One Pump Town

One Pump Town

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I think this one is definitely a keeper. However, I managed to write two almost identical, thematically opposite versions of it. I have posted both versions and I'd love to hear which one you think is stronger" Version A (Light), or Version B (Dark)

Version A (Light): http://sean.mcgaughey.ca/20195090/20-SeanMcGaughey-OnePumpTownVerA.mp3

Version B (Dark): http://sean.mcgaughey.ca/20195090/20-SeanMcGaughey-OnePumpTownVerB.mp3

Lyrics: 

One Pump Town © Sean McGaughey Aug 31, 2019
Version A (Light)
V1
Am E7
The sign above the station is faded but it lights
E7 Am
Offering Food and Fuel on the darkest prairie nights
Am E7
Old Jack sleeps on a cot out back, he’s open till 9
E7 Am
If you ring the bell, he’ll give you hell, but he’ll serve you anytime.
Am E7
Cause no station’s open for fifty miles frozen ground
E7 Am
That’s how it’s done in a one pump town.

Chorus 1
F Am
And the ghosts in the streets are all still breathin
G Am
They haunt the Legion complaining, never leavin’
F Am
The kids drift away as soon as they are grown
G Am
Can’t make a living, just survive in a one pump town

V2
Am E7
They talk about the glory days, but glory for whom?
E7 Am
When this town had 4 hotels, a sawmill and saloon
Am E7
There’s been a century of bust but there was never any boom
E7
Now the buildings look too tired to fall down
E7 Am
Folks sleepwalk through a one pump town
Chorus 2
F Am
And the ghosts in the streets are all still breathin
G Am
They haunt the Legion complaining, never leavin’
F Am
The kids drift away as soon as they are grown
G Am
There are no dreams to chase in a one pump town

Bridge
C G
Once in a Blue moon, a young couple comes back around
F C G
Spruces up an old place and proceeds to settle down
F C
Once absent, children’s laughter fills the playground
G C Am
There’s a bit of hope left for this one pump town,

Chorus 3
F Am
And the ghosts in the streets are all still breathin
G Am
They haunt the Legion complaining, never leavin’
F Am
The kids drift away as soon as they are grown
G Am
There are a few dreams left in this one pump town

One Pump Town © Sean McGaughey Aug 31, 2019
Version B (Dark)

V1
Am E7
The sign above the station is faded but it lights
E7 Am
Offering Food and Fuel on the darkest prairie nights
Am E7
Old Jack sleeps on a cot out back, he’s open till 9
E7 Am
If you ring the bell, he’ll give you hell, but he’ll serve you anytime.
Am E7
Cause no station’s open for fifty miles frozen ground
E7 Am
That’s how it’s done in a one pump town.

Chorus 1
F Am
And the ghosts in the streets are all still breathin
G Am
They haunt the Legion complaining, never leavin’
F Am
The kids drift away as soon as they are grown
G Am
Can’t make a living, just survive-- in a one pump town

V2
Am E7
They talk about the glory days, but glory for whom?
E7 Am
When this town had 4 hotels, a sawmill and saloon
Am E7
There’s been a century of bust but there was never any boom
E7
Now the buildings look too tired to fall down
E7 Am
Folks sleepwalk through a one pump town

Chorus 2
F Am
And the ghosts in the streets are all still breathin
G Am
They haunt the Legion complaining, never leavin’
F Am
The kids drift away as soon as they are grown
G Am
There are no dreams to chase in a one pump town

Verse 3 (Dark)
Am E7
They found old Jack in a Cadillac, on the hoist in the shop
E7 Am
Blue smoke pouring out the windows. Someone called the cops.
Am E7
For some folks it ain’t sink or swim, it’s hang or drown
E7 Am
No one gets out alive in this one pump town.

Chorus 3
F Am
And the ghosts in the streets are all still breathin
G Am
They haunt the Legion complaining never leavin’
F Am
The kids drift away as soon as they are grown
G Am
There’s no hope to be found in this one pump town



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Comments

AndyGetch's picture

Two interesting alternate last verse/chorus and instrumentation. Depends on whether the desire is to leave the listener with a hopeful outlook, or sadness. Both work and could stand alone as separate tunes.

tcelliott's picture

I like your story telling here. For me A was a better listen, but I'm not sure it's a better version. If that makes sense.

cts's picture

You weave an interesting and involved story. It has a nice Eagles vibe to it, which I totally dig. Nice work, man!

fresh spotless youth's picture

This is some fantastic storytelling. I know this place! A century of bust bust without any boom--now that is a killer line. I like the way you end on a vaguely hopeful note. This is excellent all around