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Fifteen Hours In Chico
Author: Ben Laney

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I got dropped off
Just outside Chico Town
Stuck up my thumb
And watched the sun sink down
After nighfall
I tried to sleep in a field
But could not shut out
The sound of those whining wheels

Totaled my car
Back in Oregon
All that was left
Was a pile of junk
Out of money
My prospects were wrecked, too
Picked my guitar
And jumped in my highway shoes

My sweet Lady
Is down in the San Joaquin
She's probably wondering
What has become of me
I see her face
Through the heat waves in my brain
When I reach her
We're gonna burst into flames

It's morning now
The sun is burning hot
Traffic is heavy
Still no one has stopped
The hands of time
Have slowed down to a crawl
And I'm still stuck
Beside this stretch of black-top

Now, fifteen hours in Chico
Is sixteen hours too long
I'm already ready to get out
And get long, long gone
I'm feeling hungry, growing weary
Man, I'm dog tired to the bone
Hey, fifteen hours in Chico
Is sixteen hours too long

------- Author's Notes -------

Yet another one about traveling the hard way. I do not advocate hitch-hiking at all. Better to call for help!! Whoah, don't do it, kids!! That road can take the hide off of you!

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Comments on this poem/writing:

Leah (142.59.104.228) -- Friday, September 19 2003, 07:55 am

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Ive thought about hitch hiking b 4 if its the only way im gonna get a ride than why not lol
Ben Laney (68.127.169.72) -- Sunday, August 22 2004, 08:05 pm

Leah, thank you for your...

Leah, thank you for your comment on Fifteen hours in Chico, I am glad you like it. As for that hitch-hiking, I really, really hope you don't ever take the risk. It is even dangerous for a man out there now. Please, call someone you know if you ever get stuck Fifteen Hours In Chico and have them pick you up! Haa! Haaa! Thanks again! Very Best Regards, Ben
 
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