~ Desert Rat ~
(lyrics by Michael Martin Murphy)

Valley of the Gods National Monument, Utah

Valley of the Gods National Monument, Utah. For a larger version please click here.

She sits on the front porch
(Of) the old house that stands scorched
Under the sun stroke of a desert day that choked
Her old man who fell in the sun.

Valley of the Gods National Monument, Utah 92016)

Utah Juniper, Valley of the Gods National Monument, Utah.

With rattle snakes and keep sakes
Old boxes of Corn Flakes
Grammar phones and gem stones
And three unclaimed door frames
And bleached bones and rocks by the ton.

Good by ol’ desert rat
Ya half crazy wild cat
You knew where it was at
What life’s all about.

Valley of the Gods National Monument, Utah

Geronimo’s Cadillac, Valley of the Gods National Monument, Utah.

Ya saver of catalogs, king of the prairie dogs
Success is survival and you toughed it out,
You toughed it out.

Old Bridge and San Juan River, Mexican Hat, Utah (2016)

Mexican Hat, Utah.

The old loud mouth rock hound
He kept the kids spellbound
Half crazy and sun baked
Ya eared your own grubstake
By breakin’ your back all day long

San Juan Trading Post, Mexican Hat, Utah (2016)

San Juan Trading Post, Mexican Hat, Utah.

With junk art and dunk carts
Old Model T parts, frustrated, outdated and uneducated
At eighty you still wrote good songs.

Montezuma Creek, Utah 92016)

Montezuma Creek, Utah.

So goodbye of Ol’ Desert Rat
Ya half crazy wild cat
You knew where it was at
What life’s all about.

San Juan Trading Post, Mexican Hat, Utah (2016)

San Juan Trading Post, Mexican Hat, Utah.

All ya savers of “Whole Earth” catalogs
Kings of the prairie dogs
Success is survival
We’ll all tough it out

San Juan Trading Post, Mexican Hat, Utah (2016)

San Juan Trading Post, Mexican Hat, Utah.

Yes, we’ll all tough it out.

Old Bridge Bar and Grille, Mexican Hat, Utah

Old Bridge Bar and Grille, Mexican Hat, Utah. iPhone 6 panorama.

This map shows the entire route. Photographs on this page were made within the white circle.

This map shows the route of our fall trip. The photographs on this page were made within the white circle. Google maps.