Homegrown Tomatoes Sing-along

Guy Clark singing “Homegrown Tomatoes”

(Sorry about the video quality, but the audio is just fine!)

Here are the lyrics so you can join right in!

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 with out ’em’s a culinary bummer
I forget all about the sweatin’ & diggin’
Every time I go out & pick me a big’n

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

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

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

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

Thanks to the folks at Tilth Producers of Washington for turning this one up!

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2 comments to “Homegrown Tomatoes” Sing-along

  • Steve Crider

    Thanks for the video link to Guy Clark. Our band here in Skagit County is called ‘Home Grown Tomatoes’ after this song. We perform it at all our gigs, and have added a 4th verse, just for us here in the Pacific Northwest who struggle so hard to grow them here in our region:

    Well you can put ’em in sandwich, put ’em in aspic
    Anyway you slice ’em they’re fantastic
    But if you raise ’em here please note the asterisk(*)
    * Grow them in your greenhouse or under plastic
    Cause this Late Blights a drag, I’m tellin’ you
    You gotta work hard just to get a few
    But a couple hits of sulphur and some compost tea
    Is enough to get a bushel for my baby and me, yea!
    Home grown tomatoes, Home Grown Tomatoes, what would life be without HGT
    Only 2 things that money can’t buy, and that’s true love & HGT…