Iowa Writes

WILLIAM ELLIOT WHITMORE
Black Iowa Dirt


I'll put that black Iowa dirt on a biscuit
I'll put that black Iowa dirt in my tea
I'll put that black Iowa dirt in a big ol' bucket
and carry it around with me

I took a walk in the corn row this mornin',
last night it rained an inch or two
it was gettin' hard to walk so I looked down at my feet,
I got that black Iowa dirt on my shoes

I got that dirt underneath my fingernails,
I got that dirt runnin' through my veins
That black Iowa dirt turns my blood to mud
every time it rains

In the east field I got a little rye patch,
in the north field I got my corn
up on high ground is where I'll be found,
in the house where I was born

I'll put that black Iowa dirt on a biscuit
I'll put that black Iowa dirt in my tea
I'll put that black Iowa dirt in a big ol' bucket
and carry it around with me

I took a walk in the corn row this mornin',
last night it rained an inch or two
it was gettin' hard to walk so I looked down at my feet,
I got that black Iowa dirt on my shoes

I got that dirt underneath my fingernails,
I got that dirt runnin' through my veins
That black Iowa dirt turns my blood to mud
every time it rains

In the east field I got a little rye patch,
in the north field I got my corn
up on high ground is where I'll be found,
in the house where I was born

I've seen black Iowa dirt help a family
get by on a wing and a prayer
I've seen black Iowa dirt explode out the ground
and go a thousand feet in the air

I got that dirt underneath my fingernails
I got that dirt runnin' through my veins
that black Iowa dirt turns my blood to mud
every time it rains

I got me a big ol' patch of 'taters,
I got me a big ol' patch of beans
I got that black Iowa dirt on my new white shirt,
I got that black Iowa dirt on my jeans

I'll put that black Iowa dirt on a biscuit,
I'll put that black Iowa dirt in my tea
When they go to fill my grave on the hill
They'll put that black Iowa dirt over me

I got that dirt underneath my fingernails,
I got that dirt runnin' through my veins
that black Iowa dirt turns my blood to mud
every time it rains

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About Iowa Writes

Since 2006, Iowa Writes has featured the work of Iowa-identified writers (whether they have Iowa roots or live here now) and work published by Iowa journals and publishers on The Daily Palette. Iowa Writes features poetry, fiction, or nonfiction twice a week on the Palette.

In November of 2008, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Iowa City, Iowa, the world's third City of Literature, making the community part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

Iowa City has joined Edinburgh, Scotland and Melbourne, Australia as UNESCO Cities of Literature.

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WILLIAM ELLIOT WHITMORE

William Elliott Whitmore is an Iowa-based singer and songwriter. His latest album is Song of the Blackbird.

William Elliott Whitmore website

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on September 26, 2006

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