The Pursuit of Happiness

Riding out past all the places
That I've a reason to go
Kentucky hills and fences
Fields cleared of their stones

Gonna find me a crossroads
Ask a stranger where to go
Got to find a clear view of the sky
Out past the open road

About halfway to Jelico
All the lines wore off the road
Saw an old man patching holes with his bare hands
Workin' as hard as I've ever seen

He had no taste for the touchscreens
'Cause they ain't nothing like the real thing
He used those simple machines
He knew how to make the hammer ring

He said, "I want it as bad as you do
I just ain't willing to take it from someone else
Cause on my way to happiness
I wound up paving the road."

When I came back home
My family was waiting for me
I looked into my son's eyes
They were wild as the sea

He asked me a simple question
Why do I have to leave?
Oh, cause son it's a chance to make a living
That don't make other folks bleed

You know I want it as bad as you do
I just ain't willing to take it from somebody else
Cause on my way to happiness
I met a poor man paving the road