Ray Wylie Hubbard Snake Farm cover

Snake Farm
by Ray Wylie Hubbard
Lyrics and Meaning


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Released
Oct 23, 2008
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Snake Farm Lyrics

Song Meaning
Verse 1
Well a woman now I love is named Ramona
She kinda looks like tempest storm
She can dance like little Egypt
She works down at the snake farm
Verse 2
Snake farm, it just sounds nasty
Snake farm, it pretty much is
Snake farm, it's a reptile house
Snake farm, ugh
Verse 3
Ramona's got a keen sense of humor
She got a tattoo down her arm
It's of a python eatin' a little mouse
Wearin' a sailor hat that says snake farm
Verse 4
Snake farm, it just sounds nasty
Snake farm,it pretty much is
Snake farm, it's a reptile house
Snake farm, ugh
Verse 5
I asked Ramona how come she works there
She says "well, it's got it's charms
There's nothing to do in the winter
Now and then some kid gets bit at the snake farm"
Verse 6
Snake farm, it just sounds nasty
Snake farm, it pretty much is
Snake farm, it's a reptile house
Snake farm, ugh
Verse 7
Well, Ramona likes her malt liquor
And a band from Wales that's called The Alarm
She said she cried when they broke up
She still plays their records at the snake farm
Verse 8
Snake farm, it just sounds nasty
Snake farm, it pretty much is
Snake farm, it's a reptile house
Snake farm, ugh
Verse 9
Sometimes Ramona calls me up
And says come on down here, it's getting warm
She runs everybody off
And we you know, it's a snake farm
Verse 10
Snake farm, it just sounds nasty
Snake farm, it pretty much is
Snake farm, it's a reptile house
Snake farm, ugh
Verse 11
Snake farm, it just sounds nasty
Snake farm, it pretty much is
Snake farm, it's a reptile house
Snake farm, ugh

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2 years ago
The referenced "Snake Farm" is along the I-35 freeway between New Braunfels, Texas and San Marcos, Texas (Go Bobcats!). As other sources note it began operations around 1967. Basically it was from the late sixties through the eighties a snake and reptile house, with a few other oddities mixed in. Today (2016) the Snake Farm is under new management and is a small but nice family oriented private zoo, so please stop in if you are ever passing by.

Now the following comes from my experience as a child in the early seventies. On about two or three occasions, I happened to visit with my family, or once with a summer camp, the Snake Farm. At the time it was a dingy privately run reptile house, with some large snakes, a few other reptiles (maybe a gator, but I am fuzzy on that point). If you went out back of the main building at the time to see the larger animals exhibited there, you would notice a number of ramshackle mobile homes lining the back of the property. Never saw any activity, but it was odd.

In my college years, I attended SWT in San Marcos. Both the Snake Farm and SWT reside in Hays County, Texas. It was then that I first heard rumors of the Snake Farm's other purpose. The farm part was a front for a prostitution operation run out of the trailers at the back of the Snake Farm property. The activity was supposedly sanctioned by the sheriffs(s) of Hays County, who I imagine got a cut of the action (or so I am told). Often, women of "ill repute" and questionable morals were taken there by the sheriff of Hays County to work off the debt they owed to the court/county.

While I never knew anyone to utilize the clandestine facilities of the "Snake Farm", long-time residents of the county relayed much of what I know to me about the "Snake Farm" history. Take what I relay for what it is, second and third hand rumor or legend. You decide.

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