The Oilfield Song: A Little Ditty I Wrote About My Job

If you’ve been reading Trees Full of Money for a while, you may already know that I work on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.  In 2003, my company gave me the opportunity to write and record a song based on my experiences and I was more than happy to oblige. 

The song is about no one in particular (especially not me), but since releasing it 5 years ago I have received dozens of compliments from individuals thanking me for capturing their “life story” in a song!  I have included the lyrics at the bottom of the page, and if anyone is interested in the chord progression, just leave me a note in the comments section!

Today I am releasing it on Trees Full of Money for you to download and enjoy!  If you know of someone who works in the oil and gas industry, I invite you to forward this song on to them!  I hope you enjoy it!

And for Toby Keith, send me an email if you want to record this song on your next album!  (Hey, a guy can dream can’t he?)


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The Oilfield Song


I started in the oilfield, when I turned 18.
Was fresh out of high school, there wasn’t much else for me.
I kissed my momma goodbye, and started on my way…
And drove down to Fourchon, in my old Chevrolet

There were so many things, that I had yet to see…
I just knew I had to get myself out of Covington County
The skies were always blue, but good work was hard to fine
So I tool a job that shaped my life, on the 709

30 years out in the oilfield, this is all I’ve ever done…
I’ve had to fight to make a living, and I’ve never won…I’ve never one…

I remember that first day, back in 1973
I couldn’t stand to break a sweat the hands all left at me.
My family supported my, but they all had their doubts…
Momma’s little baby boy, was an oilfield roustabout

I spent three years as a roughneck, working on the floor.
Soon I was pumping mud, like my daddy had done before.
Then I was aderrick man, and soon became AD
Moving up the ranks was I, there was just no stopping me.

30 years out in the oilfield, this is all I’ve ever done…
I’ve had to fight to make a living, and I’ve never won…I’ve never one…

10 years as a pusher, working those long nights
Making fun of every Yankee boy, that came into sight
Then I got that magic call, I still remember when
I had been promoted to the rig OIM

My sweet wife she left me, not to long ago
She couldn’t stand to live the life of an oilfield wife no more
It’s been a long time since I’ve seen my dog
I’ve been out in the oilfield, for just a little too long

30 years out in the oilfield, this is all I’ve ever done…
I’ve had to fight to make a living, and I’ve never won…I’ve never one…

30 years out in the oilfield, this is all I’ve ever done…
I’ve had to fight to make a living, and I’ve never won…I’ve never one…I’ve never one………..

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One thought on “The Oilfield Song: A Little Ditty I Wrote About My Job”

  1. This is a kickass song brother,, was wanting to ask you for permission to use it as our background music on our new website?
    Check it out and spread the word for us, oilrigtrash.com
    Be safe and thank you for writing and singing a great song that will last forever. ;)
    Mike

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