Bobby Bare performs “Yard Full of Rusty Cars” Live On Hee Haw 1984.

Song written by Shel Silverstein, was recorded by Bobby Bare for the Columbia label, in October 1977. The song was included on Bobby Bare's twenty-ninth studio album, Bare (Columbia 1978)

YouTube When The Cowboy Sings Channel
YouTube When The Cowboy Sings Channel

Yard Full of Rusty Cars

Lp cover Bobby Bare ( Columbia 1978 )
Lp cover Bobby Bare ( Columbia 1978 )

“Yard Full Of Rusty Cars”, song written by Shel Silverstein, was recorded by Bobby Bare for the Columbia label, in October 1977, at Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Ave. South, Nashville, TN. album, Bobby was accompanied by: Fred Carter Jr. (guitar), John Christopher (guitar), Ray Edenton (guitar), Chet Atkins (guitar), David Gillon (guitar), Jack Solomon (guitar), Michael Spriggs (guitar) , Charles Vaughn Jr. (guitar), Ben Keith (steel), Joe Osborn, Ted Reynolds and Kenneth Smith (bass guitar), Buddy Harman, Thomas Keelin Jr. and Larrie London (drums), Johnny Gimble (fiddle), Bobby Emmons Charles Cochran , David Gillon , Shane Keister and Bobby Wood (keyboards), Carol Anderson, Mary Beth Anderson , Charles Williams, Florence Warner, Shel Silverstein, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings (background vocals). With the production of Bobby Bare himself, the song was released on March 28, 1978. Fun pro – redneck song.



The song was included on Bobby Bare’s twenty-ninth studio album, Bare (Columbia 1978). It is the debut album with the Columbia label, peaking at # 44 on the U.S Top Country Albums charts. On this album, the song, “The Gambler” appeared, which was released here first, before it was released by Kenny Rogers, which became a great crossover and brand success for Kenny Rogers later in the year.





Bobby Bare – Yard Full of Rusty Cars Lyrics

Show me a house with a yard full of rusty cars
And you’ll know there’ll be a coffee perkin’ on a rusty stove
And you walk right in and sit down and feel right at home
In the kitchen of the house of man with a yard full of rusty cars.

Show me a man with a yard full of rusty cars
And you know he’s got a fridge full of beer and it’s nice and cold
Swing on the porch eatin’ bolony and bread and talk about gettin’ old
Spittin’ in the dust with the man with a yard full of rusty cars.

Scratchin’ the ears of the dog of the man with a yard full of rusty cars
Tell him I’ve been to Haiti and he says well that’s real nice
Hey Ma, this beer could sure use a little bit of ice
Now what was you saying about goin’ to Hatey’s
Says the man with a yard full of rusty cars.

My teeth gone bad says the man with a yard full of rusty cars
Toilets on the blink and heavy weights today can’t hit
You know you remind me a lot of my brother’s youngest kid
Got killed in Korea
You play gin rummy says the man with the yard full of rusty cars.

Kick off your shoes on the couch with the man with a yard full of rusty cars
Smoke us smokes and flick the ashes on the floor
Well son everythin’ here been burned or broke at least once before
And he winks at his old lady and she winks back
At the man with a yard full of rusty cars.



Lord, said the man with the rusty cars that woman’s gettin’ wide
So much for beauty son hand me that TV guide
Watchin’ the flies in the kitchen of the man with a yard full of rusty cars
Hole in the screen door where the dogs crawl in and out
Careful of that soup son it’ll burn a hole in your mouth
Soup and life you gotta wait ’em out says the man with a yard full of rusty cars.

Watch TV in the parlour of the man with a yard full of rusty cars
Son you ever get to sleep with any of them movie stars
I’d like to do that once before I die but he’s talkin’ a little too loud
And his woman is smilin’ kind of proud at the man with a yard full of rusty cars.

Talkin’ God and baseball with the man with the yard full of rusty cars
Fall asleep right on the couch there where you see it
And you know that his old woman ain’t gonna mind a bit
Least wise she don’t mention nothin’ to that smilin’ smokin’ dirty jokin’
Lucky old man with the yard full of rusty cars…

Single Bobby Bare ( Columbia 1978 )
Single Bobby Bare ( Columbia 1978 )

Miquel Batlle Garriga
mbatllegarriga@gmail.com