Permit To Go Fishin'
©2006 Garrett Clevenger
A I don't need no permit to go fishin'
A E It's my God-given right to fish the sea
D E A and every lake, river, creek and tributary.
D E D E A I'll bait my hook and catch a fish forme.
E A I was sleepin' at my favorite fishin' hole,
E A liein' in the shade with my pole
D A danglin' in the water, waitin' for a fish
A E A to pull my line and wake me from my lull.
E A All of a sudden I felt a tuggin'
E A I held on tight and opened up my eyes.
D A Instead of findin' a fish waitin' there for me.
A E A A ranger was standin' there to my surprise.
E A "Son, do you gotta permit?"
E A "Well," I said, "that all depends,
D A "I don't need any stinkin' permision
A E A "I've been fishin' at this spot since I was ten."
E A Ranger Dick gave me a citation.
E A Then said it's 'cause of folks like me.
D A That we can't fund any education
A E A and many holes are now history.
E A I thought 'bout that as my court date drew near.
E A I was fightin' my cause all the way.
D A It must be written in the Constitution
A E A Our right to fish without needin' to pay.
E A I lost the case and paid the legal fees.
E A It cost more than a permit would have been.
D A I also learned a very valuable lesson.
A E A Please heed my words so this won't happen again.
E A 'Cause yesterday I grabbed my fishin' gear.
E A I went down to my fishin' hole.
D A There were 50 other people fightin' for my spot.
A E A There were no fish left and the property was sold.
A I now buy a permit to go fishin'
A E it's my responsibility.
D E A You gotta support your passion with money
D E D E A or else it's gonna be history.