Ry Cooder

PRODIGAL SON

[Verse 1]
Now the prodigal son was a forward child
His mind was not to obey
But after he left his father’s house
He thought he had gone astray

[Chorus]
That’s why
I believe that, I believe that I will go back home
Yes, I believe that, I believe that I will go back home
I believe that, I believe that I will go back home
And be a servant of the Lord

[Verse 2]
Now his father saw him coming
And he met him with a smile
And threw his arms around him
Saying this is my darling child

[Chorus]
I believe that, I believe that I will go back home
Yes, I believe that, I believe that I will go back home
I believe that, I believe that I will go back home
And be a servant of the Lord

[Verse 3]
Now the father asked the prodigal
Son, why you been gone so long?
What made you so love the world
And forget your happy home
The prodigial said “I searched for true religion, but
No faith and no peace could I find
Until I came to a little place called Bakersfield
That eased my troublin’ mind”

[Chorus]
I believe that, I believe that I will go back home
Yes, I believe that, I believe that I will go back home
I believe that, I believe that I will go back home
And be a servant of the Lord

[Verse 4]
Now, I wandered into a tavern
Where a music band was playin’
Now, the steel guitar rang out so sweet
I feel that I was prayin’
And I asked a comely waitress
“Is this a new teaching?”
Yeah, she said, “There is no God but God
And Ralph Mooney is his name”
I said, “Let me empty your ashtray, Mr. Mooney
And if the drunks interfere I’ll be sad
But just as long as you sit there on the bandstand
And play your guitar like Buddha, I’ll be glad!”
Now the father asked the prodigal
“Did you smell the sweet perfume and hear the angel band?”
He said, “Daddy! Dim lights, thick smoke, and loud, loud music
Is the only kind of truth I’ll ever understand!”

[Chorus]
That’s why
I believe that, I believe that I will go back home
I believe that, I believe that I will go back home
I believe that, I believe that I will go back home
And be a servant of the Lord
I believe that, I believe that I will go back home
I believe that, I believe that I will go back home
I believe that, I believe that I will go back home
And be a servant of the Lord
I believe that, I believe that I will go back home
I believe that, I believe that I will go back home
I believe that, I believe that I will go back home
And be a servant of the Lord


Ry Cooder at the Paramount Theater August 14, 2018:  Great concert accompanied by the Hamiltones. One hella show!

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