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Homegrown Tomatoes
Guy Clark


Ain't nothin' in the world that I like better
Than bacon & lettuce & homegrown tomatoes.
Up in the mornin' out in the garden,
Get you a ripe one, don't get a hard one.
Plant 'em in the spring, eat 'em in the summer.
All winter without 'em's a culinary bummer.
I forget all about the sweatin' & diggin'
Every time I go out & pick me a big one.
Homegrown tomatoes, homegrown tomatoes,
What'd life be without homegrown tomatoes?
Only two things that money can't buy:
That's true love & homegrown tomatoes.
You can go out to eat & that's for sure,
But it's nothin' a homegrown tomato won't cure.
Put 'em in a salad, put 'em in a stew,
You can make your very own tomato juice.
Eat 'em with eggs, eat 'em with gravy,
Eat 'em with beans, pinto or navy.
Put 'em on the side, put 'em in the middle,
Put a homegrown tomato on a hotcake griddle.
If I's to change this life I lead
I'd be Johnny Tomato Seed,
'Cause I know what this country needs:
Homegrown tomatoes in every yard you see.
When I die don't bury me
In a box in a cemetery.
Out in the garden would be much better;
I could be pushin' up homegrown tomatoes.

Bluewater Music Corp., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Guy Charles Clark (1941 - 2016) was an American folk and country singer-songwriter. Born in Texas, he lived in Los Angeles for a while, but eventually settled in Nashville. His songs were recorded by a wide assortment of country music artists, and this poem was recorded as a song by numerous performers, including John Denver. Learn more about Guy at



Post New Comment:
Wilda Morris:
What fun! "I'd be Johnny Tomato Seed" indeed!
Posted 07/26/2023 09:13 AM
What a fun piece!
Posted 07/25/2023 02:11 PM
Love this!!!
Posted 07/25/2023 11:42 AM
Great--vividly descriptive tribute to tomatoes. I love 'em too!
Posted 07/23/2023 05:06 PM
oh how I love this song
Posted 07/23/2023 02:37 PM
Guy picks almost all the possible notes singing the praises of tomatoes. Best part: we, his listeners and readers are his lucky beneficiaries! Thank you, Guy.
Posted 07/23/2023 08:57 AM
Tom Sharpe:
Every country song writer wrote or will write a good un. Guy Clark wrote albums of them. A true wordsmith. I just cant say enough good about his writing and music. Go study his work. It will make you a better writer.
Posted 07/23/2023 08:14 AM
Larry Schug:
By far, the the best paean to tomatoes ever written. It pops into my head every time I visit the garden or eat one of the most luscious gifts of the earth.
Posted 07/23/2023 08:08 AM

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