STORY BEHIND THE SONG

The story behind this song is one that is familiar if you live in any river town in the midwest. Meth and drug/alcohol addictions has been a huge problem for nearly three decades in these communities, and with that issue comes a lot of property crime even in the smallest of towns. Thanks to the trickle down economics of the 80's  and the NAFTA agreements of the 90's most small towns in Iowa suffer from abject poverty, and a small portion of each community has "regulars" through the court system.

Weekly these folks pictures are up in various newspapers in my particular hometown it is called 'Warrant Wednesday"  and its the same parade of folks generally who are in and out of trouble.  This song is basically about life in one of these Bridge Towns, like Ottumwa, Clinton, Farmington, Burlington, Davenport, Council Bluffs, Dubuque.  And its probably the same in other midwestern river towns as well. After 25 years of living in one of these towns I have experienced the property theft and the issues of the revolving door of the court system.

Drug addiction is a serious matter and I encourage anyone with a family member or neighbor or friend to try encourage them to seek help because its leads to a road of pain and heartache especially for the ones who are left to pick up the pieces.

Broke In Bridge City

Lyrics - John-Paul "Jp" Jones

Composition - John-Paul "Jp" Jones

Copyright (c) 2018 - John-Paul "Jp" Jones (sr) 2020 - Eugene's Trick Bag Records

I was walkin downtown man got in the Rain 
dropped by the station  As I tried to ease my pain 
Picked up the paper Warrant Wednesdays always clear 
So says the newsman bad times are always near 
Well my future might blurry
My pockets might be light 
But baby don’t you worry
Cause my end ain’t in sight 
Broke in Bridge City
Aint no place for me to be
Cause if I don’t watch it -
might get stuck with Tweaker Leah
Where my neighbor when mower  walked out my shed 
thought the other day honesty might be dead 
Please Tell me honor  how can it truly be 
you locked up everybody  but freed old tweaker lee 
Every Body Saying
What Happened to this town
Look at All the Buildings man
They’re just all run down
Broke in Bridge City
Aint no place for me to be
Cause if I don’t watch it -
might get stuck with Tweaker Leah
Broke in Bridge City
Aint no place for me to be
Cause if I don’t watch it -
might get stuck with Tweaker Leah
We got the cure for my problems
Don’t you never mind
Gonna by myself an acreage
and leave this town behind