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Rodney Crowell - California Earthquake (A Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On) Lyrics

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  • There was a California earthquake in the year of '83
  • It shook the living daylights out of the Owens County Seat
  • There weren't a building still left standing when the dust had cleared away
  • Just a rumble in the distance all the way to San Andrea
  • Sherman Buck was driving his old mule into town
  • When a big one came and shook so hard that it knocked him to the ground
  • Lord there opened up a hole so big he thought his time was up
  • Lord it swallowed up that poor old mule and it just missed Sherman Buck
  • California earthquake you just don't know what you've done
  • We may fall off in the ocean Lord you'll never make us run
  • You're a partner of the devil Lord we ain't afraid of him
  • We'll build ourselves another town so you can tear it down again
  • [Dobro]
  • Then came the quake of '99 that levelled Mission Creek
  • The earth was like an ocean churning with waves of twenty feet
  • Lord it sounded like a thousand trains were screaming underground
  • Clean across to San Joachim they heard that mournful sound
  • California earthquake you just don't know what you've done...
  • Then came one day the holocaust Lord on rocks of Franciso Bay
  • Miles of walls came down like old Jericho that day
  • Might near everything the earthquake missed a holy fire consumed
  • Just left 'em smoke and the ashes of the dreams that can't be ruined
  • California earthquake you just don't know what you've done...
  • Lord we'll build ourselves another town you can tear it down again

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