Keys Allen

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Bovey, Minnesota, United States
Member Since: 2003
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Song Description

A farmer remembers the lessons his father tasught him; the hardest being that everything feeds on everything else. The story concerns the farmer understanding that lesson through his own life and through the life and death of his father.

Story Behind the Song



Everything Feeds On Everything Else

I was raised in the country by my dear old Pa
He taught me how to sing and abide the law
How to mow hay, how to hoe the row
How to count days and the way things grow
One thing he told me struck deep as a well
He said, "Everything feeds on everything else"

He said,

"Birds eat worms, worms eat dirt
But if dogs eat dogs what's it all worth
It's a funny old world near as I can tell
'Cause everything feeds on everything else"

Our neighbor down the dell name of Mordichai Jones
Made a living carving spoons out of road kill bones
He sold 'em to the tourists from a highway stand
He wore a baseball cap said, "Business Man"
Papa bought me a spoon so I'd remember it well
When he said, "Everything feeds on everything else"

He said,


No one ever knew what became of my Pa
Heading out hunting was the last we saw
We found his gear 'neath a cliff where the ledge was broke
And laying on the ground was a scribbled note
It said, "Son, be careful if you call for help
'Cause everything feeds on everything else"

It said,


Yesterday evening I bought me a jar
And took a walk in the moon about twice too far
I ripped the seat out my pants down by Morgan Lake
My tenderest parts became mosquito bait
I thought about Pa as I ran for the dell
'Cause everything was feeding on my everything else


copyright AKA 2000

Song Length
Country - Alternative, Country - Contemporary
Tempo / Feel
Medium Fast (131 - 150)
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal
Affable, Amiable

Subject Matter
Existence, Life

Similar Artists
Leon Russell, Lyle Lovett
2000 and later

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