Wilson 2014

Album Note:  I can’t explain all the economic and technological forces that
have transformed the family farm from the classic husband-wife team to the
lone husband and absentee-commuter wife.  I just know on most farms &
ranches today, that’s what it’s become.

Lyrics:

We say we love the farmer
He’s the truest guy around
But to keep that farmer going
There’s a wife who works in town . . .

She’s a teacher or a waitress  Gives a haircut you can trust
She’s a clerk down at the feed store  Twice a day she drives the bus
She’s a pediatric nurse and    Helps bring babies in the world
Then at night she’s pullin calves   Just like a genuine cowgirl

Oh the farm life looks romantic
Til the tractor’s broken down
So to pay that big repair bill
There’s the wife who works in town

While her husband’s sortin cattle   And deciding which to sell
She’s in trapped behind a counter   With the customer from hell
She’s waitin for the weekend   When she’ll finally get outside
On her horse or in her garden   Out beneath the open sky

Her mom stayed on the farm to work
Back in the simpler days
But-now family farms can’t make enough
To keep the wolf away

So her husband works all by himself Though he needs a helping hand
She worries that he might get hurt   Alone out on the land
But-she leaves home in the dark each day To make that big long drive
She’s haulin kids and dodging deer  No time to wonder why

They need that steady paycheck
When-the market price is down
For the years of flood or drought times
There’s the wife who works in town

She’s a teacher or a waitress  Gives a haircut you can trust
She’s a clerk down at the feed store  Twice a day she drives the bus
She’s trapped behind the counter, But she mustn’t wear a frown
Though-her heart’s out in the country, She’s the wife who works in town
Photos by Annie & John Wilson.
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