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To get in the proper Texas frame of mind - just pretend there's a lazy country fiddle playing in the background…

Luckenbach Moon
written by Hondo Crouch
(recorded on the general store front porch in Luckenbach, Texas)
From the stupendous double record album/CD by Jerry Jeff Walker
A Man Must Carry On

Nuthin' much happened in Luckenbach this month
'Cept the potato chip man came by

And then there was the moon...

We try to tell folks who come here to look at our town…
What a big, mean moon we have

But nobody'll believe it

And last night it showed off
The greatest ever

It just hung there, darin' you to look at it
Makin' silhouettes into things,

and things came alive

It even shined plumb to the bottom of the canyon,
under bluffs

And plopped dark doughnuts 'round the bottom of the trees on top of the mountain.

It's a kind of moon
that makes haunted houses uglier

And ugly girls prettier

And little old animals see farther
and feel closer together

Brave weeds rose up

to look 'round for lawn mowers

Grandpa sat up in bed and said, What's that?
And the hair on Grandma's legs stood on end

He said, On moon brite nites like this
Big eyed deer tip-toe into larger openings
and dance better
'Cause they can see where the rocks are at

And their prancing gets fancier and freer

'Cause they know man's not there
to dampen the dance

This kind of moonshine makes you crazy, they say
If you try sleeping in it...

But I think you're crazy not to try it.

Momma slept with the baby to protect it
And I flounced around in bed

in spite of being protected by a thick rock house

When I went outside to see what was the matter
Somethin' scared cold chills up my back

Everything was standin' at attention over new shadows

Then what was that that moved?
Just probably a nuthin'!

A big full moon is like a person
It needs help to show off

And last night all the clouds stayed home on purpose to create a great solo

We can't stand an encore!
Takes too much out of you.

Those who saw the moon
said they could smell it...

And one said it tasted like sin

And the quietness at the parkside road was deafening
And the little single couple sittin' there touched the back of their hands together

Scare me!

We've been tellin' strangers who come to Luckenbach 'bout our moon

But I know they won't believe

we have such a big moon

For such a small town.

Copyright 1973 Grape Creek Music BMI

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