Time period: 1923
Location: Montgomery County, Alabama, along US 80
Dramatis personae: Maclin Hooper (1877-1955), Lamar Hooper (1907-1969)
Mac Hooper was a tenant farmer in Montgomery County, Alabama, growing cotton, corn, and sorghum. He depended upon his son, Lamar, to help with the farm work, but Lamar hated farm work and couldn’t wait to take off for the nearest city, Montgomery which was about 50 miles down Highway 80 East.
Lamar Hooper was Levi Hooper‘s grandfather.
MAGOMRY (f.d. leone) I been dreamin' about Magomry This stinkin' farm is his, and he can have it My hands are calloused, and ugly I want my own life, that's all I'm askin' I'm sixteen and I made a choice It's branded on my heart, and in my soul I've had my fill of my father's voice There's a fire in me, I can't control Magomry is just down the road Where I wanna be, where I need to go Gonna get out from under my old man Magomry is the answer to who I am I guess my dad once had dreams Somewhere along the way he give up on them Now he looks around for someone to blame And I sure don't want to end up like him In Magomry the first thing I'll do I take a long walk down those wide sunny streets I'm sure in a week or two Get me a good job and it'll be sweet Magomry is just down the road Where I wanna be, where I need to go Gonna get out from under my old man Magomry is the answer to who I am Gonna get out while I still can Magomry is the answer to who I am My father left all his dreams behind He's doing his best to kill mine too When I see that city limit sign My dreams will start, coming true
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