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Red Rover Don Ablett

The family farm is in crisis in this country. My wife, Carol-Ann and I, have been to many farm auctions over the years, and have often wondered about the owners watching from the porch.

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RED ROVER Don Ablett

Auction sale today, said the sign beside the roadway.
Cars were parked on both sides of the lane.
Everything must go, the farm has just been sold.
Get your number, hope it doesn't rain.


Seems like yesterday, kids in the yard would play.
Red Rover, come on over.
Now, all those kids are gone, no one left to work the farm.
Red Rover, come on over.

People gathered round, as they started up the small stuff.
Out came the lots from deep within the barn.
You feel just like a kid, when you place your winning bid.
You’ve bought a piece of history from the farm.

Seems like yesterday, kids in the yard would play.
Red Rover, come on over.
Now, all those kids are gone, no one left to work the farm.
Red Rover, come on over.

Pressbacks and crystal, pass through the seller’s hands.
Folks buy them all, they come right off the lawn.
But each piece has a story, it’s there for you to see.
Going....going....going...........gone.

He sat upon the porch, as they sold what he had worked for.
He wondered when it was he got so old.
Photographs and memories, are what he’s taking with him.
As they drive him to the home way down the road.

Seems like yesterday, kids in the yard would play.
Red Rover, come on over.
Now, all those kids are gone, no one left to work the farm.
Red Rover, come on over.