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25 MINUTES TO GO
A BOY NAMED SUE
BIRD ON A WIRE
BURY ME NOT
COUNTRY BOY
DADDY SANG BASS
DELIA’S GONE
DRIVE ON
DOWN THERE BY THE TRAIN
FOLSOM PRISON BLUES
HEY, PORTER
I NEVER PICKED COTTON
I’VE BEEN EVERYWHERE
KNEELING DRUNKARD’S PLEA
LET THE TRAIN BLOW THE WHISTLE
LIKE A SOLDIER
LONG BLACK VEIL
MEAN EYED CAT
MEET ME IN HEAVEN
MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS
ONE PIECE AT A TIME
RAGGED OLD FLAG
REDEMPTION
RUSTY CAGE
SAN QUENTIN
SPIRITUAL
SOUTHERN ACCENTS
TENNESSEE STUD
THE BEAST IN ME
THE MAN WHO COULDN’T CRY
THE ONE ROSE
THIRTEEN
UNCHAINED
WALK THE LINE
WHY ME, LORD

 

 

 

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25 MINUTES TO GO

Well they’re building a gallows outside my cell I’ve got 25 minutes to go
And the whole town’s waitin’ just to hear me yell I’ve got 24 minutes to go
Well they gave me some beans for my last meal I’ve got 23 minutes to go
But nobody asked me how I feel I’ve got 22 minutes to go
Well I sent for the governor and the whole dern bunch with 21 minutes to go
And I sent for the mayor but he’s out to lunch I’ve got 20 more minutes to go
Then the sheriff said boy I gonna watch you die got 19 minutes to go
So I laughed in his face and I spit in his eye got 18 minutes to go
Now hear comes the preacher for to save my soul with 13 minutes to go
And he’s talking bout’ burnin’ but I’m so cold I’ve 12 more minutes to go
Now they’re testin’ the trap and it chills my spine 11 more minutes to go
And the trap and the rope aw they work just fine got 10 more minutes to go
Well I’m waitin’ on the pardon that’ll set me free with 9 more minutes to go
But this is for real so forget about me got 8 more minutes to go
With my feet on the trap and my head on the noose got 5 more minutes to go
Won’t somebody come and cut me loose with 4 more minutes to go
I can see the mountains I can see the skies with 3 more minutes to go
And it’s to dern pretty for a man that don’t wanna die 2 more minutes to go
I can see the buards I can hear the crows 1 more minute to go
And now I’m swingin’ and here I go-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o!

 

 

 

 

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A BOY NAMED SUE

My daddy left home when I was three And he didn’t leave much to ma and me Just this old guitar and an empty bottle of booze. Now, I don’t blame him cause he run and hid But the meanest thing that he ever did Was before he left, he went and named me “Sue.’lonesome’
Well, he must o’ thought that is was quite a joke And it got a lot of laughs from a’ lots of folk, It seems I had to fight my whole life through. Some gal would giggle and I’d get red And some guy’d laugh and I’d bust his head, I tell ya, life ain’t easy for a boy named “Sue.”
Well, I grew up quick and I grew up mean, My fist got hard and my wits got keen, I’d roam from town to town to hide my shame. But I made me a vow to the moon and stars That I’d search the honky-tonks and bars And kill that man that give me that awful name.
Well, it was Gatlinburg in mid-July And I just hit town and my throat was dry, I thought I’d stop and have myself a brew. At an old saloon on a street of mud, There at a table, dealing stud, Sat the dirty, mangy dog that named me “Sue.”
Well, I knew that snake was my own sweet dad from a worn-out picture that my mother’d had, And I knew that scar on his cheek and his evil eye. He was big and bent and gray and old, And I looked at him and my blood ran cold And I said: “My name is `Sue!’ How do you do! Now you gonna die!!”
Well, I hit him hard right between the eyes And he went down but, to my surprise, He come up with a knife and cut off a piece of my ear. But I busted a chair right across his teeth And we crashed through the wall and into the street Kicking and a’ gouging in the mud and the blood and the beer.
I tell ya, I’ve fought tougher men But I really can’t remember when, He kicked like a mule and he bit like a crocodile. I heard him laugh and then I heard him cuss, He went for his gun and I pulled mine first, He stood there lookin’ at me and I saw him smile.
And he said: “Son, this world is rough And if a man’s gonna make it, he’s gotta be tough And I know I wouldn’t be there to help ya along. So I give ya that name and I said goodbye I knew you’d have to get tough or die And it’s that name that helped to make you strong.”
He said: “Now you just fought one hell of a fight And I know you hate me, and you got the right To kill me now, and I wouldn’t blame you if you do. But ya ought to thank me, before I die, For the gravel in ya guts and the spit in ya eye Cause I’m the son-of-a-bitch that named you `Sue.”’
I got all choked up and I threw down my gun And I called him my pa, and he called me his son, And I come away with a different point of view. And I think about him, now and then, Every time I try and every time I win, And if I ever have a son, I think I’m gonna name him Bill or George! Anything but Sue! I still hate that name!

 

 

 

 

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BIRD ON A WIRE

Like a bird on a wire Like a drunk in a midnight choir I have tried in my way to be free Like a fish on a hook Like a knight from an old fashioned book I have saved all my ribbons with thee
And if I have been unkind I hope that you will just let it go by And if I have been untrue I hope you know it was never to you
Like a baby stillborn Like a beast with his horn I have torn everyone who reached out for me
But I swear by this song By all I have done wrong I’ll make it all up to you
I saw a beggar leaning on his wooden crutch He called out to me ” Don’t ask for so much ” And a young man leaning on his darkened door He cried out to me ” Hey, why not ask for more ”
Like a bird on a wire Like a drunk in a midnight choir I have tried in my way to be free

 

 

 

 

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BURY ME NOT

Recitation: Lord, I’ve never lived where churches grow I loved creation better as it stood That day you finished it so long ago And looked upon your work and called it good I know that others find you in the light That sifted down through tinted window panes And yet I seem to feel you near tonight In this dim, quiet starlight on the plains I thank you, Lord, that I’m placed so well That you’ve made my freedom so complete That I’m no slave to whistle, clock or bell Nor weak eyed prisoner of Waller Street Just let me live my life as I’ve begun And give me work that’s open to the sky Make me a partner of the wind and sun And I won’t ask a life that’s soft or high Let me be easy on the man that’s down Let me be square and generous with all I’m careless sometimes, Lord, when I’m in town But never let them say I’m mean or small Make me as big and open as the plains And honest as the horse between my knees Clean as a wind that blows behind the rains Free as the hawk that circles down the breeze Forgive me, Lord, if sometimes I forget You know about the reasons that are hid You understand the things that gall or fret Well, you knew me better than my mother did Just keep an eye on all that’s done or said And right me
sometimes when I turn aside And guide me on that long, dim trail ahead That stretched upward toward the great divide
Oh, bury me not on the lone prairie These words came low and mournfully From the pallid lips of a youth who lay On his dying bed at the close of day
Oh, bury me not and his voice failed there But we took no heed to his dying prayer In a shallow grave just six by three We buried him there on the lone prairie.

 

 

 

 

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COUNTRY BOY

Country boy, ain’t got no shoes Country boy, ain’t got no blues Well, you work all day while you’re waitin’ to play In the sun and the sand, with a face that’s tan But at the end of the day, when your work is done You ain’t got nothin’ but fun
Country boy, you got a shaggy dog Country boy, up a hollow log Well, he comes in a run, when you pick up your gun And with a shell or two, and your dog and you When you get your rabbit, you’ll skin his hide He’s gonna be good fried
Country boy, you got alot to lose Country boy, how I wish I was in your shoes
Country boy, ain’t got no ills Country boy, don’t owe no bills You get a wiggly worm and then you watch him squirm While you put him on a hook and you drop him in a brook If everything’s gonna turn out right, you’re gonna fry fish tonight
Country boy, got alot to lose Country boy, how I wish I was in your shoes
Country boy, you got work to do Country boy, in the morning dew You gotta plant the seed, you gotta cut the weeds There’s many a row you know you gotta hoe When it’s quittin’ time, and your work is through There’s alot of life in you
Country boy, you lucky thing Country boy, I wish I was you, and you were me

 

 

 

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DADDY SANG BASS

I remember when I was a lad

Times were hard and things were bad
But there’s a silver linin’ behind ev’ry cloud
Just four people that ‘s all we were
Tryin’ to make a livin’ out of black-land dirt
But we’d get together in a family circle singin’ loud

Daddy sang bass (mama sang tenor)
Me and little brother would join right in there
Singin’ seems to help a troubled soul
One of these days and it won’t be long
I’ll rejoin them in a song
I’m gonna join the family circle at the throne

Though the circle won’t be broken
By and by, Lord, by and by
Daddy sang bass (mama sang tenor)
Me and little brother would join right in there
In the sky, Lord, in the sky

Now I remember after work mama would call in all of us
You could hear us singin’ for a country mile
Now little brother has done gone on
But I’ll rejoin him in a song
We’ll be together again up yonder in a little while

Daddy sang bass (mama sang tenor)
Me and little brother would join right in there
’cause singin’ seems to help a troubled soul
One of these days and it won’t be long
I’ll rejoin them in a song
I’m gonna join the family circle at the throne

Oh no the circle won’t be broken
By and by, Lord, by and by
Daddy sang bass (mama sang tenor)
Me and little brother would join right in there
In the sky, Lord, in the sky
In the sky, Lord, in the sky

 

 

 

 

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DELIA’S GONE

Delia, oh, Delia Delia all my life If I hadn’t have shot poor Delia I’d have had her for my wife Delia’s gone, one more round Delia’s gone
I went up to Memphis And I met Delia there Found her in her parlor And I tied to her chair Delia’s gone, one more round Delia’s gone
She was low down and trifling And she was cold and mean Kind of evil make me want to Grab my sub machine Delia’s gone, one more round Delia’s gone
First time I shot her I shot her in the side Hard to watch her suffer But with the second shot she died Delia’s gone, one more round Delia’s gone
But jailer, oh, jailer Jailer, I can’t sleep ‘Cause all around my bedside I hear the patter of Delia’s feet Delia’s gone, one more round Delia’s gone
So if you woman’s devilish You can let her run Or you can bring her down and do her Like Delia got done Delia’s gone, one more round Delia’s gone

 

 

 

 

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DRIVE ON

I got a friend named Whiskey Sam He was my boonierat buddy for a year in Nam He said is my country just a little off track Took ‘em twenty-five years to welcome me back But, it’s better than not coming back at all Many a good man I saw fall And even now, every time I dream I hear the men and the monkeys in the jungle scream
Drive on, don’t mean nothin’ My children love me , but they don’t understand And I got a woman who knows her man Drive on, don’t mean nothin’, drive on
I remember one night, Tex and me Rappelled in on a hot L.Z. We had our 16′s on rock and roll But, with all that fire, I was scared and cold We were crazy, we were wild And I have seen the tiger smile I spit in a bamboo viper’s face And I’d be dead , but by God’s grace
Drive on, don’t mean nothin’ My children love me, but they don’t understand And I got a woman who knows her man Drive on, don’t mean nothin’, drive on
It was a real slow walk in a real sad rain And nobody tried to be John Wayne I came home, but Tex did not And I can’t talk about the hit he got I got a little limp now when I walk Got a little tremolo when I talk But my letter read from Whiskey Sam You’re a walkin’ talkin’ miracle from Vietnam
Drive on, don’t mean nothin’ My children love me, but they don’t understand And I got a woman who knows her man Drive on, don’t mean nothin’, drive on

 

 

 

 

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DOWN THERE BY THE TRAIN

There’s a place I know where the train goes slow Where the sinner can be washed in the blood of the lamb There’s a river by the trestle down by sinner’s grove Down where the willow and the dogwood grow
You can hear the whistle, you can hear the bell From the halls of heaven to the gates of hell And there’s room for the forsaken if you’re there on time You’ll be washed of all your sins and all of your crimes If you’re down there by the train Down there by the train Down there by the train Down there by the train Down there where the train goes slow
There’s a golden moon that shines up through the mist And I know that your name can be on that list There’s no eye for an eye, there’s no tooth for a tooth I saw Judas Iscariot carrying John Wilkes Booth He was down there by the train Down there by the train Down there by the train Down there by the train He was down there where the train goes slow
If you’ve lost all your hope, if you’ve lost all your faith I know you can be cared for and I know you can be safe And all the shamefuls and all of the whores And even the soldier who pierced the side of the Lord Is down there by the train Down there by the train Down there by the train Down there by the train Down there where the train goes slow
Well, I’ve never asked forgiveness and I’ve never said a prayer Never given of myself, never truly cared I’ve left the ones who loved me and I’m still raising Cain I’ve taken the low road and if you’ve done the same Meet me down there by the train Down there by the train Down there by the train Down there by the train Down there where the train goes slow
Meet me down there by the train Down there by the train Down there by the train Down there by the train Down there where the train goes slow

 

 

 

 

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FOLSOM PRISON BLUES

I hear the train a comin’ it’s rollin ’round the bend and I a’int seen the sunshine since I don’t know when. I’m stuck in Folsom Prison, and time keeps draggin’ on. But that train keeps a movin’ on down to-San-An-Tone
When I was just a baby my mame told me, “Son Always be a good boy, don’t ever play with guns.” But I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die. When I heat the whistle blowin’ I hang my head and cry.
Well, if they freed me from this prison, if that railroad train was mine. I bet I’d move it all a little farther down the line. Far from Folsom Prison, that’s where I want to stay. And I’d let that lonesome whistle, blow my blues away.

 

 

 

 

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HEY, PORTER

Hey, porter, hey porter! Would you tell me the time
How much longer will it be ’til we cross that Mason-Dixon Line
At daylight will you tell that engineer to slow it down
Or better still, just stop the train ’cause I want to look around

Hey, porter, hey porter! What time did you say
How much longer will it be ’til I can see the light of day
When we hit Dixie will you tell that engineer to ring his bell
And ask everybody that ain’t asleep to stand right up and yell

Hey, porter, hey porter! It’s getting light outside
This old train is puffin’ smoke and I have to strain my eyes
But ask that engineer if he will blow his whistle please
‘Cause I smell frost on cotton leaves, and I feel that southern breeze

Hey, porter, hey porter! Please get my bags for me
I need nobody to tell me now that we’re in Tennessee
Go tell that engineer to make that lonesome whistle scream
We’re not so far from home so take it easy on the steam

Hey, porter, hey porter! Please open up the door
When they stop this train I’m gonna get off first ’cause I can’t wait no more
Tell that engineer I say, thanks a lot, and I didn’t mind the fare
I’m gonna set my feet on southern soil and breathe that southern air

 

 

 

 

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I NEVER PICKED COTTON

(Chorus) I never picked cotton But my mother did And my brother did And my sister did And my daddy died young Workin’ in the coal mine
When I was just a baby Too little for a cotton sack I played in the dirt While the others worked ‘Til they couldn’t straighten up their backs I made myself a promise When I was big enough to run That I’d never stay a single day In that Oklahoma sun
(Chorus) Folks said I grew up early And that the farm couldn’t hold me then so I stole ten bucks and a pickup truck And I never went back again Then it was fast cars and whiskey Long haired girls and fun I had everything that money could bring And I took it all with a gun
(Chorus) It was Saturday night in Memphis When a redneck grabbed my shirt When he said go back to your cotton sack I left him dying in the dirt They’ll take me in the morning To the gallos just outside And in the time I got There ain’t a hell of alot That I can look back on with pride
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I’VE BEEN EVERYWHERE

I was totin’ my pack along the dusty Winnemucca road When along came a semi with a high and canvas covered load “If you’re going to Winnemucca, Mack, with me you can ride.” So I climbed into the cab and then I settled down inside He asked me if I’d seen a road with so much dust and sand And I said, “Listen, Bud, I’ve traveled every road in this here land.” (Chorus) I’ve been everywhere, man; I’ve been everywhere, man ‘Cross the deserts bare, man, I’ve breathed the mountain air, man Of travel, I’ve had my share, man, I’ve been everywhere.
(Chant) Reno, Chicago, Fargo, Minnesota, Buffalo, Toronto, Winslow, Sarasota, Wichita, Tulsa, Ottawa, Oklahoma, Tampa, Panama, Mattawa, La Paloma, Bangor, Baltimore, Salvador, Amarillo, Tocopilla, Barranquilla, and Padilla

I’m a killer.

(Repeat Chorus, Then Chant) Boston, Charleston, Dayton, Louisiana, Washington, Houston, Kingston, Texarkana, Monterey, Ferriday, Santa Fe, Tallapoosa, Glen Rock, Black Rock, Little Rock, Oskaloosa, Tennessee, Hennessey, Chicopee, Spirit Lake, Grand Lake, Devil’s Lake, Crater Lake, for Pete’s sake.
(Repeat Chorus, Then Chant) Louisville, Nashville, Knoxville, Ombabika, Shefferville, Jacksonville, Waterville, Costa Rica, Pittsfield, Springfield, Bakersfield, Shreveport, Hackensack, Cadillac, Fond Du Lac, Davenport, Idaho, Jellicoe, Argentina, Diamontina, Pasadena, Catalina, see what I mean’a.
(Repeat Chorus, Then Chant) Pittsburgh, Parkersburg, Gravellburg, Colorado, Ellensburg, Rexburg, Vicksburg, Eldorado, Larrimore, Atmore, Haverstraw, Chattanika, Chaska, Nebraska, Alaska, Opelika, Baraboo, Waterloo, Kalamazoo, Kansas City, Sioux City, Cedar City,

Dodge City, what a pity . . .

“I know some place you haven’t been.” I’ve been everywhere.

 

 

 

 

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KNEELING DRUNKARD’S PLEA

Lord have mercy on me Was the kneeling drunkard’s plea And as he knelt there on the ground I know that God in heaven looked down
I went down by an old country church I saw the drunkard stagger and lurch And as he reached his mother’s grave I saw that drunkard kneel and pray
Lord have mercy on me Was the kneeling drunkard’s plea And as he knelt there on the ground I know that God in heaven looked down
Bring my darling boy to me Was his mother’s dying plea And as he staggered through the gate A lassie came just one day too late
Three years have passed since she went away Her son is sleeping beside her today And I know that in heaven his mother he’ll see For God has heard that drunkard’s plea
Lord have mercy on me Was the kneeling drunkard’s plea And as he knelt there on the ground I know that God in heaven looked down

 

 

 

 

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LET THE TRAIN BLOW THE WHISTLE

I don’t want no aggravation When my train has left the station If you’re there or not, I may not even know Have a round and remember Things we did that weren’t so tender Let the train blow the whistle when I go
On my guitar sell tickets So someone can finally pick it And tell the girls down at the Ritz I said hello Tell the gossipers and liars I will see them in the fire Let the train blow the whistle when I go
Let her blow, let her blow Long and loud and hard and happy Let her blow No regrets, all my debts will be paid When I get laid Let her blow, let her blow, let her blow
You’ll be left without excuses For the evils and abuses Down to today from years and years ago And have yourself another toke From my basket full of smoke And let the train blow the whistle when I go
Let her blow, let her blow Long and loud and hard and happy Let her blow No regrets, all my debts will be paid When I get laid Let her blow, let her blow, let her blow

 

 

 

 

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LIKE A SOLDIER

With the twilight colors falling And the evening laying shadows Hidden memories come stealing from my mind As I feel my own heart beating out The simple joy of living I wonder how I ever was that kind
But the wild road I was rambling Was always out there calling And they said a hundred times I should have died But now my present miracle Is that you’re here beside me So, I believe they were roads that I was meant to ride
Like a soldier getting over the war Like a young man getting over his crazy days Like a bandit getting over his lawless ways Every day is better than before I’m like a soldier getting over the war
There were nights I don’t remember And there’s pain that I’ve forgotten Other things I choose not to recall There are faces that come to me In my darkest secret memory Faces that I wish would not come back at all
In my dreams parade of lovers From the other times and places There’s not one that matters now, no matter who I’m just thankful for the journey And that I’ve survived the battles And that my spoils of victory are you

 

 

 

 

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LONG BLACK VEIL

Ten years ago,on a cold dark night. Someone was killed ,neath the town hall light. There were few at the scene,but the all agreed that the slayer who ran, looked a lot like me.
The judge said son what is your alibi. If you were somewhere else.then you won’t have to die. I spoke not a word,thou it met my life. For I’d been in the arms of my best friends wife

Chorus:

She walks these hill.in a long black veil. She visits my grave.when the night winds wail. Nobody knows,nobody sees. Nobody knows but me
Oh the scaffold is high and eternity’s near. She stood in the crowd and shed not a tear. But late at night,when the north wind blows. In a long black veil,she cries o’re my bones.

Repeat chorus.

 

 

 

 

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MEAN EYED CAT

I give my woman half my money at the general store I said, “Now buy a little groceries, and don’t spend no more.” But she gave ten dollars for a ten cent hat And bought some store bought cat food for a mean eyed cat.
When I give her ten more dollars for a one way ticket She was mad as she could be Then I bet ten more that if she ever left She’d come a-crawlin’ back to me When I woke up this mornin’ and I turned my head There wasn’t a cotton pickin’ thing on her side of the bed I found a little old note where her head belonged It said, “Dear John, honey, baby, I’m long gone.”
When I heard a whistle blowin’, and the big wheels a-turnin’ I was scared as I could be I put on my overalls and I headed to town Gonna bring her back with me.
I asked the man down at the station if he’d seen her there I told him all about her pretty eyes and long, blonde hair He spit his tobacco, said, “I’ll be dad blamed…… I believe I did see her leavin’ on the east bound train.”
I bought a round trip ticket on the east bound train I was broke as I could be But when I come back, gotta buy another ticket Gotta bring her back with me.
Well, I got off the train somewhere in Arkansas And I worked up the guts to call my Mother-In-Law She said, “I’ll tell you where she is, if you act right.” “She’s workin’ four to twelve at Trucker’s World tonight.”
When I walked in she saw me, and she took off her apron And she grabbed her goin’ home hat She bought a ticket with her tips And now we’re curled up on the sofa, me and her….and that mean eyed cat

 

 

 

 

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MEET ME IN HEAVEN

We saw houses falling from the sky Where the mountains lean down to the sand We saw blackbirds circling ’round an old castle keep And I stood on the cliff and held your hand
We walked troubles brooding wind swept hills And we loved and we laughed the pain away At the end of the journey, when our last song is sung Will you meet me in Heaven someday
(Chorus) Can’t be sure of how’s it’s going to be When we walk into the light across the bar But I’ll know you and you’ll know me Out there beyond the stars
We’ve seen the secret things revealed by God And we heard what the angels had to say Should you go first, or if you follow me Will you meet me in Heaven someday
Living in a mansion on the streets of gold At the corner of Grace and Rapture Way In sweet ecstasy while the ages roll Will you meet me in Heaven someday
In sweet ecstasy while the ages roll Will you meet in Heaven someday

 

 

 

 

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MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS

Take one fresh and tender kiss Add one stolen night of bliss One girl, one boy, some grief, some joy Memories are made of this.
Don’t forget a small moonbeam Fold it lightly with a dream Your lips and mine to sip the wine Memories are made of this
Then at the wedding bells One house where lovers dwell Three little kids for the flavor Stir carefully through the day See how the flavor stays These are the dreams that we must savor
With His blessings from above Serve it generously with love One man, one wife, one love for life Memories are made of this

 

 

 

 

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ONE PIECE AT A TIME

Well I left Kentucky back in 49.

And I went to Detroit workin on an assembly line
The first year they had me puttin wheels on Caddillacs
Every day I’d watch them beauties roll by
and sometimes id hang my head and cry
Cause i always wanted me one that was long and black.

One day I devised myself a plan that should be the envy of most any man
Id sneak it out of there in a lunch box in my hand
Now, gettin caught meant gettin fired
But I figured I’d have it all by the time I retired
And I’d have me a car worth at least a hundered grand

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I’d get it one piece at a time
And it wouldnt cost me a dime
You’ll know it’s me whe I come throught your town
I’m gonna ride around in style
I’m gonna drive everybody wild
Cause I’ll have the only one ther is around

So the very next day when I punched in
With my big lunch box and with help from my friends
I left that day with a lunch box full of gears
I’ve never considered myself a thief
But GM wouldn’t miss just one little piece
Especially if I strung it out over several years
The first day I got me a fuel pump
And the next day I got me an engine and a trunk
Then i got me a transmission and all the chrome

The little things I could get in my big lunch box
Like nuts and bolts and all 4 shocks
But the big stuff we snuck out in my buddies mobile home

Now, up to now, my plan went all right
Till we tried to put it all together one night
And thats when we noticed that somethin was definitely wrong
The transmission was a 53
And the motor turned out to be a 73
And when we tried to put in the bolts all the holes were gone
So we drilled it out so that it would fit
And with a little bit of help from an adapter kit
We had that engine runnin just like a song

Now the headlights they was another sight
We had 2 on the left and one on the right
But when we pulled out the switch all three of em come on

The back end looked kinda funny too
But we put it together and when we got through
Well thats when we noticed that we only had one tail fin
About that time my wife walked out
And I could see in her eyes that she had her doubts
But she opened the door and said “Honey, take me for a spin.”

So we drove up town just to get the tags
And I headed right on down main drag
And I could hear everybody laughing for blocks around
But up there at the court house they didn’t laugh
Cause to type it up it took the whole staff
And when they got through the title weighed 60 pounds

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Uh,yeah,Red-rider,this is the Cottonmouth in the sycho-billy-Cadillac,come on
This is the Cottonmouth and negatory on the cost on this machine here
Red-rider
You might say I right up to the factory and picked it up, it was chaper
that way
What model is it?
It’s a 49,50,51,52,53,54,55,56,57,58,59 automobile
It’s a 60,61,62,63,64,65,66,67,68,69,70 automobile

 

 

 

 

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RAGGED OLD FLAG

I walked through a country court house square
On a park bench an old man was sitting there
I said, “Your court house is kinda run down”
He said, “Naw, it’ll do for our little town”
I said, “Your flag pole has a leaned a little bit
And that’s a Ragged Old Flag you got hanging on it”
He said, “Have a seat” and I sat down
“Is this the first time you’ve been in our little town?”
I said, “I think it is,” he said “I don’t like to brag
But we’re kinda proud of that Ragged Old Flag
You see, we got a little hole in that flag there
When Washington took it across the Delaware
And it got powder burned the night Francis Scott Key
Sat watchin’ it writing ‘Say Can You See’
And it got a bad rip in New Orleans
With Packinham and Jackson tuggin’ at its seams
And it almost fell at the Alamo
Beside the Texas flag but she waved on through
She got cut with a sword at Chancellorsville
And she got cut again at Shiloh Hill
There was Robert E. Lee, Beauregard and Bragg
And the south wind blew hard on that Ragged Old Flag
On Flanders Field in World War I
She got a big hole from a Bertha Gun
She turned blood red in World War II
She hung limp and low by the time it was through
She was in Korea and Vietnam
She went where she was sent by her Uncle Sam
Native Americans, brown, yellow and white
All shed red blood for the Stars and Stripes
In her own good land here she’s been abused
She’s been burned, dishonored, denied and refused
And the government for which she stands
Has been scandalized throughout the land
And she’s getting threadbare and wearing thin
But she’s in good shape for the shape she’s in
Cause she’s been through the fire before
And I believe she can take a whole lot more
So we raise her up every morning, take her down every night
We don’t let her touch the ground and fold her up right
On second thought I do like to brag
Cause I’m mighty proud of that Ragged Old Flag.”

 

 

 

 

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REDEMPTION

From the hands it came down From the side it came down From the feet it came down And ran to the ground Between heaven and hell A teardrop fell In the deep crimson dew The tree of life grew
And the blood gave life To the branches of the tree And the blood was the price That set the captives free And the numbers that came Through the fire and the flood Clung to the tree And were redeemed by the blood
From the tree streamed a light That started the fight ‘Round the tree grew a vine On whose fruit I could dine My old friend Lucifer came Fought to keep me in chains But I saw through the tricks Of six-sixty-six
And the blood gave life To the branches of the tree And the blood was the price That set the captives free And the numbers that came Through the fire and the flood Clung to the tree And were redeemed by the blood
From his hands it came down From his side it came down From his feet it came down And ran to the ground And a small inner voice Said “You do have a choice.” The vine engrafted me And I clung to the tree

 

 

 

 

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RUSTY CAGE

You wired me awake And hit me with a hand of broken nails You tied my lead and pulled my chain To watch my blood begin to boil
But I’m gonna break I’m gonna break my I’m gonna break my rusty cage and run
Too cold to start a fire I’m burning diesel, burning dinosaur bones I’ll take the river down to still water And ride a pack of dogs
I’m gonna break I’m gonna break my I’m gonna break my rusty cage and run
Hits like a Phillips head Into my brain It’s gonna be too dark To sleep again Cutting my teeth on bars And rusty chains, I’m gonna break my Rusty cage and run
When the forest burns Along the road Like God’s eyes In my headlights When the dogs are looking For their bones And it’s raining icepicks On your steel shore
I’m gonna break I’m gonna break my I’m gonna break my rusty cage and run

 

 

 

 

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SAN QUENTIN

San Quentin, you’ve been livin’ hell to me. You’ve hosted me since nineteen sixty three. I’ve seen ‘em come and go and I’ve seen them die. And long ago I stopped askin’ why.
San Quentin, I hate evry inch of you. You’ve cut me and have scarred me thru an’ thru. And I’ll walk out a wiser weaker man; Mister Congressman why can’t you understand.
San Quentin, what good do you think you do? Do you think I’ll be different when you’re through? You bent my heart and mind and you may my soul, And your stone walls turn my blood a little cold.
San Quentin, may you rot and burn in hell. May your walls fall and may I live to tell. May all the world forget you ever stood. And may all the world regret you did no good. San Quentin, you’ve been livin’ hell to me.

 

 

 

 

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SPIRITUAL

Jesus I don’t wanna die alone Jesus oh Jesus I don’t wanna die alone
My love wasn’t true Now all I have is you
Jesus oh Jesus I don’t wanna die alone
Jesus If you hear my last breath Don’t leave me here Left to die a lonely death I know I have sinned but Lord I’m suffering
Jesus Oh Jesus If you hear my last breath
Jesus I don’t wanna die alone Jesus oh Jesus I don’t wanna die alone
My love wasn’t true Now all I have is you
Jesus Oh Jesus I don’t wanna die alone
Jesus Jesus All my troubles All My pain Will leave me Once again
All my troubles All my pain Will leave me once again
All my troubles All my pain Will leave me once again Once again

 

 

 

 

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SOUTHERN ACCENTS

There’s a southern accent, where I come from The young’uns call it country The Yankees call it dumb I got my own way of talkin’ But everything is done, with a southern accent Where I come from
Now that drunk tank in Atlanta’s Just a motel room to me Think I might go work Orlando If them orange groves don’t freeze I got my own way of workin’ But everything is run, with a southern accent Where I come from
I got my own way of working When everything is wrong With a southern accent Where I come from
For just a minute there I was dreaming For just a minute it was all so real For just a minute she was standing there, with me
There’s a dream I keep having Where my mama comes to me And she kneels down over by the window And says a prayer for me I got my own way of prayin’ But everyone’s begun With a southern accent Where I come from
We have our own way of livin’ But everything is done With a southern accent Where I come from

 

 

 

 

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TENNESSEE STUD

Back about eighteen and twenty-five I left Tennessee very much alive I never would’ve made it through the Arkansas mud If I hadn’t been riding on the Tennessee Stud
Had some trouble with my sweetheart’s Pa One of her brothers was a bad outlaw I wrote a letter to my Uncle Spud And I rode away on the Tennessee Stud On a Tennessee Stud The Tennessee Stud was long and lean The color of the sun and his eyes were green He had the nerve and he had the blood There never was a horse like Tennessee Stud
Drifted on down into no man’s land Across the river called the Rio Grande Raced my horse with the Spaniard’s foe Til I got me a skin full of silver and gold
Me and the gambler, we couldn’t agree We got in a fight over Tennessee Pulled our guns and he fell with a thud And I rode away on a Tennessee Stud
The Tennessee Stud was long and lean The color of the sun and his eyes were green He had the nerve and he had the blood There was never a horse like the Tennessee Stud
I rode right back across Arkansas I whipped her brother and I whipped her Pa I found that girl with the golden hair She was riding on a Tennessee Mare
Pretty little baby on the cabin floor Little horse colt playing round the door I loved the girl with the golden hair And the Tennessee Stud loves the Tennessee Mare
The Tennessee Stud was long and lean The color of the sun and his eyes were green He had the nerve and he had the blood There was never a horse like the Tennessee Stud

 

 

 

 

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THE BEAST IN ME

The beast in me Is caged by frail and fragile bars Restless by day And by night rants and rages at the stars God help the beast in me
The beast in me Has had to learn to live with pain And how to shelter from the rain And in the twinkling of an eye Might have to be restrained God help the beast in me
Sometimes it tries to kid me That it’s just a teddy bear And even somehow manage to vanish in the air And that is when I must beware Of the beast in me that everybody knows They’ve seen him out dressed in my clothes Patently unclear It it’s New York or New Year God help the beast in me
The beast in me

 

 

 

 

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THE MAN WHO COULDN’T CRY

There once was a man who just couldn’t cry He hadn’t cried for years and for years Napalmed babies and the movie love story For instance could not produce tears As a child he had cried as all children will Then at some point his tear ducts ran dry He grew to be a man, the feces hit the fan Things got bad, but he couldn’t cry
His dog was run over, his wife up and left him And after that he got sacked from his job Lost his arm in the war, was laughed at by a whore Ah, but sill not a sniffle or sob
His novel was refused, his movie was panned And his big Broadway show was a flop
He got sent off to jail; you guessed it, no bail Oh, but still not a dribble or drop
In jail he was beaten, bullied and buggered And made to make license plates Water and bread was all he was fed But not once did a tear stain his face
Doctors were called in, scientists, too Theologians were last and practically least
They all agreed sure enough; this was sure no cream puff But in fact an insensitive beast
He was removed from jail and placed in a place For the insensitive and the insane He played lots of chess and made lots of friends And he wept every time it would rain
Once it rained forty days and it rained forty nights And he cried and he cried and he cried and he cried
On the forty-first day, he passed away He just dehydrated and died
Well, he went up to heaven, located his dog Not only that, but he rejoined his arm Down below, all the critics, they loot it all back Cancer robbed the whore of her charm
His ex-wife died of stretch marks, his ex-employer went broke The theologians were finally found out
Right down to the ground, that old jail house burned down The earth suffered perpetual drought

 

 

 

 

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THE ONE ROSE

So blue Lonesome too But still true
Rosie haunts me Makes me think of you
You’re the one rose that’s left in my heart, dear I love you, adore you, I do
Each night in dreamland we wander along Telling love stories anew When from a blue sky a black cloud came rolling Breaking my heart in two Oh we ought not to part I have said from the start You’re the one rose that’s left in my heart
Oh we ought not to part I have said from the start You’re the one rose that’s left in my heart

 

 

 

 

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THIRTEEN

Bad luck wind been blowing at my back I was born to bring trouble to wherever I’m at Got the number thirteen tattooed on my neck When the ink starts to itch, then the black will turn to red
I was born in the soul of misery Never had me a name They just gave me the number when I was young
Got a long line of heartache I carry it well The list of lives I’ve broken reach from here to hell Back luck been blowing at my back I pray you don’t look at me, I pray I don’t look back
I was born in the soul of misery Never had me a name They just gave me the number when I was young
I was born in the soul of misery Never had me a name They just gave me the number when I was young They just gave me the number when I was young

 

 

 

 

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UNCHAINED

I have been ungrateful And I have been unwise Restless from the cradle But now I realize It’s so hard to see the rainbow Through glasses dark as these Maybe I’ll be able From down on my knees
Oh I am weak Oh I know I am vain Take this weight from me Let my spirit be unchained
Old man swearin’ at the sidewalk And I am overcome Seems that we’ve both forgotten Forgotten to go home
Have I seen an angel Or have I seen a ghost Where’s that rock of ages When you need it most
It’s so hard to see the rainbow Through glasses dark as these Maybe I’ll be able From down on my knees

 

 

 

 

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WALK THE LINE

I keep a close watch on this heart of mine. I keep my eyes wide open all the time. I keep the ends out for the tie that binds. Because you’re mine, I walk the line.
I find it very, very easy to be true. I find myself alone when each day is through. Yes, I’ll admit I’m a fool for you. Because you’re mine, I walk the line.
As sure as night is dark and day is light. I keep you on my mind both day and night. And happiness I’ve known proves that it’s right Because you’re mine, I walk the line.
You’ve got a way to keep me on your side. You give me cause for love that I can’t hide. For you I know I’d even try to turn the tide. Because you’re mine, I walk the line.


 

 

 

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WHY ME, LORD

Why me Lord, what have I ever done To deserve even one Of the pleasures I’ve known Tell me Lord, what did I ever do That was worth loving you Or the kindness you’ve shown.
Lord help me Jesus, I’ve wasted it so Help me Jesus I know what I am Now that I know that I’ve need you so Help me Jesus, my soul’s in your hand.
Tell me Lord, if you think there’s a way I can try to repay All I’ve taken from you Maybe Lord, I can show someone else What I’ve been through myself On my way back to you.
Lord help me Jesus, I’ve wasted it so Help me Jesus I know what I am Now that I know that I’ve need you so Help me Jesus, my soul’s in your hand.

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