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A NOTE ABOUT PUBLISHING:

All works by Woody Guthrie are held under U.S. Copyright Law. If you are interested in using a song for publication, recording, performance, or other, please contact the appropriate publisher listed at the bottom of each lyric.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Anna Canoni at: acanoni(at)woodyguthrie.org


PUBLISHER'S CONTACTS:

TRO-Essex Music Group
Attn: Christina Sayles
266 West 37th Street, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10018-6609
T: 212-594-9795 x24
Website


Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc.
(Administered by BMG Chrysalis)
Attn: Gregg Barron
6100 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite #1600,
Los Angeles, CA 90048
T: (323) 969-0988
E: info.us@bmgchrysalis.com
Website


Sanga Music Group
(Administered by Bicycle Music)
449 South Beverly Drive, Suite 300
Beverly Hills, CA 90212 
T: 310-286-6600
Website


Michael Goldsen Music, Inc.
6124 Selma Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90068


MCA Music Publishing
c/o Universal Music, Inc
2440 Sepulveda Boulevard, #100
Los Angeles, CA 90064


 

 

Ashes To Ashes, Dust To Dust
Words by Woody Guthrie, Music by Hans-Eckardt Wenzel

Ashes to ashes and dust to dust,
Show me a woman that a man can trust.
Snakes on the desert and fish in the sea,
A rattlesnake mama made a sucker out of me.

O tell me how long must I have to wait?
Can I get you now or must I hesitate?

Bacon to bacon and beans to beans,
I got a cornbread mama in New Orleans.
Turtles in the rivers, alligators in the swamp,
A Louisiana mama keeps a man on the jump.

O tell me how long must I have to wait...

It's beer to beer and ale to ale,
I got a L.A. mama in the Frisco Jail.
Gold in the mountains, copper in the hills,
They caught my gal with a forty gallon still.

O tell me how long must I have to wait...

Ham to ham and eggs to eggs
If I don't get a pension I'll have to beg.
There's a lot of crooked politician men;
It would be all right if it wasn't for them.

O tell me how long must I have to wait...

I tried to get a job all over town;
Seven hundred places they turned me down.
They told me six weeks I could get relief,
But I ain't got a bite to eat.

O tell me how long must I have to wait...

 


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