crossroads bar

I was thinking I didn’t quit on love
Love done quit on me
As I pulled into the roadhouse
at US 36 and K383

I rode this road a million times
And I don’t remember this
But, I needed to pull over
Before heading to Ole Miss

The devils work is never done
He’ll get you what you need
You’ve got to be the stronger man
If you are too succeed

The place was really rocking
No cars, but it was full
And for once I’d found a roadhouse
Without that damn electric bull

I ordered from the barkeep
A fellow known as Slim
And as he turned to fill my order
I could swear I could see through him

I looked around in amazement
Why did I not know this place
But, when I looked at all the people
I knew most every face

I listened to the music
A fellow played a fiddle of gold
I couldn’t get him quite in focus
And a clear thought I’d not hold

Everyone was familiar
Though, something was not right
I could see clear on through them
Was it me, or just the light

I ordered up another
to tell the truth, Slim poured it first
It was like he read my mind
And was in tune with my thirst

A voice came from the distance
Although the voice sounded quite near
There was no one there beside me
But, I could hear it loud and clear

You didn’t give up love
Love done quit on you
That’s why you found this roadhouse
While you were passing through

Your wishes will be granted
Here on K 383
But, first you have to realize
Nothing comes for free

Silent from the shadows
Came a man all dressed in red
From his red leather boots
To the fedora on his head

He said I am the owner
I can fulfill your desire
But, remember if I do it
You must spend time in the fire

I didn’t know quite what he meant
And another drink was poured
I think it was my third or fourth
But, who was keeping score

Love is what you’re after
That’s what brought you to me
That’s why you found this roadhouse
at 36 and 383

Love is yours forever
Though forever will soon end
I can give love everlasting
But, it isn’t free my friend

You must want what I am giving
As he stared with eyes of coal
I will fulfill your hearts desire
But, in the end it costs your soul

The music had now faded
The crowd was there, but not
He moved a little closer
And I started feeling hot

The barkeep poured another
And I looked down and did see
A contract and a feather quill
With two names, and one was me

Was love worth what he’s asking
I mean  my soul, that’s quite a price
But, true love everlasting
Man, that sure sounds rather nice

He said sign at the bottom
And you can always drink for free
At this little outback roadhouse
At US 36 and 383

I told him I’d consider
And I got up to get some air
I told him I felt pressured
And I thought it quite unfair

He pushed the quill toward me
And said I can free you of your load
Just sign and stay forever
At our bar on this old road

I pushed back from the bar rail
Got outside and got some air
I turned when I got outside
And the roadhouse wasn’t there

All I saw was just two highways
And I felt the wind sting  my face
I then knew I was at the crossroads
This was the devil’s trading place

I survived here at the crossroads
Of US 36 and 383
And thought I didn’t quit on love
Love done quit on me

So next time you’re out driving
whether by truck or by car
just keep on a moving
if you see “Crossroads Bar”

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