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Boots Like Emmy Lou's

Janis Ian

If I had boots like Emmy Lou's, I'd be a country star
Rhinestones on my BVD's, and a Hummingbird guitar
I'd buy myself the biggest bus that ever graced the track
with a loveseat for the two of us, and a swimming pool in back

If I had boots like Emmy Lou's
I'd wear my hair like Loretta used to do
I'd sing like Patsy Cline
and Kitty Wells combined
if I had boots like Emmy Lou's
I'd never need a shine

If I had boots like Emmy Lou's, I'd be so very rich
I'd hire a dog to scratch me every time I got an itch
I'd buy a thousand Cadallics, with longhorns on the front
Drive one 'til the ashtray filled, then haul it to the dump

CHORUS

I'd buy my clothes from Nudie
Have fingernails like Tammy
Tease my hair like Dolly
and measure ten feet tall
I'd teach those boots to talk
They'd lecture in New Yawk
If I had boots like Emmy Lou's,
I'd never need to walk

If I had boots like Emmy Lou's, I'd die without a care
Fly straight up to heaven's gate and shove my way in there
And when Saint Peter asked me What I'd done to be so bold
I'd point down to my boots and say - "They're recently re-soled"

So fit me for a robe. Wings and halo too
But I cannot stay if you take away my boots like Emmy Lou's
No I cannot stay if you take away my boots like Emmy Lou's

If I had boots like Emmy Lou's
I'd wear my hair like Loretta used to do
I'd sing like Patsy Cline
and Kitty Wells combined
if I had boots like Emmy Lou's
I'd never need a shine

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Tour Dates

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All tour dates updated on April 19, 2015

  • Sat Apr 25 2/ Tom Paxton

    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA

    Freight & Salvage

    Berkeley, CA

    Phone: (510) 644-2020 Ext: 120

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    Tom Paxton was at Janis' very first public show, at New York's famed Village Gate. Janis was just 13 years old. She received a standing ovation but since she was nervous and already headed back to her seat, she had no idea it was happening. (She also hadn't attended enough concerts to know that you were supposed to take an encore!) Tom, along with Lou Gossett Jr and a couple of other performers, urged her to "Go back, kid! Go back!"

    The show these two old friends put on, with the able assistance of multi-instrumentalistextraordinaire Robin Bullock, is living proof that "The sum is greater than the parts." In addition to singing old favorites like "Ramblin' Boy" and "At 17", they sing one another's songs, add harmony and instrumentals, and share the stage for far too short a time.
    Don't miss it!

  • Sun Apr 26 w/ Tom Paxton

    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA

    Freight & Salvage

    Berkeley, CA

    Phone: 510-644-2020

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    Second night added!

  • Wed Apr 29

    Tales From the Tavern, Santa Ynez, CA, N/A

    Tales From the Tavern

    Santa Ynez, CA, N/A

    Phone: 805-688-0383

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    A return engagement, at Janis' request! We had the best time here a little while ago, and this promises to be just as much fun.

  • Thur April 30

    Tower Theatre, Fresno, CA

    Tower Theatre

    Fresno, CA

    Phone: (559)485-9050

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  • Sat May 2 SOLD OUT

    AMSDconcerts at Sweetwater Union HS Theater, San Diego, CA

    AMSDconcerts at Sweetwater Union HS Theater

    San Diego, CA

    Phone: 619-303-8176

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  • Sat July 18

    RiverSong Music Festival, Hutchinson, MN

    RiverSong Music Festival

    Hutchinson, MN

    Phone: (320) 587-2599

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    Janis and RiverSong have been trying to find a date that works for years now - so glad this is finally happening! 

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