Norm Walker

Interchange Two Phases

© words and music by Norman G. Walker SOCAN

Johnny worked in the gravel pit
Summer job and proud of it
Gonna make some money, buy a diamond ring
He was thinkin' 'bout Mary Lou
When he had his work to do
Slipped and fell and got pulled into the crusher machine
His legs were mangled when they hit the stop
Can't pull him out cause he'd die of shock 
No one heard the words he said


Interchange two phases
Were the words poor Johnny cried
Thought he was delirious so they never tried
It can be red black or blue
Interchange just any two
Misunderstood to the very end
That's the way poor Johnny died
Ooh wah ooh, ooh wah ooh

Foreman's name was Rammy Kirk
Boss's son and a first class jerk
He says there's only one thing to do
That's to run him through
Better get his girlfriend here
Before we hit the gears
Give him pills just to ease the pain
Cause we're losin' time
Mary Lou was in her prime
She says "I'll love you til the end of time"
Johnny says "I love you too but please..."


Now Johnny knew his AC theory
Single and three phase
He knew what direction things go
He knew a three phase induction motor was easy to reverse
And likewise the machinery it drove

Johnny faded from consciousness
From loss of blood and the pills I guess
They drove Mary Lou home in tears
Not to see the end
Then they turned to the crusher machine
Turned it on and without a scream
They mixed Johnny with the gravel on the other end
Now he's part of highway 105
The road to Mary Lou's he used to drive
Out there still at night you can hear him say


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