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Jimmy Dean

from Blackbirds by Alex Hickey

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In 2006, I went on a road trip to Memphis and Nashville with my friend, Morag. We saw and heard many amazing things on that trip, but the decay of industrial and commercial America was one of the most striking. This song came out of some of our experiences.


Tried to find the birthplace of Jimmy Dean
Not because it meant that much to you or me
But the guidebook said we were passing close
What the hell we’re almost at the birthplace of Jimmy Dean

Stopped into a little town— no Jimmy Dean
As a matter of fact
not a lot of anything
Just a-boarded up buildings
Not a soul to be seen
We’ll have to look a little harder for Jimmy Dean

Oooohhh, Jimmy Dean
When did all of this decay set in?
Looks like there’s no one left to begin again
In memory of Jimmy Dean

At the Gas City museum we stopped to ask the way
“Oh” they said, “it’s easy, just go back the way you came
At the Wesleyan Church hang a left and then go straight
And you will see his homestead and you will see his grave.”

We looked at one another and we shrugged and looked away
Guess we’ve had enough Jimmy Dean for one day
The road is callin’
What’s ahead might be bleak
But there’s no turning back for Jimmy Dean


from Blackbirds, released September 18, 2012




Alex Hickey West Dublin, Nova Scotia

Alex Hickey is a Nova Scotian songwriter whose songs walk a delicate line between cynicism and a passionate love for the world. Clever and poignant, funny, heartbreaking and punch-to-the-guts honest, every CD or live performance should come with a packet of tissues. ... more

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