DEAR OKIE (Rudy Sooter / Doye O'Dell) Doye O'Dell - 1948 Johnny and Jonie Mosby - 1965 The New Lost City Ramblers - 1968 Hank Thompson - 1969 Dear Okie, if you see Arkie Tell 'im Tex got a job for him out in Californy Pickin' up prunes, squeezin' oil out of olives Dear Okie, if you see Arkie Tell 'im Tex got a job for him out in Californy Rakin' up gold, playing fiddle in the Follies Now, he'll be lucky if he finds a place to live But there's orange juice fountains flowing for those kids of his So, Dear Okie, if you see Arkie Tell 'im Tex got a job for him out in Californy Diggin' oil wells, all he needs is a shovel Dear Okie, if you see Arkie Tell 'im Tex got a job for him out in Californy Sellin' used cars, just a-waitin' for the suckers Dear Okie, if you see Arkie Tell 'im Tex got a job for him out in Californy Handin' out checks, as a welfare worker If he takes the Freeway to the grocery store He'll make it fine if he starts out the day before Dear Okie, if you see Arkie Tell 'im Tex got a job for him out in Californy Pickin' up prunes, squeezin' oil out of olives (Contributed by Mel - January 2008)