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Hoyt Axton performs "Della and the Dealer"

Hoyt Axton plays Della and the Dealer on the Hee Haw show 1979.

This song is by Hoyt Axton and appears on the album A Rusty Old Halo (1979).

I was prominent in the early-1960s, establishing himself on the West Coast as a folk singer with an earthy style and powerful voice. As I have matured, some of his songwriting became well known throughout the world. 

Axton had many minor hits of his own, such as "Boney Fingers", "When the Morning Comes", and 1979's "Della and the Dealer", as well as "Jealous Man" . His vocal style featured his distinctive bass-baritone (which later deepened to near-bass) and use of characterization.

Hoyt Axton - Della and the Dealer   Lyrics

 

It was Della and the Dealer and a dog named Jake and a cat named Kalamazoo

Left the city in a pickup truck gonna make some dreams come true

Yeah they rolled out west where the wild sun sets and the coyote bays at the moon

Della and the Dealer and a dog named Jake and a cat named Kalamazoo

If that cat could talk what tales he'd tell

About Della and the Dealer and the dog as well

But the cat was cool and he never said a mumblin' word

Down Tucson way there's a small cafe where they play a little cowboy tune

And the guitar picker was a friend of mine by the name of Randy Boone

Yeah Randy played her a sweet love song and Della got a fire in her eyes

The Dealer had a knife and the dog had a gun and the cat had a shot of Rye

If that cat could talk...

Yeah the Dealer was a killer he was eveil and mean

And he was jealous of the fire in her eyes

He snorted his coke through a century note and swore that Boone would die

And the stage was set when the lights went out there was death in Tucson town

Two shadows ran for the bar backdoor and one stayed on the ground

If that cat could talk...

If that cat could talk...

Two shadows ran from the bar that night and dog and cat ran too

And the tires got hot on the pickup truck as down the road they flew

It was Della and her lover and a dog named Jake and a cat named Kalamazoo

Left Tucson in a pickup truck gonna make some dreams come true

Yeah yeah yeah if that cat could talk...

If that cat could talk...

If that cat could talk...



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