Highway Patrolman
Bruce Springsteen

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My name is Joe Roberts, I work for the state
I'm a sergeant out of Perrineville Barracks #8
I always done an honest job, as honest as I could
I got a brother named Franky, and Franky ain't no good

Now ever since we was young kids, it's been the same come down
I get a call on the shortwave, Franky's in trouble downtown
Well if it was any other man, I'd put him straight away
But when it's your brother sometimes you look the other way

Yeah, me and Franky laughin' and drinkin'
Nothin' feels better than blood on blood
Takin' turns dancin' with Maria
As the band played "Night of the Johnstown Flood"
I catch him when he's strayin' like any brother would
Man turns his back on his family, well, he just ain't no good

Well, Franky went in the army back in 1965
I got a farm deferment settled down took Maria for my wife
But then wheat prices kept on droppin'
Till it was like we were gettin' robbed
Franky came home in '68
And me I took this job

Yeah, me and Franky laughin' and drinkin'
Nothin' feels better than blood on blood
Takin' turns dancin' with Maria
As the band played "Night of the Johnstown Flood"
I catch him when he's strayin'
Teach him how to walk that line
Man turns his back on his family, he ain't no friend of mine

Well, the night was like any other,
I got a call 'bout quarter to nine
There was trouble in a roadhouse
Out on the Michigan line
There was a kid lyin' on the floor lookin' bad,
Bleedin' hard from his head
There was a girl cryin' at a table,
And it was Frank they said

Well, I went out and I jumped in my car
Then I hit the lights
Well, I must of done 110
Through Michigan county that night
It was out at the crossroads
Down round Willow bank
Seen a Buick with Ohio plates
Behind the wheel was Frank

Well I chased him through them county roads
Till a sign said Canadian border 5 miles from here
I pulled over the side of the highway
And watched his taillights disappear

Yeah, me and Franky laughin' and drinkin'
Nothin' feels better than blood on blood
Takin' turns dancin' with Maria
As the band played "Night of the Johnstown Flood"
I catch him when he's strayin' like any brother would
Man turns his back on his family, well, he just ain't no good