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30,000 Pounds Of Bananas by Harry Chapin


It was just after dark when the truck started down

The hill that leads into Scranton Pennsylvania.

Carrying thirty thousand pounds of bananas.

Carrying thirty thousand pounds (hit it Big John) of bananas.

 

He was a young driver

Just out on his second job.

And he was carrying the next day's pasty fruits

For everyone in that coal-scarred city

Where children play without despair

In backyard slag-piles and folks manage to eat each day

About thirty thousand pounds of bananas.

Yes just about thirty thousand pounds (scream it again John) .

 

He passed a sign that he should have seen

Saying "shift to low gear a fifty dollar fine my friend."

He was thinking perhaps about the warm-breathed woman

Who was waiting at the journey's end.

He started down the two mile drop

The curving road that wound from the top of the hill.

He was pushing on through the shortening miles that ran down to the depot.

Just a few more miles to go

Then he'd go home and have her ease his long cramped day away.

And the smell of thirty thousand pounds of bananas.

Yes the smell of thirty thousand pounds of bananas.

 

He was picking speed as the city spread it's twinkling lights below him.

But he paid no heed as the shivering thoughts of the nights

Delights went through him.

His foot nudged the brakes to slow him down.

But the pedal floored easy without a sound.

He said "Christ!"

It was funny how he had named the only man who could save him now.

He was trapped inside a dead-end hellslide

Riding on his fear-hunched back

Was every one of those yellow green

I'm telling you thirty thousand pounds of bananas.

Yes there were thirty thousand pounds of bananas.

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He barely made the sweeping curve that led into the steepest grade.

And he missed the thankful passing bus at ninety miles an hour.

And he said "God make it a dream!"

As he rode his last ride down.

And he said "God make it a dream!"

As he rode his last ride down.

And he sideswiped nineteen neat parked cars

Clipped off thirteen telephone poles

Hit two houses bruised eight trees

And Blue-Crossed seven people.

It was then he lost his head

Not to mention an arm or two before he stopped.

And he smeared for four hundred yards

Along the hill that leads into Scranton Pennsylvania.

All those thirty thousand pounds of bananas.

 

You know the man who told me about it on the bus

As it went up the hill out of Scranton Pennsylvania

He shrugged his shoulders he shook his head

And he said (and this is exactly what he said)

"Boy that sure must've been something.

Just imagine thirty thousand pounds of bananas.

Yes there were thirty thousand pounds of mashed bananas.

Of bananas. Just bananas. Thirty thousand pounds.

Of Bananas. not no driver now. Just bananas!"

 

From Greatest Stories Live: Ending #1

 

Yes we have no bananas

We have no bananas today

(Spoken: And if that wasn't enough)

Yes we have no bananas

Bananas in Scranton P A

 

From Greatest Stories Live: Ending #2:

 

A woman walks into her room where her child lies sleeping

And when she sees his eyes are closed

She sits there silently weeping

And though she lives in Scranton Pennsylvania

She never ever eats ... Bananas

Not one of thirty thousand pounds .... of bananas

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