Farmer's Almanac
Johnny Cash

Well, the farmer prayed for a better year
And the crops were good like the Lord did hear
But his barn burned down within winter near
The answer came in white and black in the farmer's almanac,
It says: "If a man could have half his wishes he could double his trouble"
(Benjamin Franklin's Phrase that means: Some wishes causes us trouble, some wishes frees us from part of this trouble...)

A sweet old lady was 84 when her kinfolks came for a month or more
Now from overwork she's on the other shore:
_Much too late was y'all come back! And it says in the farmer's almanac,
It says: "Visitors and fish smell after three days"

Our leader was a silver-tongued man, he deceived the people of the land
And when he got caught he couldn't stand
It's a little off-beat and a little off-track but it says in the farmer's almanac,
It says: "In rivers and bad government the lightest things flow to the top"

Rod said:_I don't believe in God. Rod died and lies beneath the sod
For God did not believe in Rod
Life is a troubled and a weary track but it says in the farmer's almanac,
It says: "Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death"

The little boy followed the honeybee and it flew straight to the honey-tree
He got stung but got the honey free
Consolation for the things you lack is in the farmer's almanac: It says,
"God gives us the darkness so we can see the stars"

He came home three hours late from work and said:
_I had a flat and fell in the dirt
She said: You got lipstick on your shirt!
Well it turned out like Jill and Jack and it says in the farmer's almanac,
It says: "Lies have to be covered up, truth can run around naked"

He said: _Honey you know I'm true I just look at other women that's all I do.
Then she caught him with her best friend Peggy Sue
Sometimes some women will look back and it says in the farmer's almanac,
It says: There's a lot of difference in 'window-shoppin'' and 'shop-liftin'

I sat down at a shoeshine stand I had a real slow shoeshine man
I said you don't pop that rag like some of 'em can
He looked at me and then he sat right back it says in the farmer's almanac
It says: "The trouble with the world today is:There's too much 'poppin'' and not enough 'shinin' "