Mitch Greenhill and I released this song on our 1979 album, Storm Coming (Bay Records 215, now available as a CD through CDBaby.com <www.CDBaby.com>), with Mitch playing lead guitar and bass, me on rhythm guitar, and Scott Matthews on drums. Mitch and I shared lead vocals and were joined on harmony sections by the Primordial Oohs (Maryann Price and Carol Burleson). It’s one of my favorites.

 

(CHORUS)
I’m getting ready for the rain to fall
Digging ditches so my house won’t slide
Storm coming — don’t stall to call
Just come on over, it’s dry inside

The weathermen say a storm’s going to come
Me and my family going to stay at home
We’ll build up the woodpile, fix the door
Plenty of room for you and more
If we run out of beds you can sleep on the floor

CHO

What you going to do when the thunder’s crashing
And over on the ridge there’s lightening flashing
When you see the thunderheads rise in the south
You want to make sure that you’ve got a good house
If you don’t dig your ditches you’ll get flooded out

CHO

Stick in the shovel and tromp it on down
I wish my Suzy was back from town
Now country people ain’t a-scared of rain
Wet or dry you lose and gain
But you make damn sure that the water going to drain

CHO

 
 
       
    By Mayne Smith and Mitch Greenhill, 1971
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