Young, Neil - John Oaks Lyrics

John Oaks is in the neighborhood
Protecting all the trees
He's the master of irrigation
And he knows what he sees

Grape farmers watering everywhere
Pipes running where they please
John sees his laws are broken
Trees drowning where they breathe

Now John used to be a mellow man
Drinking Chai and smoking weed
Ain't no one in the county
Ever see'd whatever he see'd

John Oaks, John Oaks
John Oaks, John Oaks

Old John rides in his pickup
With rakes and friends in the back
Workers he takes with him
Then he drives them all back

To protect them from the politicians
Using them to get ahead
Preying on the people
Trying to get inside their heads

John Oaks is really stand-up
He won't take shit lying down
He calls it like he sees it
And he puts his money down

John Oaks, John Oaks
John Oaks, John Oaks

One day at the demonstration
John Oaks was standing up
He arrived there at the location
In his old pickup truck

Took a rake in his hand
And his workers by his side
Stood there waiting for his turn
To speak and turn the tide

When he found himself surrounded
By police everywhere
They tried to take his workers to jail
When he grabbed one by his hair

John Oaks, John Oaks
John Oaks, John Oaks

Shots rang out and people yelled
As the police took control
Shot a black man right where he fell
With a sniper on the knoll

John Oaks saw law and order
Was leading him astray
Tried to get back in his pickup
With his workers to get away

That's when the police moved in
And stood there in his way
John started up his pickup
And that was his last day

John Oaks, John Oaks
John Oaks, John Oaks

They said he had a pistol
When the old pickup backfired
And shot him there behind the wheel
And then John Oaks expired

The workers grabbed the rakes
And that's all that I can say
They went to the cemetery
And they stay there to this day

John Oaks, John Oaks
John Oaks, John Oaks

John Oaks, John Oaks
John Oaks, John Oaks

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  1. Rykensnow

    I love neil he is so inspirational

  2. Terry Calvin

    admirable song, inspired.

  3. circles in the night

    I love this album

  4. Jannik Moller

    I do not understand. I did not write it was bad, someone else did. The music is great(as I wrote) cheer up!!

  5. Jannik Moller

    I did read a critic on this album a few weeks ago and it said it was terrible. Well - I do not think so. Listened to 6 songs now and its a fucking nice album. Of course, I´ve always loved Niel Young---


    Jannik I've been listening to Neil since his first album and most of the time have loved his work but if this album was put out by an unknown performer he'd be lucky to get it played or bought anywhere. May he get back to the good music  we know he can perform. Admire his politics but the music is crap.

    Zoran Ranzo

    Crap? the song Peace Trail??? Come on!


    The music is crap? What the hell are you on! I mean come on, I know everyone has the right to their own opinion but I think this album is a masterpiece. Especially Peace Trail, that is one excellent song.

    That being said, I'll listen to anything Neil Young puts out.


    nuff said TheLunatic. So would I

  6. MrRaven

    I once met John Oaks at a gay swinger Club and this guy was awesome!!