The American Journal of Poetry
"Strong Rx Medicine"®


Terry Allen

Amarillo Highway


Well, I'm a high straight in Plainview
Side bet in Idalou
And a fresh deck in New Deal
Yeah, some call me high hand
And some call me low hand
But, I'm holding what I am--the Wheel

I'ma panhandlin'
Man handlin'
Post holin'
High rollin'
Dust Bowlin' Daddy
And I ain't got no blood veins
I just got them four lanes
Of hard Amarillo Highway


I don't wear no Stetson
But I'm willin' to bet, son
That I'm a big a Texan as you are
There's a girl in her barefeet
'Sleep on the back seat
An that trunk is full of Pearl and Lone Star

Gonna hop outta bed
Pop a pill in my head
Yeah, bust the Hub for the Golden Spread
Under blue skies
Gonna stuff my hide
Behind some power glide
And get some southern fried back in my eyes
And close I'll ever get to Heaven
Is makin' speed up ol' 87
Of that hard-ass Amarillo Highway


© Terry Allen, Green Shoes Pub./ Courtesy Paradise of Bachelors




TERRY ALLEN is a country music songwriter, singer, musician in the outlaw country / Texas country genre.  He is also a painter, sculptor and conceptual artist.  He is the recipient of three NEA grants and a Guggenheim Fellowship.  Mr. Allen’s artwork has appeared in the New York Museum of Modern Art, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles Museum, Espace Lyonnais d’Art and other prominent museums internationally.



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