$50 Barrel Blues

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$50 Barrel Blues


50 dollar barrel blues
The galley’s full of rumours
It’s the way the market goes
It’s the word on the news

Morale low among the crew
Can’t wait til I’m on land
But there’s a storm front coming in
Keeps the chopper on the ground

Other rigs have lost a few
We’ve just lost our sense of humour
Rec room is feeling blue
Rumour spreading like a tumour

Back home it’s Friday night,
And I’m reading market insight
This breakfast just don’t taste right
and 12 hours starts at midnight

When we, wake up and we drill again.

3 weeks to be myself
Before the next rotation
Got these numbers in my phone
this girl needs my attention

These drinks wont buy themselves
And my card can take the weight
We lost ourselves in powder
By sunrise we’re soulmates

2 weeks and 6 days left
My head’s already achin’
I’m already over budget
But there’s an eight ball on the way

An eighth becomes and a half
And a half becomes a whole
I’m watching her my soulmate,
working the pole

When I, wake up and I drill again.

Rusty shower spittin’ water
Before pre-tower meeting
3 weeks of hazy memories
People talkin ‘bout re-training

The rumours all were true,
and the prices fell again
Pumping 40 dollar barrels
But we’re down to 50 men

The forecast may sound bleak
we’ve been here before
Peaks and troughs may come and go
We’ll keep drilling to the core

Whether pumping oil or pushing pens
It’s all just a game
Your 9 to 5 is just a rig
And you are just the same...

When you wake up and you drill again.


released September 5, 2016



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All tracks priced at one gallon of Brent Crude.

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