Whatever Happened To Me Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : I'm A Lonesome Fugitive

It gets longer in between each time you call
I'd be safe in saying you no longer care at all
We're never seem together like we used to
Be tell me darling whatever happened to me

I once played a big part in your world
Think back and I know you'll agree
You still play a big part in my world
Oh but whatever happened to me

I made up my own excuses for so long
I can't keep myself from asking what went wrong
Please forgive me if I'm just too blind to see
And tell me darling whatever happened to me

Please forgive me if I'm just too blind to see
And tell me darling whatever happened to me


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Drink Up And Be Somebody Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : I'm A Lonesome Fugitive

Well I gotta keep my reputation I gotta keep my pride
Can't let you know you've hurt me I can't let you know I've cried
I gotta make you think I'm happy everywhere I go
I gotta keep my hurt inside me I can't let it show
I gotta drink up and be somebody I have another round
I can't let my troubles find me I gotta keep your mem'ry down
Can't let you drive me crazy can't let you win I gotta drink up and be somebody again
[guitar]
Well I can't spend my whole life grieving I gotta find myself
I gotta put me back together I gotta find me someone else
I don't make you think I'm happy everywhere I go
I gotta keep my hurt inside me I can't let it show
I gotta drink up and be somebody...


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Someone Told My Story Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : I'm A Lonesome Fugitive

I played the brand new record on the jukebox
And I scarcely could believe the song I've heard
It told of how you left me for another
It was almost like I'd written every word

Someone told my story in a song
The lyrics told of happiness and home
Then it told of how you've done me wrong
Someone told my story in a song

The writer must've seen the way you done me
For he told it all and never missed a line
He told of swinging doors and the jukebox
And he even knew I almost lost my mind

Someone told my story in a song
The lyrics told of happiness and home
Then it told of how you've done me wrong
Someone told my story in a song


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If You Want To Be My Woman Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : I'm A Lonesome Fugitive

You say that you like ridin'
In my Cadillac
When I try to kiss you
You keep on pushin' me back
You say you like to party
and the money that I earn
But if you don't give me a sample
Before I sign that deed
Don't look at me
Like maybe you don't understand....
If you wanna be my Woman
Then you know you gotta let me be your man.
Piano & Guitar solo
You say yer from the country
I don't believe that's true
You try to play it smart
And look so innocent too
You say you need a ring
To give the lovin' that I need
But if you don't give me a sample
Before I sign that deed
Don't look at me
Like maybe you don't understand....
If you wanna be my Woman
Then you know you gotta let me be your man.
Piano solo, ending in a slide-out.


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Mary's Mine Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : I'm A Lonesome Fugitive

Mary's mine and she'll always be till the end of time
She gave her heart to me
No truer love could I ever find than Mary's love
And Mary's mine

I once lived the life without meaning
Just the face with no place in this world
At last I found reason for living
And I owe it all to the love of a girl

Her love gave me reason for living
To make her happy is first on my mind
Because of her my life has real meaning
I love her so and I know Mary's mine

Mary's mine and she'll always be till the end of time
She gave her heart to me
No truer love could I ever find than Mary's love
And Mary's mine

No truer love could I ever find than Mary's love
Cause Mary's mine


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Skid Row Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : I'm A Lonesome Fugitive

Well not long ago I was a happy man
Money in my pockets with the rings on my hands
My money's all Gone and I'm feelin' low
Standin' on the corner of Skid Row

My girl friend left me she don't want me no more
We had a great big fight just a night before
She said I got no class because she knows
I've been hangin' around on Skid Row

Well people walk by and they stop and stare
They giggle and they stickle at the clothes I wear
It's just another day like it always goes
When you're hangin' around on Skid Row

I got an old John Beam with the pain more through
Got a great big hole in the bottom of my shoe
My wine's all gone and I need some more
Standin' on the corner of Skid Row

Well people walk by and they stop and stare
They giggle and they stickle at the clothes I wear
It's just another day like it always goes
When you're hangin' around on Skid Row


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My Rough And Rowdy Ways Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : I'm A Lonesome Fugitive

For years and years I've rambled
I drank my wine and gambled
But one day I thought I would settle down

I have met a perfect lady
She said she'd be my baby
We built a cottage in the old hometown

But somehow I can't give up
My good old rambling ways
Lord, the railroad trains are calling me away

I may be rough, I may be wild
I may be tough and that's just my style
I can't give up my good old rough and rowdy ways

But somehow I can't give up
My good old rambling ways
Lord, the railroad trains are calling me away

I may be rough, I may be wild
I may be tough and that's just my style
I can't give up my good old rough and rowdy ways
[?] blues boy


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Mixed Up Mess Of A Heart Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : I'm A Lonesome Fugitive

Oh, you poor, broke, mixed up, mess of a heart
Yeah, a little, bitty woman gonna tear you all apart
I warned you a thousand times
But you wouldn't listen nor pay me no mind
You poor, broke, mixed up, mess of a heart

Yeah, I watched her buy her tickets in Charlotte, North Carolina
And I heard her say, "One-way, please, to Denver"
She's goin' to meet that other guy and it won't do us no good to cry
'Cause she's wearin' his ring on her finger

Oh, you poor, broke, mixed up, mess of a heart
Yeah, a little, bitty woman gonna tear you all apart
Yeah, I warned you a thousand times
But you wouldn't listen nor pay me no mind
You poor, broke, mixed up, mess of a heart

Well, I watched her tip the porter
As she stepped aboard that midnight train bound to take her faraway forever
I watched the tail light fade away knowing she was goin' to stray
And I wish this broken heart was leavin' with her

Oh, you poor, broke, mixed up, mess of a heart
Yeah, a little, bitty woman gonna tear you all apart
I warned you a thousand times
But you wouldn't listen nor pay me no mind
You poor, broke, mixed up, mess of a heart
You poor, broke, mixed up, mess of a heart


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Branded Man Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Branded Man

I'd like to hold my head up and be proud of who I am,
but they won't let my secret go untold.
I paid the debt I owed them, but they're still not satisfied,
now I'm a branded man out in the cold,

When they let me out of prison, I held my head up high,
determined I would rise above the shame.
But no matter where I travel, the black mark follows me,
I'm branded with a number on my name.
If I live to be a hundred, guess I'll never clear my name,
'cause everybody knows I've been in jail.

No matter where I'm living,
I've got to tell them where I've been,
or they'll send me back to prison if I fail.

Now I'm a branded man out in the cold.


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Loneliness Is Eating Me Alive Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Branded Man

There hasn't been one bit of laughter in this house so long
Just the howlin' of the wind asking why
I know this house ain't growing but it seems bigger since you're gone
And the loneliness is eatin' me alive.

If there's any forgiveness in ye wrap it up and come on home
Yeah I may not change completely oh but I'll try
And honey you have to hurry or there'd be no reason to come home
Cause this loneliness is eatin' me alive.

The bigger the house the harder the tear falls I found it out since your goodbye
And honey you'll have to hurry or there'll be no reason to come home
Cause this loneliness is eatin' me alive yeah this loneliness is eatin' me alive.


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Don't Get Married Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Branded Man

Julie they've taken me to prison
I pulled the gun and robbed the jewelry store
The only thing I took was that big diamond
You know the one you said you wish was yours.

The diamond in the window called for money
The price was just too much for me to pay
But the price I'm paying now is so much bigger
Oh Julie, don't I have the right to say.

Don't get married, Julie wait for me
Don't get married 'cause someday I'll be free.

[Instrumental]

Julie, when I serve the time they gave me
I'll walk out through the gates and I'll be free
I hope you didn't only want the diamond
'Cause I pray that you also wanted me.

Don't get married, Julie wait for me
Don't get married 'cause someday I'll be free...


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Somewhere Between Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Branded Man

Somewhere between your heart and mine
There's a window that I can't see through
There's a wall so high it reaches the sky
Somewhere between me and you.

I love you so much I can't let you go
And sometimes I believe you love me
But somewhere between your heart and mine
There's a door without any key.

Somewhere between your heart and mine
There's a window that I can't see through
There's a wall so high it reaches the sky
Somewhere between me and you.

Somewhere between your heart and mine
There's a love I can't understand
It's there for a while then it fades like a smile
And I'm left in the middle again.

Somewhere between your heart and mine
There's a window that I can't see through
There's a wall so high it reaches the sky
Somewhere between me and you...


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You Don't Have Very Far To Go Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Branded Man

You always find a way, to hurt my pride
If I'm not cryin', you're not, satisfied
I don't know why you want to, hurt me so
If you're tryin' to break my heart,
You don't have very far to go

You don't have very far to go before the heartaches, begin
I already feel the sadness, of a heartbreak, settin' in
You've turnin' down the flame of love, too low
If you're tryin' to break my heart,
You don't have very far to go

turn around

You don't have very far to go before the heartaches begin
I already feel the sadness of a heartbreak settin' in
You can't love me and still love, to hurt me so
If you're tryin' to break my heart
You don't have very far to go


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Gone Crazy Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Branded Man

Well, you took my love for granted and I gave it all willingly
But seeing you with someone else was the breaking point for me
I know I'm goin' crazy I can feel it comin' on
The signs're all around me and I know I'll soon be gone
Gone crazy I may be hard to find gone crazy somewhere out of my mind.

But there'll be laughter all around me when they come and take me away
And in case you see me leavin' oh you can bet I've gone to stay
I know you're gonna miss me when you find I've gone insane
But I got the right to lose my mind if I can't stand the pain
Gone crazy I may be hard to find gone crazy somewhere out of my mind...


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I Threw Away The Rose Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Branded Man

Once I lived the life of wine and roses
And I drank a lot back then for one concern
Success for me lay just around the corner
I thought my social friends would help me make the turn

But now I'm paying for the days of wine and roses
A victim of the drunken life I chose
Now all my social friends look down their noses
'Cause I kept the wine and threw away the rose

I stood by and watched the bottle take control of me
The turn I made was not the one I'd planned
And I watched my social standings slip away from me
While I watched the bottle slowly take command

And now I'm paying for the days of wine and roses
A victim of the drunken life I chose
Now all my social friends look down their noses
'Cause I kept the wine and threw away the rose
'Cause I kept the wine and threw away the rose


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My Hands Are Tied Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Branded Man

She came her to see me today in prison where I have to stay
But this time she came here to tell me goodbye
Pretending that I understood I held back the tears best I could
But I know that she knew I wanted to cry.

'Cause my hands're tied
I'm locked here inside
I want her, I need her, I love her
But my hands're tied.

Her visits kept my world alive our love found the way to survive
But now it's all over I've lost her for good
She waited with arms open wide till somebody else stepped inside
But I know she waited as long as she could.

'Cause my hands're tied
I'm locked here inside
I want her, I need her, I love her
But my hands're tied...


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Some Of Us Never Learn Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Branded Man

There'll always be a few of us to keep the barrooms busy
And there'll always be fools like me with no place else to turn
'Cause liquor has the charmin' taste to keep you coming back
For it's true I guess that some of us never learn.

A crowded bar can't ever change the past
But from time to time we drown it in a glass
'Cause liquor has the charmin' taste to keep you coming back
Well, it's true I guess that some of us never learn.

A crowded bar can't ever change the past
But from time to time we drown it in a glass
'Cause liquor has the charmin' taste to keep you coming back
Well, it's true I guess that some of us never learn.

Never learn...


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Long Black Limousine Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Branded Man

There's a long line of mourners coming down our street
Their fancy cars're such a sight to see
They're all of your rich friends that knew you in the city
And now they finally brought you back to me.

The papers told of how you lost your life
Of the party and that fatal crash that night
The race on the highway the curve nobody seen
Now you're riding in that long black limousine.

When you left home you told me that someday you'd be returnin'
With a fancy car for a whole town to see
Well now everybody's watching now and I guess you finally got your dream
You're riding in one of them long black limousines.

Through tears I watch as you ride by
With a chauffeur at the wheel dressed up so fine
I'll never love another for my heart and all my dreams
Ride with you in that long black limousine...


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Go Home Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Branded Man

In old Padres Nadres Old Mexico
Once in my travel I happened to go
I met Maria and we fell in love
It seemed like heaven came down from above.

Dark skin and dark eyes and dark wavy hair
All kept me spellbound as love filled the air
I held her tightly then to my surprise
She whispered soft words with tears in her eyes.

Go home, go home, your people would not understand
Go home go, home, go back to your own homeland.

With gentle persuasion I changed her mind
I said they'd love her and treat her so kind
So we went together to my old hometown
I wanted to show my old friends what I'd found.

But hate made my sweet dream a nightmare
One day I came home and she was not there
A note on the table tore my world apart
My old friends has been there and told my sweetheart.

Go home go, home, your place is not with this man
Go home, go home, go back to your own homeland...


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I Made The Prison Band Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Branded Man

Deep inside this lonely prison where the pleasures are so few
Where the walls are strong and the days are long and there's nothin' new
I learned to play the guitar and I'm a doin' the best I can
I guess I could be worse because I made the prison band
I made the prison band.

Now there's ole bashful Bill on the doghouse bass Willie on the steel guitar
He hails from Ponkatilla where they drive a pretty mean bar
And back on the drum there's two time Tom our mshot temple man
The boys call me their singin' MC since I made the prison band
I made the prison band.

I've been plannin' a break since Christmas I had the details all worked out
But now I know that I ain't gonna go and there's no doubt
I had my try-out Sunday and the outcome changed my plan
I gotta rehearse for the Friday night show cause I made the prison band
I made the prison band.

Now there's ole bashful Bill on the doghouse bass Willie on the steel guitar
He hails from Ponkatilla where they drive a pretty mean bar
And back on the drum there's two time Tom our mshot temple man
The boys call me their singin' MC since I made the prison band
I made the prison band.

I made the prison band...


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Sing Me Back Home Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Sing Me Back Home

The warden led a prisoner down the hallway to his doom
I stood up to say good-bye like all the rest
And I heard him tell the warden just before he reached my cell
'Let my guitar playing friend do my request.' (Let him...)

Sing me back home with a song I used to hear
Make my old memories come alive
Take me away and turn back the years
Sing Me Back Home before I die

I recall last Sunday morning a choir from 'cross the street
Came to sing a few old gospel songs
And I heard him tell the singers 'There's a song my mama sang.
Can I hear once before we move along?'

Sing me back home, the song my mama sang
Make my old memories come alive
Take me away and turn back the years
Sing Me Back Home before I die

Sing Me Back Home before I die


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Look Over Me Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Sing Me Back Home

If some time we're thrown together by our friends
And we're forced to see each other once again
I may lose control inspite of how I try
Please look over me while I cry.

If I'm fool enough to keep on loving you
After all the grief and heartache I've been through
Be kind enough to help me save my pride
Please look over me while I cry.

Pretend you're not aware of how you torture me
And with your help maybe no one else will notice me
Be kind enough to help me save my pride
Please look over me while I cry.

Pretend you're not aware of how you torture me
And with your help maybe no one else will notice me
Be kind enough to help me save my pride
Please look over me while I cry...


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Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Sing Me Back Home

Oh, the path was deep and wide
From footsteps leading to our cabin
Above the door there burned a scarlet lamp
And late at night a hand would knock
And there would stand a stranger
Yes, I'm the son of Hickory Holler's tramp.

Yeah, the weeds were high, the corn was dry
When daddy took to drinking
Him and Sally Walker, they up and ran away
Then Momma shed a silent tear
And promised fourteen children
"I swear you'll never see a hungry day."

When Momma sacrificed her pride
The neighbours started talking
But we were much too young
To understand the things they said
All we really cared about
Was Momma's chicken dumplings
And a goodnight kiss
Before we went to bed.

Oh, you know, the path was deep and wide
From footsteps leading to our cabin
Above the door there burned a scarlet lamp
And late at night a hand would knock
And there would stand a stranger
Yes, I'm the son of Hickory Holler's tramp.

When Daddy left and destitution
Came upon our family
Not one neighbour volunteered
To lend a helping hand
So just let 'em gossip all they want
She loved us, and she raised us
The proof is standing here
A full grown man.

Last summer Momma passed away
And left the ones who loved her
Each and every one is
More than grateful for their birth
And each Sunday she receives
A big bouquet of fourteen roses
With a card that reads
'The Greatest Mom on Earth.'

Oh, you know, the path was deep and wide
From footsteps leading to our cabin
Above the door there burned a scarlet lamp
And late at night a hand would knock
And there would stand a stranger
Yes, I'm the son of Hickory Holler's tramp...


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If You See My Baby Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Sing Me Back Home

If you see my baby while making your rounds
In some crowded nightspot or cafe in town
Tell her I miss her and I'm still around
If you see my baby in this lonesome old town.

Tell her to call me when she's all alone
'Cause I'm always waitin' by my telephone
I'd still worship the ground where she walks around
If you see my baby in this lonesome old town.

Tell her to call me when she's all alone
'Cause I'm always waitin' by my telephone
I'd still worship the ground where she walks around
If you see my baby in this lonesome old town...


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Wine Take Me Away Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Sing Me Back Home

Warm red wine you know that place where you take me some times
Where my caress have wings and fly right off my shoulder
Where I leave my cares behind and for a while find peace of mind
Help me friend of mine wine take me away.

Wine take me away where I can lose myself
Take me where I won't even see the light of day
It's my life and I wanna live it it's my will and I wanna give it
Help me friend of mine wine take me away.

When my life becomes a grime and when I'm weary and tired
Then I'll tell myself I need a short vacation
I gotta leave this lonely town and you're the quickest way I found
Help me friend of mine wine take me away.

Wine take me away where I can lose myself
Take me where I won't even see the light of day
It's my life and I wanna live it it's my will and I wanna give it
Help me friend of mine wine take me away.

Help me friend of mine wine take me away...


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Where Does The Good Times Go Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Sing Me Back Home

Where does the good times go
Where does the river flow
Where does the north wind blow
Where does the good times go

Lips that used to burn with love
Now are cold beneath my touch
Still I love you oh so much
Where does the good times go

Where does the good times go
Where does the river flow
Where does the north wind blow
Where does the good times go

Arms that used to hold me tight
Eyes that shone with love so bright
Now have changed like day to night
Where does the good times go

Where does the good times go
Where does the river flow
Where does the north wind blow
Where does the good times go
Where does the good times go


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I'll Leave The Bottle On The Bar Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Sing Me Back Home

A loser doesn't always know he's losing
Till he's lost the game and it's too late to win
I hope I'll call in time and you'll forgive me
Cause I want so much to come back home again.

And I'll leave the bottle on the bar
If you'll take me back to start anew
I'll leave the bottle on the bar
I'll sober up and come back home to you.

I stood by and let the bottle come between us
And I let it through me time and time again
Before I thought the wine was all I needed
But now I see just what a fool I've been.

And I'll leave the bottle on the bar
If you'll take me back to start anew
I'll leave the bottle on the bar
I'll sober up and come back home to you...


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My Past Is Present Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Sing Me Back Home

The girl I love so much just walked in the door
My past is present but she's not mine anymore
Did she stop by to hurt me or does she even know I'm here
My past is present it'd be that she still cares.

For without her there's no future she's close yet far away
I keep hoping that my tomorrows will catch up with yesterday
For time has stopped my world has stopped since she went away
My past is present I just hope she's back to stay.

For time has stopped my world has stopped since she went away
My past is present I just hope she's back to stay...


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Home Is Where A Kid Grows Up Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Sing Me Back Home

It may be down the south in Alabama
Or maybe just a little old one horse town
It could be on the back streets of Chicago
But if it's home it's still the greatest place around.

Home's where a kid grows up'
And spends his younger days
Home is where I long to be
No matter how far away.

There may be an old sweetheart still there waitin'
Can't tell I might even find a few old friends
I know my mom and dad would like to see me
And know I want so much to go back home again.

Home's where the kid grows up
And spends his younger days
Home is where I long to be
No matter how far away.

It may be down the south in Alabama...


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Mom And Dad's Waltz Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Sing Me Back Home

I'd walk for miles cry or smile for my mama and daddy
I want them I want them to know
How I feel my love is real for my mama and daddy
I want them to know I love them so.

In my heart the joy tears start 'cause I'm happy
And I pray every day for mom and pappy and each night
I'd walk for miles cry or smile for my mama and daddy
I want them to know I love them so.

I'd fight in wars do all my chores for my mama and daddy
I want them to live on till they're called
I'd work and slave and never rave to my mama and daddy
Because I know I owe them my all.

In my heart the joy tears start'cause I'm happy
And I pray every day for mom and pappy and each night
I'd walk for miles cry or smile for my mama and daddy
I want them to know I love them so.

I love them so...


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Good Times Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Sing Me Back Home

Now I want to think about tomorrow
When the happy times are gone away
Good times can't last forever
But the good times are here today.

And I want to talk about the leavin'
If you want to beg me to stay
I wanna live just for the moment
And everything is going my way.

And I want to think about tomorrow
When the happy times are gone away
Good times can't last forever
But the good times are here today.

I'm not gonna save any money
I'm gonna spend every dime I can
And I'll buy you everything that money can buy
While the good times are here at hand.

And I want to think about tomorrow
When the happy times are gone away
Good times can't last forever
But the good times are here today...


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Seeing Eye Dog Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Sing Me Back Home

Well, I'm gonna get me a seeing eye dog to help me find my way
I'm so much in love with you I can't even see the light of day
My mind is cloudy like a winter storm before the rain come pourin' down
I feel so good and I gotta get my feet on the ground on the ground.

Well. I'm walkin' real tall with my head held high in a cloud
I feel so good sometime I wanna holler out loud
Well I'm gonna take me a comin' down pill every time you come around
I feel so good and I gotta get my feet on the ground on the ground.

Well. I'm walkin' real tall with my head held high in a cloud
I feel so good sometime I wanna holler out loud
Well I'm gonna take me a comin' down pill every time you come around
I feel so good and I gotta get my feet on the ground on the ground...


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The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : The Legend Of Bonnie & Clyde

Bonnie was a waitress in a small cafe
Clyde Barrow was the rounder that took her away
They both robbed and killed until both of them died
So goes the Legend of Bonnie and Clyde.

The poems that she wrote of the life that they led
Told of the lawmen left dying or dead
Some say that Clyde made her life a shame
But the legend made Bonnie the head of the game.

The rampage grew wilder with each passing day
The odds growing smaller with each get-a-way
With the end growing closer the harder they fought
With blood on their hands they were bound to get caught.

They drove back from town on one bright summer day
When a man they befriended stepped out in the way
With no thought of dyin' they pulled to the side
But death lay there waiting for Bonnie and Clyde.

Two years or runnin' was ended that day
For robbin' and killin' they both had to pay
But we'll always remember how they lived and died
So goes the legend of Bonnie and Clyde.

Bonnie and Clyde...


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Is This The Beginning Of The End? Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : The Legend Of Bonnie & Clyde

I just don't seem to know you anymore
You're only with me every now and then
And you don't kiss me like you did before
Is this the beginning of the end?

Is there a broken heart for me in store
While I'm holding you do you pretend
That I'm someone else you're longing for
Is this the beginning of the end?

There's a faraway look in your eyes
Am I losing you my heart cries
Hold me close and put my heart at ease
Whisper I love you once again
Just three words can make my heart believe
Rhis is not the beginning of the end.

There's a faraway look in your eyes
Am I losing you my heart cries
Hold me close and put my heart at ease
Whisper I love you once again
Just three words can make my heart believe
Rhis is not the beginning of the end...


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Love Has A Mind Of Its Own Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : The Legend Of Bonnie & Clyde

I'd love to forget every time that you kissed me
I'd love to forget that you're gone
I'd gladly hold back each tear that I'm crying
But love has a mind of its own.

Love is a ruler the greatest of kings
Love sets a pion a throne
Forgetting you darling is not my decision
For love has a mind of its own.

I don't wanna carry this worrysome heartache
I don't want to cry all night long
I wish I could run from the day that I met you
But love has a mind of its own.

Love is a ruler the greatest of kings
Love sets a pion a throne
Forgetting you darling is not my decision
For love has a mind of its own.

Love has a mind of its own...


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Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : The Legend Of Bonnie & Clyde

For years I've tried to leave this poor man's valley
On a train that's on its way to richer ground
Where rivers never overflow and dreams cannot be drowned
But the train never stops at our town.

I'd like to buy a mansion for my darling
On a way upon a mountain look it down
I know there's a restless goal up there just waitin' to be found
But the train never stops at our town.

Failure has to find something to blame
And the only thing that's left is that old frame
The darkness of the night catches me crying
A whistle soon will blow a lonesome sound.

A spark of hope becomes a flame
Each time the train slows down
But the train never stops at our town
That old train never stops at our town...


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Fool's Castle Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : The Legend Of Bonnie & Clyde

It's a big house on a hilltop fine carpets on the floor
Expensive polished marble are the steps up to the door
Vines are climbin' up to the roof top as if there's something they'd like to hide
People call it a fool's Castle and I'm the fool that lives inside.

The girl is gone that warmed the castle
Now it's dark the flame has died
It's a big house on a hilltop without love and without pride
People call it a Fool's Castle and I'm the fool that lives inside.

She used to live here I thought she was lucky she had what most girls only dream of
I gave her diamonds silk and satin I gave her everything but love
And with my giving I gave her nothing she wanted only to be by my side
Yes they call it a Fool's Castle and I'm the fool that lives inside.

The girl is gone that warmed the castle
Now it's dark the flame has died
It's a big house on a hilltop without love and without pride
People call it a Fool's Castle and I'm the fool that lives inside...


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Will You Visit Me On Sundays? Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : The Legend Of Bonnie & Clyde

Just outside these prison bars the hanging tree is waitin'
At sunrise I'll meet darkness and death will say hello
Darling touch your lips to mine and tell me that you love me
Promise me again before you go.

Will you visit me on Sundays, will you bring me pretty flowers
Will your big blue eyes be misty will you brush away a tear
A grave is filled with silence but if a sleeping man could hear
Darling would I hear your footsteps up there.

Promise me that time won't separate me from your mem'ry
That you'll remember me until the days of silver hair
If not for you I know I'd lose my mind before the morning
Hold me close and tell me that you care.

And will you visit me on Sundays, will you bring me pretty flowers
Will your big blue eyes be misty will you brush away a tear
A grave is filled with silence but if a sleeping man could hear
Darling would I hear your footsteps up there.

Will you visit me on Sundays, will you bring me pretty flowers
Will your big blue eyes be misty will you brush away a tear
A grave is filled with silence but if a sleeping man could hear
Darling would I hear your footsteps up there...


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My Ramona Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : The Legend Of Bonnie & Clyde

Everybody's talking bad about Ramona
They say she's changed a lot since I've been gone
They say she may not be too glad to see me
Cause Ramona doesn't know I'm coming home.

Ah but everybody's wrong about Ramona
They're just going by the way she's actin' now
I just can't believe the things they say about her
Cause Ramona knows the things I wanna allow.

Ramana's gonna be the way she used to be
And I'll be proud of her just like I was before
She never was the kind to like those crowded bars
And Ramona won't be seen there anymore.

They say I may not recognize Ramona
And going by the picture they describe
The life they say she's living sure don't fit her
But I know she's still the same sweet girl inside.

Ramana's gonna be the way she used to be
And I'll be proud of her just like I was before
She never was the kind to like those crowded bars
And Ramona won't be seen there anymore...


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I Started Loving You Again Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : The Legend Of Bonnie & Clyde

Today I started loving you again
I'm right back where I've really always been
I got over you just long enough to let my heartache mend
then today I started loving you again.

What a fool I was to think I could get by
With only these few million tears I've cried
I should have known the worst was yet to come
And that crying time for me had just begun.

'Cause today I started loving you again
I'm right back where I've really always been
I got over you just long enough to let my heartache mend
then today I started loving you again...


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Money Tree Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : The Legend Of Bonnie & Clyde

Silver and gold made you say goodbye
One day it may make you wanna cry
When you're alone with a heart that's blue
Who will you take your heartaches too.

Love can't grow on a money tree
Not the kind you had with me
Some day when you're older a wiser girl you'll be
Then you'll know that love can't grow on a money tree.

I don't blame you for all my pain
A young girl like you needs time to dream
You're happy now but how long will it last
One day you'll be just a girl with the past.

Love can't grow on a money tree
Not the kind you had with me
Some day when you're older a wiser girl you'll be
Then you'll know that love can't grow on a money tree...


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You Still Have A Place In My Heart Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : The Legend Of Bonnie & Clyde

If the one you'd think is true ever turns his back on you
You've still got a place in my heart
If every road you take proves you've made a big mistake
Baby you've still got a place in my heart.

If I'm a fool to pray that you'll come back some day
Well then I'll know of million fools that love has turned that way
If the years should make you cry don't go on and live a lie
Baby you've still got a place in my heart.

If the years should make you cry don't go on and live a lie
Baby you've still got a place in my heart...


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Because You Can't Be Mine Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : The Legend Of Bonnie & Clyde

What makes something you can't have always look so good
Why'd do something out of reach seem so fine
What makes you thrill me more than any girl I know
I guess it's just because you can't be mine.

Why can't I be contented with what belongs to me
And be satisfied with what's already mine
What makes a stolen moment such a precious thing
I guess it's just because you can't be mine.

What makes me always want a woman I can't have
Why the someone else's silver always shine
My patience rises every time you come around
And I guess it's just because you can't be mine.

Why can't I be contented with what belongs to me
And be satisfied with what's already mine
What makes a stolen moment such a precious thing
I guess it's just because you can't be mine...


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Mama Tried Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Mama Tried

The first thing I remember knowing
Was a lonesome whistle blowing
And a young'un's dream of growing up to ride
On a freight train leaving town
Not knowing where I'm bound
And no one could change my mind but Mama tried

One and only rebel child
From a family meek and mild
My mama seemed to know what lay in store
Despite all my Sunday learning
Towards the bad I kept on turning
Till Mama couldn't hold me anymore

And I turned twenty-one in prison doing life without parole
No one could steer me right but Mama tried, Mama tried
Mama tried to raise me better, but her pleading I denied
That leaves only me to blame 'cause Mama tried

Dear old Daddy, rest his soul
Left my mom a heavy load
She tried so very hard to fill his shoes
Working hours without rest
Wanted me to have the best
She tried to raise me right but I refused

And I turned twenty-one in prison doing life without parole
No one could steer me right but Mama tried, Mama tried
Mama tried to raise me better, but her pleading I denied
That leaves only me to blame 'cause Mama tried


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Green, Green Grass Of Home Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Mama Tried

The old hometown looks the same as I step down from the train
And there to meet me is my mama and papa
Down the lane I look and there runs Mary hair of gold and lips like cherries
It's good to touch the green, green grass of home.

The old house is still standing though the paint is cracked and dry
There's the old oak tree that I used to play on
Down the lane I walk with my sweet Mary hair of gold and lips like cherries
It's so good to touch the green, green grass of home.

Yes they'll all come to meet me arms a reached smiling sweetly
It's so good to touch the green, green grass of home.

Then I awake and look around me at the four grey walls that surround me
And I realized that I was only dreaming
For there's a guard and there's that sad old padre
Arm in arm we'll walk at daybreak
And again I'll touch the green, green grass of home.

Yes, they'll all come to see me in the shade of that old oak tree
As they lay me neath the green, green grass of home...


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Little Ole Wine Drinker Me Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Mama Tried

I'm praying for rain in California
So the grapes can grow and they can make more wine
And I'm a sittin' at a honky'n in Chicago
With a broken heart and a woman on my mind.

I match the man behind a bar for the jukebox
And the music takes me back to Tennessee
When they ask who's the fool in the corner cryin'
I say a little ole wine drinker me.

I came here last week from down in Nashville
Cause my baby left for Florida on a train
And I thought I'd get a job and just forget her
But in Chicago a broken heart is still the same.

I match the man behind a bar for the jukebox
And the music takes me back to Tennessee
When they ask who's the fool in the corner cryin'
I say a little ole wine drinker me.

Yeah, I say a little ole wine drinker me...


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Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Mama Tried

We got up before sunup to get the work done up
We'd work in the fields till the sun had gone down
We've stood and we've cried as we helplessly watched
A hailstorm a beatin' our crops to the ground
And I've gone to bed hungry many nights as a lad
In the good old days when times were bad.

I've seen daddy's hands break open and bleed
And I've seen him work till he's stiff as a board
I've seen mama lay and suffer in sickness
In need of a doctor we couldn't afford
Anything at all was more than we had
In the good old days when times were bad.

No amount of money could buy from me
The mem'ries that I have of them
No amount of money could pay me
To go back and live through it again.

We've got up before we found ice on the floor
Where the wind would blew snow through the cracks in the wall
And I've walked many miles to an old country school
With my luch in a bag of my overalls
Anything at all was more than we had
In the good old days when times were bad.

No amount of money could buy from me
The mem'ries that I have of them
No amount of money could pay me
To go back and live through it again...


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I Could Have Gone Right Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Mama Tried

Oh, I was born a good boy my mama loved me so
She gave me every chance she could to make my life a gold
But I fell in with the wrong crowd and the wrong crowd led me on
But I could have gone right just as easy as I went wrong.

I went to the places where sin just waits for you
And I fell in with the wrong crowd like sinners always do
Now here I sit in prison just waiting for the day
When they'll lead me throught that door and burn my life away.

Oh, mama please forgive me, the shame is all my own
For I could have gone right just as easy as I went wrong.

Oh, mama please forgive me, the shame is all my own
For I could have gone right just as easy as I went wrong...


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I'll Always Know Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Mama Tried

Revenge must be the reason
Why forgiveness was a thing I never knew
And someday soon I know you plan to hurt me
But don't plan on getting by with the things you do.

'Cause I'll always know when you been cheating
And I'll always know you've been untrue
I'll always know.

Your heart is like a window
But when I look inside I see another man
But go on and lie and tell him how you fooled me
But remember I saw through you're evil plan.

'Cause I'll always know when you been cheating
And I'll always know you've been untrue
I'll always know.

And don't forget it either.


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The Sunny Side Of My Life Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Mama Tried

Oh, the sunny side of my life is the side you're living on
Grey skies never come when I'm with you
Good times hang around only when you're here at home
The sunny side of my life is here with you.

Standing at my window watching raindrops hit the ground
Countin' up the days you've been away
It's lonely here without you and the blues had got me down
Come on home and brighten up my days.

Oh, the sunny side of my life is the side you're living on
Grey skies never come when I'm with you
Good times hang around only when you're here at home
The sunny side of my life is here with you.

Sittin' on a park bench with the funnies in my hand
Trying hard to laugh at what I see
The sunny side of my life is shining somewhere else
Nothing's quite the way it ought to be.

Oh, the sunny side of my life is the side you're living on
Grey skies never come when I'm with you
Good times hang around only when you're here at home
The sunny side of my life is here with you...


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Teach Me To Forget Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Mama Tried

You taught me how to love with all my heart
With all my soul I trusted you
And now you say we'll have to live apart
A thing I don't know how to do

You say someday I'll find somebody new
And I'll have not one regret
Stay a while if what you say is true
Stay and teach me to forget

You taught me how to worship you alone
And now you say that you must go
And people call me on the telephone
Just to say I told you so

You say someday I'll find somebody new
And I'll have not one regret
Stay a while if what you say is true
Stay and teach me to forget.

Stay and teach me to forget...


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Folsom Prison Blues Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Mama Tried

I hear that train a comin' it's comin' around the bend
I ain't seen the sunshine since I don't know when
I'm locked in Folsom Prison and time keeps draggin' on
And I hear that train a rollin' on down to San Antone.

When I was just a baby my mama 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 hear that lonesome whistle I hang my head and I cry.

I bet there's rich folks eatin' in a fancy dining car
They're probably drinking coffee and smoking big cigars
Well I know I had it comin' I know I can't be free
But I hear that train a rollin' that's what tortures me.

If they freed me from this prison if that railroad train was mine
I bet I'd move it over a little farther down the line
Far from Folsom Prison that's where I long to be
And let that train keep a rollin' and roll my blues away...


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Run 'Em Off Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Mama Tried

Now when the big bad wolf got in grandma's house
A little Red Ridinghood was scared as the mouse
And just like her I'm scared through and through
Some two legged wolf would run away with you.

So run 'em off no use to talk all day
Just run 'em off they're tryin' to get you to play
Run 'em off and make 'em let us be
If you don't run 'em off I swear you're cheatin' on me.

Now there's an iceman and milkman and folks out of town
They don't come to visit they just hang around
They act just as friendly as can be
But I don't think they care a thing about me.

So run 'em off don't talk too long
Run 'em off so we can be alone
Run 'em off and make 'em let us be
If you don't run 'em off I swear you're cheatin' on me.

No matter where you are or what you do
Folks start to whistle and how is you
When they get too close I wanna say shoo
Cause it looks like they wanna take what bother you.

So run 'em off, don't talk too long
You're gonna get in Dutch
Run 'em off and make 'em let us be
If you don't run 'em off I swear you're cheatin' on me.

Now once I ended this song but I write so more
Cause there's a half-a-dozen wolfs comin' up to my door
And I can tell by a lookin' cause it's plain to see
That they're not here to make eyes at me.

So run 'em off don't talk too long
You're gonna get in Dutch
Run 'em off and make 'em let us be
If you don't run 'em off I swear you're cheatin' on me...


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You'll Never Love Me Now Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Mama Tried

Admitting you're to blame won't heal my wounded pride
It's too late to be ashamed I've already stepped aside
Just let me live again and please don't come around
If you never loved me then you'll never love me now.

You fooled me all the way each time you held me tight
But when darkness turned to day then I finally saw the light
When I really needed you that's when you let me down
If you never loved me then you'll never love me now.

Just let me live again and please don't come around
If you never loved me then you'll never love me now...


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Too Many Bridges To Cross Over Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Mama Tried

Be close to me but please don't ever love me
Don't let your feelings carry you that far
I'll hold you in my arms buy you clothes and pretty charms
And I'll give you everything except my love.

Because there's too many bridges to cross over
Too many places I ain't been
Yeah there's too many fields of tempting clover
Like an eagle I'm a prisoner of the wind.

Well traveling was the nickname of my papa
And mama said he died cause he slowed down
Keep in mine these things I'm saying
Cause I ain't got the time to staying
Won't be long until my shoes touch distant ground.

Because there's too many bridges to cross over
Too many places I ain't been
Yeah there's too many fields of tempting clover
Like an eagle I'm a prisoner of the wind...


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I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Pride In What I Am

Things I learned in a hobo jungle
Were things they never taught me in a classroom,
Like where to find a handout
While thumbin' through Chicago in the afternoon.
Hey, I'm not braggin' or complainin',
Just talkin' to myself man to man.
This ole' mental fat I'm chewin' didn't take alot of doin'.
But I take alot of pride in what I am.

I guess I grew up a loner,
I don't remember ever havin' any folks around.
But I keep thumbin' through the phone books,
And lookin' for my daddy's name in every town.
And I meet lots of friendly people,
That I always end up leavin' on the lam.
Where I've been or where I'm goin'
Didn't take alot of knowin',
But I take alot of pride in what I am.

I never travel in a hurry,
'Cause I got nobody waitin' for me anywhere.
Home is anywhere I'm livin',
If it's sleepin' on some vacant bench in City Square,
Or if I'm workin' on some road gang,
Or just livin' off the fat of our great land.
I never been nobody's idol, But at least I got a title,
And I take alot of pride in what I am.

I never been nobody's idol, But at least I got a title,
And I take alot of pride in what I am.

I take alot of pride in what I am.

I take alot of pride in what I am...


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Who'll Buy The Wine Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Pride In What I Am

Not so long ago you held our baby's bottle
But the one you're holding now's a different kind
And you'd never know whose lips you'll soon be kissin'
'Cause it all depends on who will buy the wine.

Whoever sets 'em up and tips the waitress
Your kind of love just might as well be blind
And you'd never know whose lips you'll soon be kissin'
And it all depends on who will buy the wine.

The kind of life you're livin' since you left me
I'm sure is not the life you thought you choosed
Your honky tonkin' world is not so flashy
Bright lights and booze is all it really knows.

Whoever sets 'em up and tips the waitress
Your kind of love just might as well be blind
You just sit and wait to be somebody's baby
And it all depends on who will buy the wine...


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The Day The Rains Came Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Pride In What I Am

Your strange love was what I found
The day the rains came down
And I remember we found shelter in the cave
With the rain clouds up above
In the darkness we found love
The day the rains came I became your slave.

As the rains made rivers swell I fell deeper in your spell
You took my hand and handed me a crown
If I could just live on with these things I have known
I know that I'd be glad of what I've found.

As the rains made rivers swell I fell deeper in your spell
You took my hand and handed me a crown
But if I could just live on with these things I have known
I know that I'd be glad of what I've found.

Your strange love was what I found.
The day the rains came down...


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Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Pride In What I Am

Hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm
Hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm.
I made a big mistake when
I introduced her to my friend
And gave him a chance to dance with her
As I watched them in the crowd
I could hear my heart beat loud
'Cause it meant goodbye to me
When she said hello to him.

Hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm
Hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm
She just held on to his hand
When it was break time for the band
And it was plain to see that I'd lost out
So I slipped to wait and cry
Felt so low I could die
'Cause it meant goodbye to me
When she said hello to him.

Hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm
Hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm
Is there anywhere to go
Where a broken heart won't show
Everyone must know what's wrong with me
They can tell bout my ways
I go round lost in the days
'Cause it meant goodbye to me
When she said hello to him.

Hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm...


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I Can't Hold Myself In Line Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Pride In What I Am

I'm going off of the deep end
And I'm slowly losing my mind
And I disagree with the way (ha-ha) I'm living
But I can't hold myself in line.

You give me no reason for my drinkin'
But I can't stand myself at times
And you're better off to just leave and forget me
'Cause I can't hold myself in line.

Hey, my weakness is stronger than I am
Guess I've always been the losin' kind
Now I'm full speed ahead down the wrong road of life
And I can't hold myself in line.

Yeah, and I'm going off of the deep end
Hey, I'm slowly losing my mind
And I disagree with the way I've been living
But I can't hold myself in line...


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I'm Bringin' Home Good News Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Pride In What I Am

Yeah, I'm bringin' home some good news
Got some things you'll be glad to hear
Like I'm leavin' town and won't be back around
Just long enough to get my gear.

There won't be any goodbye kisses
Well, I'm puttin' on my leavin' shoes
This is the end we're through it's over
Yeah, I'm bringin' home some good news.

Well, I was sittin' downtown in a tavern
And I made up my mind to go
And I knew you would be so glad to be free
I just thought to call you to let you know.

Oh, you can tell all your backdoor daddys
That your big daddy's done blew a fuse
This is the end, we're through, it's over
Yeah, I'm bringin' home some good news.

To you I been known as bad news
Well, I'm changin' my first name
And I'm givin' you your freedom baby
That old race won't kinda change.

Yeah, go to hide your lookman slippers
I won't be lookin' around for blues
This is the end, we're through, it's over
Yeah I'm bringin' home some good news.

Good news, there's some good news for you honey
I'm bringin' home some good news
I'm bringin' home some good news honey...


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Keep Me From Cryin' Today Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Pride In What I Am

Hold me and love me
And tell me that you decided to stay
At least put it off till tomorrow
And keep me from cryin' today.

Help me make ready with the heartache
Rhat's soon will be coming my way
Consider how little I'm asking of you
And keep me from cryin' today.

Keep me from cryin' today
Help me forget in your own special way
Let's save our goodbyes for tomorrow
And keep me from cryin' today.

Let's save our goodbyes for tomorrow
And keep me from cryin' today...


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Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Pride In What I Am

I just wanna look at you one more time
I'll always like to know how much I leave behind
Let this be the picture that I'll always have in mind
I just wanna look at you one more time.

If I can't do you right I'll never do you wrong
That's why I think it's best for me to move along
I won't ever be myself unless I'm free to roam
Give me one last moment here and I'll be gone.

I just wanna look at you one more time
I'll always like to know how much I leave behind
Let this be the picture that I'll always have in mind
I just wanna look at you one more time.

I just wanna look at you one more time
I'll always like to know how much I leave behind
Let this be the picture that I'll always have in mind
I just wanna look at you one more time...


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Somewhere On Skid Row Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Pride In What I Am

I'm gonna lose myself somewhere on skid row
Since I lost you I just don't seem to care
I'm gonna lose myself somewhere on Skid Row
So the wine won't let your mem'ry find me there.

Well, I've been everywhere running both day and night
With the pain of loving you right close behind
And I've tried everything and whether I'm wrong or right
There's just one way I found to ease my mind.

And I'm gonna lose myself somewhere on skid row
Since I lost you I just don't seem to care
I'm gonna lose myself somewhere on Skid Row
So the wine won't let your mem'ry find me there...


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I'm Free Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Pride In What I Am

Though I haven't got a penny to my name
I've got wealth beyond compare just the same
In my mind the greatest treasure there could be
Just to live the way I live because I'm free.

I'm not bound to anyone that takes my time
Or pleasures that will pray up on my mind
And I walk the roads and do just as I please
My life belongs to me cause I'm free.

I'm free from social ties that tend to bind me
Or to live the life that wasn't meant for me
Competing for the things that have no meaning
I'm wealthy in my mind because I'm free.

The ribbons of the land that keep me a knowing
There's always something new for me to see
A whistle in the wind then I'll be going
To live the way I live because I'm free.

Though I haven't got a penny to my name
I've got wealth beyond compare just the same
In my mind the greatest treasure there could be
Just to live the way I live because I'm free...


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California Blues Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Pride In What I Am

Well I'm goin' to California where they sleep out every night yeah
I'm goin' to California where they sleep out every night
I'm leaving you mama cause you know you don't treat me right.

Let me tell you something mama that you don't know
Let me tell you something good gal that you don't know
Well I'm a do-right papa and got home everywhere I go yeah.

I got the California blues and I'm sure gonna leave you here Lawd Lawd
I got the California blues and I'm sure gonna leave you here
I may ride the blinds I ain't got no railroad fare.

Listen to me mama while I sing this song
Listen to your daddy sing you this so lonesome song
You got me worried now but I won't be worried too long.

I got the California blues and I'm sure gonna leave you here Lawd Lawd
I got the California blues and I'm sure gonna leave you here
I may ride the blinds I ain't got no railroad fare...


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Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Pride In What I Am

I think we're livin' in the good old days
So cheer up friends and be glad
I think we're livin' in the good old days
The best anybody's ever had.

We think we're doin' now maybe day or less later
So let's live it up all the way
And let's make the life one more night to remember
Tomorrow we'll look back on today.

I think we're livin' in the good old days
So cheer up friends and be glad
I think we're livin' in the good old days
The best anybody's ever had.

Well, when I hear people talkin' bout the good old days
That's one thing I can't understand
Well while I take advantage of today and tomorrow
And let's live it up while we can.

I think we're livin' in the good old days
So cheer up friends and be glad
I think we're livin' in the good old days
The best anybody's ever had...


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California Blues Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Same Train, A Different Time

Well I'm goin' to California where they sleep out every night yeah
I'm goin' to California where they sleep out every night
I'm leaving you mama cause you know you don't treat me right.

Let me tell you something mama that you don't know
Let me tell you something good gal that you don't know
Well I'm a do-right papa and got home everywhere I go yeah.

I got the California blues and I'm sure gonna leave you here Lawd Lawd
I got the California blues and I'm sure gonna leave you here
I may ride the blinds I ain't got no railroad fare.

Listen to me mama while I sing this song
Listen to your daddy sing you this so lonesome song
You got me worried now but I won't be worried too long.

I got the California blues and I'm sure gonna leave you here Lawd Lawd
I got the California blues and I'm sure gonna leave you here
I may ride the blinds I ain't got no railroad fare...


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Narration #1 Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Same Train, A Different Time

When Jimmie Rodgers first sang California Blues he'd never been to the
golden state. He wrote and recorded the song in October 1928
He always dreamed of touring California but tuberculosis kept him from
making such a tour. Most of Jimmie's in person performances were in the
area from Texas east and it was in this area that he knew the railroads and
the railroaders and the bums that road the rods
Jimmie had a special feeling for the hobo
And he was always good for a touch by one of the knights of the road
He knew their problems and he knew them well
For Jimmie had hoboed many of the main lines himself.


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Hobo's Meditation Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Same Train, A Different Time

Tonight as I lay on a boxcar
Just waiting for train to pass by
What will become of the hobo
Whenever his time comes to die.

There's a Master up yonder in heaven
Got a place that we might call our home
Will we have to work for a livin'
Or can we continue to roam.

Will there be any freight trains in heaven
Any boxcars in which we might hide
Will there be any tough cops or brakemen
Will they tell us that we cannot ride.

Will the hobo chum with the rich man
Will we always have money to spare
Will they have respect for the hobo
In that land which lies hidden up there.

Will there be any freight trains in heaven
Any boxcars in which we might hide
Will there be any tough cops or brakemen
Will they tell us that we cannot ride.

Will the hobo chum with the rich man
Will we always have money to spare
Will they have respect for the hobo
In that land which lies hidden up there...


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Waitin' For A Train Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Same Train, A Different Time

All around the water tanks
Waiting for a train
A thousand miles away from home
Sleeping in the rain.

I walked up to a brakeman
To give him a line of talk
He said if you've got money
I'll see that you don't walk.

I haven't got a nickel
Not a penny can I show
Get off, get off, you railroad bum
And he slammed that boxcar door.

He put me off in Texas
The place I dearly love
The wide open spaces all around me
The moon and stars up above.

Nobody seemed to want me
Nor to lend me a helping hand
I'm on my way from Frisco
I'm going back to Dixie Land.

Though my pocketbook is empty
And my heart is full of pain
I'm a thousand miles away from home
Waitin' for a train.

Nobody seemed to want me
Nor to lend me a helping hand
I'm on my way from Frisco
I'm going back to Dixie Land.

Though my pocketbook is empty
And my heart is full of pain
I'm a thousand miles away from home
Waitin' for a train...


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Mother, The Queen Of My Heart Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Same Train, A Different Time

I had a home down in Texas down where the bluebonnets grew
I had the kindest old mother how happy we were just we two
Till one day the angels called her that debt we all have to pay
She'd call me close to her bedside these last few words to say.

Son don't start drinking and gambling promise you'll always go straight
Ten years have passed as we parted that promise I've broke I must say
I started gambling for past time at last I was just like them all
I bet my clothes and my money never dreaming that I'd ever fall.

One night I've bet all my money nothing was left to be seen
All that I needed to break them was one card and that was a Queen
The cards were delt round the table each man took a card on the draw
I drew the one that would beat them I turned it here's what I saw.

I saw my mother's picture somehow she seemed to say
Son you have broken your promise so I tossed the cards away
My winnings I gave to a newsboy I knew I was wrong from the start
I'll never forget that promise to the mother the Queen of my heart.

Oh le-ee oh le-ee oh le-ee...


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My Carolina Sunshine Girl Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Same Train, A Different Time

Moon, moon, I can see you sinking low
You make me think of sweetheart a little girl that I love so
After I wonder the whole night through wondering if you miss me too
Oh, why I'm about lonesome thinking of someone thinking only of you.

My carolina sunshine girl
You have turned my heart to stone
My Carolina sunshine girl
You have left me all alone.

I wonder why I sit and cry
When I really should laugh at your little old photograph
Well, you're the sweetest thing here in this world
And I love, love, love you my Carolina sunshine girl.

I wonder why I sit and cry
When I really should laugh at your little old photograph
Well, you're the sweetest thing here in this world
And I love, love, love you my Carolina sunshine girl...


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Narration #2 Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Same Train, A Different Time

Jimmie Rodgers earned the title of America's blue yodler
By composing and performing a series of 12 blue yodles
Jimmie by no means invented the yodle
But provided the yodle a unique interpretation by combining it with the blues
Jimmie made the yodle work for him
His yodle could display pain loneliness or even a happy frame of mind
Somebody said that Jimmie often inserted the yodle because he ran out of
lyric but I prefer to think that Jimmie Rodger's yodle more often
Than not displayed his real feelings better than any lyric could have...


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Train Whistle Blues Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Same Train, A Different Time

When a woman gets the blues she hangs her little head and cries
When a woman gets the blues she hangs her little head and cries
But when a man gets blues he grabs him a train and rides.

I can't understand how come you do me like you do
I can't understand how come you do me like you do do do do do
Well if you don't want me woman so since I don't want you.

Looky yonder coming, coming down the railroad track
Looky yonder coming, coming down the railroad track
And see the black smoke rolling rolling from that old smoke stack.

De yodel le-ee ai-de yodel e-ee.

Hey, hey, hey

I feel so bad the whole round world looks blue
I feel so bad that the whole round world looks blue
I ain't got no money I don't know what to do.

Looky yonder coming, coming down the railroad track
Looky yonder coming, coming down the railroad track
And see the black smoke rolling rolling from that old smoke stack.

De yodel le-ee ai-de yodel e-ee...


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Why Should I Be Lonely Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Same Train, A Different Time

Oh, the moon lights so bright makes me lonely tonight
Everything seems to make me feel blue here
I'm down hearted now I'm lonesome somehow
'Cause you are proving untrue.

But why should I be so lonely
Why should I be so sad
Though another is taking from me
The best pal that I ever had.

She's taking the sunshine with her
And leaving the clouds for me
But why should I be so lonesome
When there's nobody lonesome for me.

The violets so blue are calling for you
The roses so sweet make me lonely
They bring to my mind a sweet happy time
When your love was only for me.

But why should I be so lonely
Why should I be so sad
Though another is taking from me
The best pal that I ever had.

She's taking the sunshine with her
And leaving the clouds for me
But why should I be so lonesome
When there's nobody lonesome for me...


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Jimmie's Texas Blues Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Same Train, A Different Time

The way I been treated sometime I wish I were dead
The way I been treated sometime I wish I were dead
Cause I ain't got no place to lay my weary head.

When I want you woman I always find you gone
Everytime I want you I always find you gone Lord you've gone all time honey
Listen here good mama I'm gonna put your headbreaks on.

Yeah, some like Chicago some love old Memphis Tennessee
Yeah, some like Chicago some love old Memphis Tennessee
And give me sweet Dallas Texas where the women think a world of me
Now here's the dobro.

You may have your troubles I'm having my troubles too
You may have your troubles I'm having my troubles too
Yes I know how it feels when you're feeling so doggone blue.

I'm not singing the blues I'm telling you the hard luck I've had Lord I've had it
I'm not singing the blues I'm telling you the hard luck I've had
Cause the blues ain't nothing but a good man feeling bad.

De yodel le-ee ai-ee yodel e-ee...


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Blue Yodel #6 Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Same Train, A Different Time

One of these mornings I'm sure gonna leave this town
One of these mornings I'm sure gonna leave this town
'Cause a triflin' woman sure keeps a good man down.

Yes, she left me this morning midnight was turning day
She left me this morning midnight was turning day
I didn't have no blues till my good gal went away.

I got the blues like midnight moon shining bright as day
I got the blues like midnight moon shining bright as day
I wish a tornado would blow my blues away.

Here come them dobro.

It's like in 1930.

When a man is down and out a woman don't want him round
Hey, when a man is down and out a woman don't want him round
But when a man's got money he's the sweetest guy in town.

A woman will follow you right to the jailhouse door
Hey, a woman will follow you right to the jailhouse door
Then she'll laugh and tell you that you can't fuss and fight no more.

I got the blues like midnight moon shining bright as day Lord Lord
I got the blues like midnight moon shining bright as day
I wish a tornado would blow my blues away.

Yodel le-ee yodel le-ee e-ee e-ee...


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Narration #3 Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Same Train, A Different Time

Jimmie Rodgers had a great affection for the railroads and the men who
ran them and during the years he worked on the roads He spent most of
the time with the New Orleans and Northeastern lines which ran between
his home town of Meridian Mississippi and New Orleans.
And Jimmie became able to talk in the language of the railroaders
Like such expressions as hog-head and hot-box quil ball in the jack skinner
always filled his conversation and he wrote songs about these men and
their language.
The mule skinner was usually a man with a mule who hired himself
And his mule out by the day to do whatever had to be done
He might drag ties and rails or he might just move freshly cut timber from
the right of way the mule skinner was the subject of one of Jimmie
Rodgers's most popular blue yodles...


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Mule Skinner Blues Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Same Train, A Different Time

Good mornin' Captain good mornin' son
Do you need another mule skinner out on your new wood line
De yodel ei-ee-hee oh le-ee le-ee oh le-ee.

I like to work I'm rollin' all the time
I can carve my initials on your mule's behind
De yodel ei-ee-hee oh le-ee le-ee oh le-ee.

Here comes James Burton on the accustical guitar.

Oh pick it.

Hey, hey, little water boy hey bring your water round
If you don't like your job then set your bucket down
De yodel ei-ee-hee oh le-ee le-ee oh le-ee.

Here's Roy Nichols on the harmonica.

I'm going to town honey what you want me to bring you back
How about a pint of booze and a Johny B Stetson hat
De yodel ei-ee-hee oh le-ee le-ee oh le-ee.

Here's Norman Hamlet.

Hey, I smell your bread a burnin' woman turn your damper down
If you ain't got a damper good gal turn your bread around
Around I said around
De yodel ei-ee-hee oh le-ee le-ee oh le-ee...


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Peach Picking Time In Georgia Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Same Train, A Different Time

When it's peach picking time in Georgia apple picking time in Tennessee
Cotton picking time in Mississippi everybody picks on me
And when it's roundup time in Texas the cowboys make whoopee
And way on down in Alabama it's gal picking time to me
Yodel le-ee oh le-ee oh de oh le-ee.

There's a bluegrass down in Kentucky Virginia's where they do the swing
And Carolina now I'm coming to you to spend the spring
Arkansas I hear you calling I know I'll see you soon
And there's where we'll do a little picking underneath the Ozark moon
Yodel le-ee oh le-ee oh de oh le-ee.

When all the pickers picking cotton that's when I pick a wedding ring
We'll go downtown and buy wedding gown for the wedding in the spring
I hope the preacher knows his business I know he can't fool me
When it's peach picking time in Georgia it's gal picking time to me
Yodel le-ee oh le-ee oh de oh le-ee...


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Down The Old Road Home Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Same Train, A Different Time

Dear I'm thinking of you while here all alone
I'm wishing and longing for you and for home
And I'd give this old world if I could only say
I'm climbing that hill headed that way.

With a troubled mind and a heart filled with pain
I've searched the old world for fortune and fame
But I'm longing to be with you once again
So we could stroll down old mem'ry lane.

There's a little red house on the top of the hill
Not very far from an old sirup mill
For I'm lonesome and blue for some place to roam
And I wish it could be down the old road to home...


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Travelin' Blues Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Same Train, A Different Time

I had a dream last night I thought my good gal had gone
Well, I woke up this morning she really had done me wrong
Well, I know it's not fair but my good gal has done caught air.

Well, I'm goin' away leavin' today, I'm gonna bring my baby back
If that eight wheel driver don't jump the railroad track
I'll take her from that man I'm gonna bring her home if I can.

My gal's been triflin' round about a week I know
Well, several of my friends done told me so and so
She's been triflin' round but now she has turned him down.

I'm goin' away leavin' today, I'm gonna bring my baby back
If that eight wheel driver don't jump the railroad track
I'll take her from that man I'm gonna bring her home if I can.

Now pickin' blues one time.

It's true my baby's gone I know it won't be long
We'll both be on that train my baby's coming home again
She's found a new man but now she can't understand.

That I'm goin' away leavin' today, I'm gonna bring my baby back
If that eight wheel driver don't jump the railroad track
I'll take her from that man I'm gonna bring her home if I can.

Here we go yodel one time...


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Miss The Mississippi And You Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Same Train, A Different Time

I'm growing tired of the big city lights
Tired of the glamor and tired of the sights
In all my dreams I am roaming once more
Back to my home on the old river shore.

I am sad and weary far away from home
Miss the Mississippi and you you
Days are dark and dreary everywhere I roam
Miss the Mississippi and you.

Rolling the wide world over
Always alone and blue so blue
Nothing seems to cheer me under heaven's dome
Miss the Mississippi and you.

Ou de le-ee ou de le-ee de ou le-ee ou de le-ee
Ou le-ee ou de le-ee ou de le-ee.

Memories are bringing happy days of your
Miss the mississippi and you you
Mockingbirds're singing round the cabin door
Miss the Mississippi and you.

Rolling the wide world over
Always alone and blue blue
Longing for my homeland muddy water shore
Miss the Mississippi and you.

Ou de le-ee ou de le-ee de ou le-ee ou de le-ee
Mississippi and you...


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Frankie And Johnny Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Same Train, A Different Time

Frankie and Johnny were sweethearts oh Lordy how they could love
Swore to be true to each other true as the stars above
He was her man but he was doin' her wrong.

Frankie went down to the corner just for a bucket of beer
She said oh Mr Bartender has my lovin' Johnny been here
He is my man he wadn't doin' me wrong.

Hey I don't want cause you no trouble ain't gonna tell you no lies
I saw your lover an hour ago with a gal named Nellie Blie
He was your man but he has done you wrong.

Here come now.

Hey Frankie looked over in transom and she saw to her susrprice
There on the cab sat Johnny makin' love to Nellie Blie
He is my man but he's doin' me wrong.

Frankie drew back to comoda she took out her old 44
And rutty toooo tooo three times throughout that hardwood door
She shot her man cause he was doin' her wrong.

Here comes one more time.

Hey bring out the rubber tied hearses and bring out the rubber tied hatch
She'd taken her man through the graveyard and she ain't a gonna bring
him back
Lord he was her man and he was doin' her wrong.

Bring out a thousand policemen bring 'em around today
And locked her down in the dungeon and threw that key away
She shot her may cause he was doin' her wrong.

Hey Frankie said to the warden what are you going to do
And the warden said to Frankie it's a electric chair for you
You shot your man cause he was doin' you wrong.

Hey this story has no moral this story has no end
The only thing this story goes to show is a ain't no good in man
He was her man and he was doin' her wong...


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No Hard Times Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Same Train, A Different Time

I got a barrel of flour Lord I got a bucket of lard
I got a barrel of flour Lord I got a bucket of lard
I ain't got no blues got chickens in my backyard.

Got corn in my crib cotton growin' in my patch
I got corn in my crib cotton growin' in my patch
I got that old hen a sittin' waitin' for that old hen to hatch
Yodel lyee-oh hard time blues.

I'm gonna hitch up my mule and take a holt of my line
I'm gonna hitch up my mule and take a holt of my line
I can't be bothered with all those old hard times.

Oh, go ahead and pick one now.

I'm gonna build me a shanty Lord I'm gonna settle down
I'm gonna build me a shanty Lord I'm gonna settle down
Get me a corn fed mama and Lordy quit a runnin round.

Here he comes.

I can make more money with my pick and plow
I can make more money with my pick and plow
With my one-eyed mule and my good ole Jersey cow.

Yodel lyee-oh hard time blues...


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Narration #4 Lyrics

Artist : MERLE HAGGARD
Album : Same Train, A Different Time

The hobo is a reocurring subject in the Jimmie Rodgers songs
Hoboing was an accepted form of travel for the migrant worker
Or for the unemployed who simply wanted a change of weather
And during the period of Jimmie's greatest popularity
You could set your watch by the highbawl of any train
Hoboing was an inexpensive almost sure way of getting from one place to
another and during the peak of the depression it was not unusual to see
Oh half a hundred bo's jump from a train just as it came into the outskirts
of a city. They'd jump off a soon as they could so as to ditch the trainbulls
of the oncoming yard. But many quite respectable men find it convenient to
hop trains also and many of them died identified only as a railroad bum
And I would imagine that hobo Bill was one of them...


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