A Thin Slice of Life

“The sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.”

― Joseph Conrad, The Mirror of the Sea


The south coast of Texas is a thin slice of life
It’ s salty and hard it. It stern as a knife
Where the wind is for blwon’ up hurricanes for showin’
The snakes how to swim and the trees how to lean

The shrimpers and their ladies are out in the beer joints
Drinkin’ em down for they sail with the dawn
They’re bound for the Mexican Bay of Campeche
And the deck hands are singin’ adios Jole Blon

– Guy Clark


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