The Big Man (That's what food eats)

by Mean Old Fireman

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Dedicated to Brother Bob O'Keefe. Net proceeds from downloads of this track go to Bob's favorite charity: Mothers For Daughters - Bikers for a cure - a non-profit supporting breast and ovarian cancer research. More at


I was having lunch the other day
at the corner table in a little cafe
The big man walks in a takes a seat
The waitress asks "Hun, whatya like to eat?"
"I''ll have a pile of potatoes, no garlic please,
A bucket of gravy and a side of beef"
"Would you like a salad? it comes free"
"Salad! That's what food eats!"

I was feeling restless, just last night
I had a feeling something wasn't right
I knew the wind in my hair would be what I'd like
so I went for a cruise on my brand new bike
I stop at the like, who pulls ride along side?
It's the big man riding his Ultraglide
He looks down at my bike and he says "Friend:
That's a nice bike, does it come in a men's?"

The big man is widely known
to use a nine pound hammer to break your stones
but it's all in fun and that's a fact
'cause the big man will always get your back
In a raging fire or a bar room fix
There's no one I'd rather have on my six
I'm proud to call the big man my brother
although he was born to a different mother


released June 25, 2013
Words and music by E. Ned Bolle (with frequent quotes of "O'Keefisms")



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Mean Old Fireman Boston, Massachusetts

Smokin' hot rock with strong blues and county influences.

"Now that mean old fireman,
That cruel old engineer
Gon' take my baby
And leave me lonesome here " Charlie McCoy

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