Well, I had two weeks of vacation time coming After working all year down at Big Roy's Heating And Plumbing So one night when my family and I were gathered 'round the dinner table I said, "Kids, if you could go anywhere in this great big world, now Where'd you like to go to" They said, "Dad, we wanna see the biggest ball of twine in Minnesota" They picked the biggest ball of twine in Minnesota So the very next day we loaded up the car With potato skins and pickled wieners, Crossword puzzles, Spider-Man comics, and mama's home made rhubarb pie Pulled out of the driveway and the neighbors, they all waved good-bye And so began our three day journey We picked up a guy holding a sign that said "twine ball or bust" He smelled real bad and he said his name was Bernie I put in a Slim Whitman tape, my wife put on a brand new hair net Kids were in the back seat jumping up and down, yelling "Are we there yet?" And all of us were joined together in one common thought As we rolled down the long and winding interstate in our '53 DeSoto We're gonna see the biggest ball of twine in Minnesota We're headin' for the biggest ball of twine in Minnesota Oh, we couldn't wait to get there So we drove straight through for three whole days and nights Of course, we stopped for more pickled wieners now and then The scenery was just so pretty, boy I wish the kids could've seen it But you can't see out of the side of the car Because the windows are completely covered With the decals from all the places where we've already been Like Elvis-O-Rama, the Tupperware Museum, The Boll Weevil Monument, and Cranberry World, The Shuffleboard Hall Of Fame, Poodle Dog Rock, And The Mecca of Albino Squirrels We've been to ghost towns, theme parks, wax museums, And a place where you can drive through the middle of a tree Seen alligator farms and tarantula ranches, But there's still one thing we gotta see Well, we crossed the state line about 6:39 And we saw a sign that said "Twine Ball exit - 50 miles" Oh, the kids were so happy the started singing "99 Bottles Of Beer On The Wall" for the 27th time that day So, we pulled off the road at the last chance gas station Got a few more pickled wieners and a diet chocolate soda On our way to see the biggest ball of twine in Minnesota We're gonna see the biggest ball of twine in Minnesota Finally, at 7:37 early Wednesday evening as the sun was setting in the Minnesota sky Out in the distance, on the horizon, it appeared to me like a vision before my unbelieving eyes We parked the car and walked with awe-filled reverence towards that glorious huge majestic sphere I was just so overwhelmed by its sheer immensity, I had to pop myself a beer Yes, on these hallowed grounds, open ten to eight on weekdays, in a little shrine under a make-shift pagoda, There sits the biggest ball of twine in Minnesota I tell you, it's the biggest ball of twine in Minnesota Oh, what on earth would make a man decide to do that kind of thing? Oh, windin' up twenty-one thousand, one hundred forty pounds of string What was he trying to prove? Who was he trying to impress? Why did he build it? How did he do it? Is anybody's guess. Where did he get the twine? What was goin' through his mind? Did it just seem like a good idea at the time? Well, we walked up beside it and I warned the kids "Now, you better not touch it, those ropes are there for a reason" I said, "Maybe if you're good, I'll tie it to the back of our car and we can take it home", but I was only teasin' Then we went to the gift shop and stood in line Bought a souvenir miniature ball of twine, some window decals, and anything else they'd sell us And I bought a couple post cards, "Greetings from the twine ball, wish you were here" Won't the folks back home be jealous I gave our camera to Bernie and we stood by the ball and we all gathered 'round and said, "Cheese" Then Bernie ran away with my brand new Insti-Matic, but at least we got our memories So, we all just stared at the ball for a while and my eyes got moist, but I said with a smile, "Kids, this here's what America's all about" Then I started feelin' kinda gooey inside and I fell on my knees and I cried and cried And that's when those security guards threw us out You know, I bet if we unraveled that sucker, It'd roll all the way down to Fargo, North Dakota 'Cause it's the biggest ball of twine in Minnesota I'm talkin' 'bout the biggest ball of twine in Minnesota Well, we stayed that night at the Twine Ball Inn In the morning we were on our way home again But we really didn't want to leave, that was perfectly clear I said, "Folks, I can tell you're all sad to go" Then I winked my eye and I said, "You know, I got a funny kind of feelin' we'll be comin' back again next year" 'Cause I've been all around this great big world And I can't think of anywhere else I'd rather go to Than the biggest ball of twine in Minnesota I said the biggest ball of twine in Minnesota Minnesota Minnesota Minnesota
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