October 16, 2010
Fitzgerald Theater

Saint Paul, MN

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Make Me A Pallet (lyrics)

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Make me down a pallet on your floor
Make me down a pallet on your floor
Need a pallet, something soft and low
I am broke and I have no place to go.

Can't stay at my girlfriend's anymore
Can't stay at my girlfriend's anymore
She took my stuff and she threw it out the door
She got over me a long time ago

My mother she told me goodbye
I've been living with her since July
She threw me out of my boyhood home
Said it's time to make it on my own.

I went to stay with friends of mine
Had some good times with these friends of mine
They were kind for a week or so
And then they said I had to go

Make me down a pallet on your floor
Make me down a pallet on your floor
Need a pallet, something soft and low
I am broke and I have no place to go.

INST.

I hate to ask for help from you
But what else can a poor man do
All my friends and my family
They all turn their backs on me

I will mow the grass and sweep your floor
Do your shopping at the grocery store
Paint your ceiling, paint the kitchen walls
You don't have to talk to me at all

You know me from the radio
Used to have a show on the radio
Had a show a couple years ago
Why I got fired I don't know

So, make me down a pallet on your floor
Make me down a pallet on your floor
Make me down a pallet soft and low
I'm broke and I got no where to go

INST.

I don't drink whiskey anymore
I don't smoke and I don't snore
Sun goes down and I disappear
You won't even know that I am here.

Can't stay in Minnesota in the snow
Can't stay in the cold and the snow
I'm saving up to go to Mexico
Expect I'll go in a month or so.

I will pay back everything I owe
Pay you back everything I owe
Pay my debts cause I am no deadbeat
Soon as I can get back on my feet

I am going to get a job
Someday I will be right back on top
All I need is a little helping hand
And I will make it back, I know I can

Make me down a pallet on your floor
Make me down a pallet on your floor
Need a pallet, something soft and low
I am broke I have no place to go.

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