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The Roughneck Song

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The Roughneck Song

Oil drilling is a tough man's life, hard labor all the time
Steel-toed shoes and hard hat crews and soaked all day in grime
Morning tour and evening tour, we're working day and night
To drill the earth for all she's worth, and keep it turnin' to the right

And the lingo used around the rig you won't hear much in church
It'll curl your hair and make you stare and leave you in the lurch
So close your eyes and realize us boys are quite profane
Just drink your beers and plug your ears; here comes our song's refrain

We drink longneck Lone Stars; we eat Frito pie
Give us ****, and we will spit some Red Man in your eye
Don't **** with us, or we will cuss and bring you to the fight
We're low class, but we kick *** to keep it turnin' to the right

We all love West Texas; it's like the Promised Land
Horny toads and rocky roads, and even dunes of sand
Dust storms every morning, northers every night
We get tans and freeze our cans and keep it turnin' to the right

We hang out in beer joints, but we don't fool around
We keep our wits about us and our boots flat on the ground
We may be rough and rowdy, but we go home every night
Then drill it hard and drill it deep and keep it turnin' to the right

We drink longneck Lone Stars; we eat Frito pie
Give us ****, and we will spit some Red Man in your eye
Don't **** with us, or we will cuss and bring you to the fight
We're low class, but we kick *** to keep it turnin' to the right

We p*ss longneck Lone Stars; we f*rt Frito pie
Give us ****, and we will spit some Red Man in your eye
Don't **** with us, or we will cuss and bring you to the fight
We're low class, but we kick *** to keep it turnin' to the right

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  1. Date: 6/13/2013 1:01:00 AM
    Whoo-whee, you had the cussing-spout turned on full blast! Ha! This was an extremely entertaining 'drinking ditty' to read. Roy, thanks for the comment that you left on "Slowly Turning Japanese" .... you steered me towards an older poem of mine which needs fixing(I use too many commas at times. I blame it on having studied P.B. Shelley -- nah, no blaming Percy). Very interesting that your daughter-in-law is from Hokkaido. Your trip to Japan sounds like it was fun for you.

  1. Date: 5/25/2013 5:13:00 AM
    congratulations a super poem on this breed of men I can just see them bellied up to the bar Linda

  1. Date: 5/22/2013 7:46:00 PM
    Congratulations on a great win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 5/20/2013 6:39:00 AM
    Excellent! Many Congrats to you on your win. AO

  1. Date: 5/18/2013 9:12:00 PM
    Congratulations!! a very xool pub song poem... it was a joy coming back here to read all of Cyndi's expression of raising the roof winning poem... hugs and more hugs.. :-) ~ Linda

  1. Date: 5/18/2013 5:36:00 PM
    A man's song if I've ever heard one! arghhhh! Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 5/15/2013 5:53:00 PM
    Great working man's anthem, Roy. Congratulations on your big win.-Red

  1. Date: 5/15/2013 11:26:00 AM
    Roy, the poem sounds like fun. Congratulations with your pub song. ~SKAT~

  1. Date: 5/15/2013 8:36:00 AM
    Wow, Roy.........!! I can see why your poem was a winning entry! This is terrific......so detailed with the life of a roughneck. I'm thinking you are been there (in the oil fields) in your real life?!! So funny, raw and spirited......I love love it!! And it just wouldn't be as good without those raw, naughty words........!!! This was such a fun contest........and I'm glad to share this spot with you.....Great work!!! (ps..have a good vacation...and enjoy your stay in my homestate!)

  1. Date: 5/15/2013 7:59:00 AM
    I'm rollin on the floor right now!...I ain't gonna **** with THEM guys for sure (Or you either for that matter) BIG congrats - Tim

  1. Date: 5/15/2013 7:34:00 AM
    What a talented guy to have around and read the magic you create Roy--awesome my friend!!

  1. Date: 5/15/2013 1:41:00 AM
    I have right pig friends in Alberta who would love this. Congrats on your win. Rick

    Zablocki Avatar Rick Zablocki
    Date: 5/15/2013 1:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    *rig pig friends
  1. Date: 5/14/2013 9:27:00 PM
    Heck, why be humble? :D Congrats on the top win. So well done! Please check out my blog. You'll get a laugh at my comments... so enjoyed this side-splitter.

  1. Date: 4/17/2013 5:50:00 PM
    Ooooh boy! I love it! Definitely sounds like a song too, I can imagine hearing this in a pub! ;) Well done, Roy!

  1. Date: 4/16/2013 6:13:00 PM
    Oh man this poem reminds me of some of my relatives, this is a really cool piece of work, thank you for your comments on my Famous Duos contest win, i really appreciate it

  1. Date: 4/14/2013 4:37:00 PM
    lol. I love your roughneck song, Roy. Good contest entry, my friend. You'd might like to have a look-see at mine. The very best of luck to you in the contest. :)