When I studied at the metropolitan university

I told my classmates 
That I had worked in tobacco
They looked at me like I had committed a crime
Folks, it was all I ever knew 
I was born into it
And although tobacco produces toxins
For those who raise it
It also produces character
A livelihood
When I went back home to rural Kentucky
I told my old neighbors
That I was Catholic
They looked at me like I’d made friends
With the Whore of Babylon
Folks, it’s where I found Truth
I chose it
And although all the people in the pews  
Are sinners
For those who really embrace It
It also produces character