Not a Drop of Rain

Streets are almost empty, shops are closed down
There’s not a soul left in the bar to tell my troubles to
Think I’ll walk down to the river that runs just south of town
I hate like hell when there ain’t nothin’ left to do
But stand beneath the river bridge and listen for the train
It’s been a long hot summer, not a drop of rain

I broke down in December
I headed for the coast
I thought the wind and water would elevate my mind
I surfaced in the springtime feelin’ like a ghost
Missin’ more than ever the things I left behind
Now I’m standin’ on this riverbank and still cannot explain
It’s been a long hot summer, not a drop of rain

My bag is full of letters unopened and unread
I’m sure they’d tell the story of worry and of form
My heart is beating heavy with all we left unsaid
I swear to you I never meant you any harm
But sacrifice and compromise could never stand the strain
It’s been a long hot summer, not a drop of rain…

The clouds are building slowly on the skyline to the east
The wind and dust are dancing like the devil across the lake
I could try to find a bottle or try to find a priest
Salvation won’t be traveling either road I take
So I turn my collar to the wind that echoes this refrain
It’s been a long hot summer, not a drop of rain

I sure hope Governor Goodhair doesn’t put his political career above the needs of Texas residents, but why change his behavior now?  I’m putting 75% odds on him refusing any offer of federal disaster assistance for Texas, so he can score points with the Tea Party.

[Photos: San Antonio Express-News and Austin American-Statesman; Lyrics: Robert Earl Keen]



Considering that dingus Bachhman proclaimed that “god” sent messages via weather, I wonder what message “god” sent Tejas?

I guessing it is:
1) That’s what you get for denying man made global climate change
2) Only idiots put golf greens in the middle of the desert.
3) God hates Tejas.
4) What the hell are all of you living in a desert?
5) BBQ is overrated.
6) God hates the Dallas Cowboys and any other Tejas football team, but mostly the Cowboys.
7) All of the above.

The central part of Texas – the Hill Country – isn’t the desert.


Bachmann will probably think it’s God saying she’s chosen over Gov. Good Hair because he didn’t pray hard enough.

No doubt before this is all over, some asshat will say it’s because of the gheyz and liberuls in nearby Austin, or all the brown folk down the road in San Antonio.

Rickdickulous pitched a hissy fit that Obama would not give FEMA money earlier in the season. Seems that Fema had already given more than half plus grants for the earlier fires in Palo Pinto and West Texas Counties. The problems are budget cuts to Texas Forest service.

I lived through the summer of 1980, and now the summer of ’11. It has been a bitch. So hot you can almost feel the heat beating through the roof.I feel bad about watering my yard, yet I can’t let my Oaks die. Despite my best efforts at keeping the earth around my foundation watered my house got a crack. I am lucky when compared to all those folks around the state who lost their homes to fire. It’s just a crack in my foundation.

And the birds and animals. I just cry when I think about them.
What if this happens next summer and the next and the next? What if?

I sure hope Governor Goodhair doesn’t put his political career above …
Lost me there … he will trample on the desiccated bodies of his constituents to get in front of a camera.

My answer: #7 all the above except #4.
Did you know: Texas is the fifth-largest wine-producing state with more than 160 wineries

More fun facts from the Texas Ag Commish:

With more than 142 million acres of private farms, ranches and forestlands, Texas has more land in agricultural production than any other state. However, Texas, the nation’s second-largest agriculture producer, is losing more than 360 acres of farmland daily – land that is critical for the production of those items we’ve come to depend on, such as food and clothing.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Resources Inventory survey shows every state losing farmland from 1982-2007. But in no state is farmland disappearing as fast as it is in Texas. A recent study shows more than 2.1 million acres of farms, ranches and forestlands in Texas were converted for other uses, such as housing, businesses and highways, from 1997 to 2007. This represents a total net loss of more than 1.52 million acres of agricultural land in the Lone Star State.

Add to the fact that Rick the SlickPrick wants to take 1/2 million acres out of production to put a huge super highway (owned by foreign companies) from Mexico through the middle of Texas. China would be able to dump their crap in Mexico ports thus bypassing American ports and American workers. Chaaching!


BTW, w/r/t #5, obviously you’ve never been to the Salt Lick.

@texrednface: I understand watering the oaks. My friends in Austin say there’s a big critter-rescue (and horse-rescue) effort going on in the Hill Country.

My parents’ house looks like the fucking fault map of California with all the cracks in the foundation coming up through the tile in the entry way, kitchen, and dining room.

@texrednface: Champagne vines were preserved during a blight in the 19th century by transport and transplantation to Texas. The surviving repatriated stock, which was defined by the French as the defining variety to be allowed to bear the appellation champagne in their suits against the Australians in the 20th century are, by heritage, Texan.

No I haven’t been. Visited Dallas (work related). Not really a fan of Dallas.

To be honest, I’m not a big fan of tomato sauce based BBQ. I prefer dry rubs and thinner BBQ sauces based on soy sauce or even molasses (but thin.)

BTW, do they give you a free colonoscopy after eating all that food? I suspect the portions are Tejas sized… I could see myself waddling out of there or being rolled out of there a la Violet Beauregard.

@SanFranLefty: A friend in Austin has been re-posting appeals on FB for horse trailers, as well as offers from landowners not in the fire zone to house evacuated horses.


“Bachmann will probably think it’s God saying she’s chosen over Gov. Good Hair because he didn’t pray hard enough.”

And Perry will compare this to the Biblical burning bush, and say it’s a message from God that he should run!

“When God wanted Moses to lead the Israelites he showed him a burning bush… well, my whole damned state’s on fire… what do you thing God’s trying to tell me?!” [Wild applause]

@texrednface: We have more rain. It rained all day yesterday and heavier rain is on the way tomorrow. I passed water tankers apparently sucking water out of the Wallkill to take it away. Is that possible? There’s a new stream running down the hill above the house and a sping is bubbling up beside the carbon-offset willow.

@SanFranLefty: Many areas of the country think that their Bar B Que is the one and only. Personally I like them all and will try them wherever I go. Like these folks on a recent trip to the mid-west –

I really enjoyed visiting these folks in Memphis

We need a water pipeline more than a lousy sands tar pipeline through here.

“a sp[r]ing is bubbling up beside the carbon-offset willow.”
Make sure it isn’t plumbing bubbling up.
What you really don’t want is the bodies in the cemetery bubbling up and floating into your yard. That happens, you know.

@DElurker: I worked with some boys from Alabama one summer. They swore by southern pork bbq. I argued for beef…until I tried pulled pork bbq. I may be a traitor but I won’t go back to beef.

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