Where Are We Gonna Work When the Trees Are Gone? (Darryl Cherney)

“Where Are We Gonna Work When the Trees Are Gone?” Sheet Music (pdf).
“Where Are We Gonna Work When the Trees Are Gone?” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: Darryl Cherney.
Tune: Darryl Cherney.


I come from a long, long line of tree fallin’ men,
And this company town was here before my grandpappy settled in.
We kept enough trees a-standing, so our kids could toe the line.
But now a big corporation’s come and bought us out, got us working double time.
But tell me….

Where are we gonna work when the trees are gone?
Will the big boss have us wash his car, or maybe mow his lawn?
I’m a man; I’m a man; I’m a lumberjack man. But I fear it ain’t for long.
Tell me, where are we gonna work when the trees are gone?

Now, these corp’rate mergers make no sense to me,
But they got them this great big debt to pay, so we’re clearcutting all the trees.
Now, that old fishing hole, where I used to take my son,
You know, we trashed it out last Monday morning. Good Lord, what have we done?
So tell me….

Where are we gonna work when the trees are gone?
Will the big boss have us wash his car, or maybe mow his lawn?
I’m a man; I’m a man; I’m a lumberjack man. But I fear it ain’t for long.
Tell me, where are we gonna work when the trees are gone?

Now, these Wall Street money men, they’ve got me mad.
I’ve got a fam’ly to feed, and fallin’ trees is the only job I ever had.
Say, folks, we just can’t stand here while this boom and bust goes on.
We’ve got to slow down this big corporation before all the trees are gone.
And tell me….

Where are we gonna work when the trees are gone?
Will the big boss have us wash his car, or maybe mow his lawn?
I’m a man; I’m a man; I’m a lumberjack man. But I fear it ain’t for long.
Tell me, where are we gonna work when the trees are gone?


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