(Today I Don't Mind Livin' in a) Small Town
by Memphis Evans

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"(Today I Don't Mind Livin' in a) Small Town" is one I wrote while doing laundry at the laundromat in Northfield in 1996. I worked at the town newspaper at the time and there were a lot of stories about feedlot size expansions and chain department stores changing the character of the town. I suppose it's clear where my feelings were.

I was very happy with the song, recorded it several times over the years, and played it at pretty much every Great Uncle Helmer or Memphis solo show over the last quarter century. (Yeesh! When did that happen?) This version was started in 1999. Pete Rivard of The Rivertown Rats added banjo in 2003. I always intended to have Karl sing a harmony and play his magical harmonica solo and we may yet do that at some point. But for now I have created an accordion solo I am happy with. And it only took 83 takes!

I included this song in Episode 1 because it got two votes when I asked for requests, more than any other song.

Lyrics:
It's the last few days of the season up at Dairy Queen
Some wide eyed kid stomps the spark out of a cigarette
A black dog is lickin' some vanilla off of the ground
And today I don't mind livin' in a small town

I go down with Erica to the record store
Might see some people we know along Division Street
Maybe buy a paper and sit maybe just walk around
And today I don't mind livin' in a small town

Runnin' around in this snakebit town
I don't know why
so many lives
just can't seem to ever get off the ground

The highway expands with strip malls I wanna destroy
Ever more cars and the moneymen are jumpin' for joy
Just like the wind blows away a pretty butterfly
Stick around son and you're gonna see a small town die

Runnin' around in this snakebit town
I don't know why
so many lives
just can't seem to ever get off the ground

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