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Five Gallon Bucket

from Revolution Rock and Roll Vol. 1 by Gregg Yows

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Written about the ubiquitous five gallon bucket. What an amazing piece of plastic and metal. What can't you do with it?


Well there's a five-gallon bucket
in the back of my truck
I keep it there
In case I run out of luck,
'cause It will hold anything
from water to gas
when shit hits the fan,
it's gonna save my ass
when shit hits the fan,
it's gonna save my ass

I poke holes in the bottom
and plant anything
potatoes in winter
and black-berries in spring,
It's an old fishin' buddy
with cast net inside
and no little corners,
where minnows can hide

Is there anything,
a five-gallon bucket can't do?
you can store all your rice
and your pinto beans too,
you can grow your tomaters
ferment your home-brew,
is there anything
a five gallon bucket can't do?

Its the very best trash can
you can find anywhere
sawdust and cinders,
are perfect in there
and when you really can't wait,
and ain't no-one around
a five gallon bucket
beats a hole in the ground.

five gallons of red wheat,
or chum for catfish
five gallons of concrete
holds down what you wish
step ladder, a kick drum
did I mention home-brew?

no there's nothin, a five gallon bucket can't do.


from Revolution Rock and Roll Vol. 1, track released August 18, 2020


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Gregg Yows Austin, Texas

This is the home of libertarian southern alt-country produced and performed by award-winning songwriter, Greg Jamison.

I am a simple songwriter. My cause is making sure our kids enjoy freedom from the tyrannical, over-taxing, nanny-state government that is currently plaguing our nation. I write songs about it. Maybe it will make some sort of difference. Probably not...but maybe.
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