I Started Loving You Again Lyrics

Artist : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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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Artist : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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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Artist : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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 : HAGGARD, MERLE
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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Hobo Bill's Last Ride Lyrics

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

Riding on the eastbound freight train speeding through the night
Hobo Bill the railroad bum was fighting for his life
And the sadness of his eyes revealed the torture of his soul
He raised a weak and weary hand to brush away the coal.

No warm lights flickered round him no blankets there to hold
Nothing but the howling wind the driving rain so cold
When he heard a whistle blowing in a dreamy kind of way
The hobo seemed contented for he smile there where he lay.
Hey ho-bo Bill.

Outside the rain was falling on the lonely boxcar door
But the little form of Hobo Bill lay dead upon the floor
While the train sped through the darkness with the raging storm outside
No one knew that Hobo Bill was taking his last ride
Hey ho-bo Bill...


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My Old Pal Lyrics

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

I'm thinking of you tonight old pal
And wishing that you were here
I'm dreaming of the time and the days gone by
When you filled my heart with cheer.

I remember the nights when all alone
We sang Sweet Adoline
No other face can take your place
In my heart old pal of mine.

Now the old pals are always the best you see
New friends you can find every day
But they can't fill their places or ever be
Like the old pals of yesterday.

I'm wondering just where you are tonight
And if you ever think of me
It would make my weary heart so light sweetheart
Your face again to see.

I remember the nights when all alone
We sang Sweet Adoline
No other face can take your place
In my heart old pal of mine.

Now the old pals are always the best you see
New friends you can find every day
But they can't fill their places or ever be
Like the old pals of yesterday...


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Nobody Knows But Me Lyrics

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

Nobody knows about the jailhouse blues till you get within four walls
The jailerman turns that big black key that's when your spirit falls
You drag yourself up to the bars and while you gaze out at the stars
This is what you'll say.

Hey why did I stray from the rightous path, nobody knows but me
There on the outside you all can laugh but I don't need your sympathy
For after I've paid for the liquor I've stole
I'll leave this place worth my weight in gold
So why did I stray from the rightous path nobody knows but me.

When you realize that you're all alone seated in a two-by-four
That little cell is just a taste of hell if you ain't been there before
Well you're locked up tight but they treat you fair
You get everything that you need in there
That's just why you'll say.

Well, why did I stray from the rightous path, nobody knows but me
There on the outside you all can laugh but I don't need your sympathy
For after I've paid for the liquor I've stole
I'll leave this place worth my weight in gold
So why did I stray from the rightous path nobody knows but me.

Nobody knows but me...


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Narration #5 Lyrics

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

Jimmie Rodgers knew when the time was near
But he still had a lotta songs he wanted to record
So he made arrangements to go from his home in Texas to Galveston and
then on farther by boat. And he left the boat someplace on the east coast
and continued on to New York by train. But by the time he arrived in New
York City he was so weakend by tuberculosis. It was necessary for him to
have a cot in the recording studio so that he might rest in between songs.
Amazingly his voice tho weak never broke while recording his last twelve
numbers Jimmie Rodgers used his last bit of strength for recording
He died in a hotel in New York City on the night of May 26, 1933
His railroad buddies paid Jimmie Rodgers his last homage
The engineer of the train upon which his body was placed pulled his quill
down to a sad low moan and this sound was maintained all the way to
Mississippi. His fans gathered at small whistle stops all along the route all
the way to Meridian. Jimmie Rodgers rests today in Meridian Mississippi
In the shadow of the great locomotive he loved and sang of so well...
The blue yodler has been gone almost 40 years
But he left us one of the greatest legacies in country music


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The Women Make A Fool Out Of Me Lyrics

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

I love the women I love 'em all the same
I love the women I love 'em all the same
But I don't love nobody well enough to change her name
The women make a fool out of me.

Hey my papa scolded me my mama she sat and cried
Yeah oh my papa scolded me my mama she sat and cried
I got too many women for any little boy my size
Yeah the women make a fool out of me.

When I'm in the parlor the girls think it's a treat
Yeah when I'm in the parlor the girls think it's a treat
Cause even in the winter time they turn off the heat hey
Women make a fool out of me.

Yeah I love the women Lord I love 'em all the same
I love the women I love 'em all the same
But I don't love nobody well enough to change her name
Here we go
The women make a fool out of me...


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Workin' Man Blues Lyrics

Artist : HAGGARD, MERLE
Album : A Portrait Of Merle Haggard

It's a big job just gettin' by with nine kids and a wife
I been a workin' man dang near all my life
I'll be working long as my two hands are fit to use
I'll drink my beer in a tavern,
Sing a little bit of these working man blues

I keep my nose on the grindstone, I work hard every day
Might get a little tired on the weekend, after I draw my pay
But I'll go back workin, come Monday morning I'm right back with the crew
I'll drink a little beer that evening,
Sing a little bit of these working man blues

Hey hey, the working man, the working man like me
I ain't never been on welfare, that's one place I won't be
Cause I'll be working long as my two hands are fit to use
I drink a little beer in a tavern
Sing a little bit of these working man blues

Sometimes I think about leaving, do a little bummin around
I wanna throw my bills out the window catch a train to another town
But I go back working I gotta buy my kids a brand new pair of shoes
Yeah drink a little beer in a tavern,
Cry a little bit of these working man blues

Hey hey, the working man, the working man like me
I ain't never been on welfare, that's one place I won't be
Cause I'll be working long as my two hands are fit to use
I drink a little beer in a tavern
Sing a little bit of these working man blues
Yeah drink a little beer in a tavern,
Cry a little bit of these working man blues


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What's Wrong With Stayin' Home Lyrics

Artist : HAGGARD, MERLE
Album : A Portrait Of Merle Haggard

The boys are wantin' me to go out drinking
They want me to leave my Julie home
I know Julie don't mind my drinking
But Julie don't like to be left here at home.

So what's wrong with stayin' home with Julie
Julie's always been good to me
What's wrong with stayin' home with Julie
Julie's always stayed at home with me.

I know she may be a bit old fashion
She don't wear all those fancy clothes
But at least they don't say bad things about her
And I'm proud of her everywhere we go.

So what's wrong with stayin' home with Julie
Julie's always been good to me
What's wrong with stayin' home with Julie
Julie's always stayed at home with me...


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Silver Wings Lyrics

Artist : HAGGARD, MERLE
Album : A Portrait Of Merle Haggard

Silver wings shining in the sunlight
Roaring engines headed somewhere in flight
They're taking you away, leaving me lonely
Silver wings slowly fading out of sight

"Don't leave me," I cry
Don't take that airplane ride
But you locked me out of your mind
Left me standing here behind

Silver wings shining in the sunlight
Roaring engines headed somewhere in flight
They're taking you away, leaving me lonely
Silver wings slowly fading out of sight

Silver wings shining in the sunlight
Roaring engines headed somewhere in flight
They're taking you away, leaving me lonely
Silver wings slowly fading out of sight
Slowly fading out of sight


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Who Do I Know In Dallas Lyrics

Artist : HAGGARD, MERLE
Album : A Portrait Of Merle Haggard

Who do I know in Dallas
Who can I call on the phone
Who do I know in Dallas
Who'll make me forget she's gone.

I can's spend the night without someone
The loneliness will drive me insane
Who do I know in Dallas
Who'll make me glad I came.

It was Shirley consoled me in Phoenix
And Jeannie in old San Antone
But who do I know in Dallas
Who'll help me forget she's gone.

Oh, who do I know in Dallas
Who can I call on the phone
Who do I know in Dallas
Who'll make me forget she's gone...


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She Thinks I Still Care Lyrics

Artist : HAGGARD, MERLE
Album : A Portrait Of Merle Haggard

Just because I ask a friend about her
Just because I spoke her name somewhere
Just because I rang her number by mistake today
She thinks I still care.

Just because I haunt the same old places
Where the mem'ry of her lingers ev'rywhere
Just because I'm not the happy guy I used to be
She thinks I still care.

But if she's happy thinkin' I still need her
Then let that silly notion bring her cheer
But how could she ever be so foolish
Oh where would she get such an idea.

Just because I ask a friend about her
And just because I spoke her name somewhere
Just because I saw her then went all to pieces
She thinks I still care.

She thinks I still care...


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Hungry Eyes Lyrics

Artist : HAGGARD, MERLE
Album : A Portrait Of Merle Haggard

A canvas covered cabin in a crowded labour camp
Stand out in this memory I revived;
Cause my daddy raised a family there, with two hard working hands
And tried to feed my mama's hungry eyes.

He dreamed of something better, and my mama's faith was strong
And us kids were just too young to realize
That another class of people put us somewhere just below;
One more reason for my mama's hungry eyes.

Mama never had the luxuries she wanted
But it wasn't cause my daddy didn't try.
She only wanted things she really needed;
One more reason for my mama's hungry eyes.

I remember daddy praying for a better way of life
But I don't recall a change of any size;
Just a little loss of courage, as their age began to show
And more sadness in my mama's hungry eyes.

Mama never had the luxuries she wanted
But it wasn't cause my daddy didn't try.
She only wanted things she really needed;
One more reason for my mama's hungry eyes.

Oh, I still recall my mama's hungry eyes.


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I Die Ten Thousand Times A Day Lyrics

Artist : HAGGARD, MERLE
Album : A Portrait Of Merle Haggard

I come home and I sat down by the door
I just sat and dream my lonely life away
I just can't stand a thought that I won't see you anymore
I guess I die ten thousand times a day.

If that soulful life comes to its end
I ceased to live the night you went away
If you walk through that door then I'll start to live again
I guess I die ten thousand times a day.

I pick up each thing you used to touch
I call to mine each tender word you say
If I've hurt you it's just because I love you much too much
I guess I die ten thousand times a day...


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Every Fool Has A Rainbow Lyrics

Artist : HAGGARD, MERLE
Album : A Portrait Of Merle Haggard

Every fool has rainbow
But he never seems to find
The reward that should be waiting
At the end of the line.

But he'll give up a bed of roses for
A life filled with thorns
And go chasing after rainbows
Everytime the dream is born.

And every fool has a rainbow
That only he can see
Every fool has a rainbow
And the rule replies to me.

And every fool has a rainbow
That only he can see
Every fool has a rainbow
And the rule replies to me...


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I Came So Close To Losing My Home Lyrics

Artist : HAGGARD, MERLE
Album : A Portrait Of Merle Haggard

I came close so close to failure
I came close to living alone
I know the kids still love me and their mama
But I came so close to losing my home.

I felt small enough to drown in each teardrop
But big enough to admit I was wrong
When I think of what I've done the cheer runs through me
'Cause I came so close to losing my home.

I felt small enough to drown in each teardrop
But big enough to admit I was wrong
When I think of what I've done the cheer runs through me
'Cause I came so close to losing my home.

I came so close to losing my home...


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Montego Bay Lyrics

Artist : HAGGARD, MERLE
Album : A Portrait Of Merle Haggard

I showed her most of Tennessee that's all I could afford
I even thought of stealing so I could show her more
But she never did seem happy and I often heard her say
Hey, I like it here but I love Montego Bay.

Oh, I should have gone with her at least I wouldn't know
What about Montego Bay that makes it pull so strong
All I've got's old mem'ries of the way she used to say
Hey, I like it here but I love Montego Bay.

Why couldn't I convince her, why couldn't I make her see
There's no way Montego Bay needs her more than me
When she left she seemed so happy I can still hear her say
Hey, I like it here but I love Montego Bay.

Why couldn't I convince her, why couldn't I make her see
There's no way Montego Bay needs her more than me
When she left she seemed so happy I can still hear her say
Hey, I like it here but I love Montego Bay...


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Brown Skinned Gal Lyrics

Artist : HAGGARD, MERLE
Album : A Tribute To The Best Damn Fiddle Player In The World (Or, My Salute To Bob Wills)

About the time the late and great Jimmie Rodgers career came to an end
Another young fella by the name of Bob Wills
Was makin' preparations to become a legend in his own time
Somewhere round about 1934
He formed the group called the Texas Playboys
With the help of these original musicians
On this album we're gonna turn back the pages of time
And recapture some of the great sounds of legendary Bob Wills and his
Texas Playboys


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Right Or Wrong Lyrics

Artist : HAGGARD, MERLE
Album : A Tribute To The Best Damn Fiddle Player In The World (Or, My Salute To Bob Wills)

Right or wrong I'll always love you
Though your're gone I can't forget
Right or wrong I'll keep on dreaming
Still I wake with the same old regret.

All along I knew I'd lose you
Though I prayed that you'd be true
In your heart please just remember
Right or wrong, I'm still in love with you.

All along I knew I'd lose you
Though I prayed that you'd be true
In your heart please just remember
Right or wrong, I'm still in love with you...


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Brain Cloudy Blues Lyrics

Artist : HAGGARD, MERLE
Album : A Tribute To The Best Damn Fiddle Player In The World (Or, My Salute To Bob Wills)

My brain is cloudy my soul is upside down
Lord my brain is cloudy my soul is upside down
When I get the slow down feelin' I know the blues must be someplace around
Well you gotta treat me right honey day by day.

Get out your little prayer book get upon your knees and pray
You're gonna need you're gonna need my love someday
And you're goin' to be sorry oh you treated me this way.

Well good evenin' don't that sun look good goin' down
I said well good evenin' don't that sun look good goin' down
And don't your home look lonesome when your lover ain't no place around
Well I tried everything baby to get along with you
Now I'm gonna tell you what I'm gonna do.

I'm gonna stop my cryin' and leave you alone
You don't believe I need it you can't count the tears I'm gone
Cause you're gonna need you're gonna need my love someday
And Lord you're goin' to be sorry oh you treated me this way...


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Stay A Little Longer Lyrics

Artist : HAGGARD, MERLE
Album : A Tribute To The Best Damn Fiddle Player In The World (Or, My Salute To Bob Wills)

[Spoken:]
Biffy on the drums and Dennis, you on the bass
When I count this off, ya'll give me a little Texas
Playboy type rhythm, okay
One, two, three four.

[Spoken]
Gather round friends, why hurry
Let's all stay a little longer.

[Sang:]
You oughta see my blue eyed Sally
She live way down on Shinbone Alley
The number on the gate, the number on the door
The next house over is the grocery store.

Stay all night, stay a little longer
Dance all night, dance a little longer
Pull off your coat, throw it in the corner
Don't see why ya don't stay a little longer.

[Spoken:]
Georgie French on the piano
Good mornin' Joe

Can't go home if you're goin' by the mill
'Cause the bridge washed out at the bottom of the hill
The big creek's up and the little creek's level
I plow my corn with a doubled shovel.

Stay all night, stay a little longer
Dance all night, dance a little longer
Pull off your coat, throw it in the corner
Don't see why ya don't stay a little longer.

[Spoken:]
That's Tiny Roy
Hey

Sittin, in the window singin' to my love
Slop bucket fell from the window up above
Mule and grasshopper eatin' ice cream
The mule got sick so they laid him on the green.

Stay all night, stay a little longer
Dance all night, dance a little longer
Pull off your coat, throw it in the corner
Don't see why ya don't stay a little longer.

Grab your gal and pat her on the head
If she don't like biscuits feed her corn bread
girls on cripple creek, bout half grown
They jump on a man like a dog on a bone.

Stay all night, stay a little longer
Dance all night, dance a little longer
Pull off your coat, throw it in the corner
Don't see why ya don't stay a little longer.

Stay all night, stay a little longer
Dance all night, dance a little longer
Pull off your coat, throw it in the corner
Don't see why ya don't stay a little longer...


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Misery Lyrics

Artist : HAGGARD, MERLE
Album : A Tribute To The Best Damn Fiddle Player In The World (Or, My Salute To Bob Wills)

(Johnny take your banjo there I'm gonna try to do Tommy Duncan's part
And Eldon and Tiny and Roy you can make a whole thing called Misery
Two three four.)

Went to bed last night wasn't sleeping
Wondering what's happening to me
You took my heart and left me lonely
Now I've got nothing left but misery.

Wondering if you have found another
Love brings no consolation to my heart
Some of these days you'll be sorry
That you fill my heart with misery.

Some of these days you'll be sorry
That you fill my heart with misery misery...


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Time Changes Everything Lyrics

Artist : HAGGARD, MERLE
Album : A Tribute To The Best Damn Fiddle Player In The World (Or, My Salute To Bob Wills)

There was a time when I thought of no other
And we sang our own love's refrain
Our hearts beat as one and we had our fun
But time changes everything.

When you left me my poor heart was broken
Our romance it seemed all in vain
The dark coulds're gone and there's blue skies again
Cause time changes everything.

Time has passed I've forgot you
Mother nature does wonderful things
I guess that it's true for me and for you
Cause time changes everything.

You change the name of an old song
Rearrange it and make it a swing
I thought nothing could stop me from loving you
But time changes everything.

Goodluck to you may God bless you
I can't say I won't love again
But you go your way and now I'll go mine
Cause time changes everything...


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San Antonio Rose Lyrics

Artist : HAGGARD, MERLE
Album : A Tribute To The Best Damn Fiddle Player In The World (Or, My Salute To Bob Wills)

Deep within my heart lies
A melody, a song of old San Antone
Where in dreams I lived with a memory
Beneath the stars all alone

It was there I found beside the Alamo
Enchantment strange as the blue up above
A moonlit pass that only she would know
Still hears my broken song of love

Moon and all your splendor know
Only my heart call back my Rose, Rose of San Antone
Lips so sweet and tender like petals
Falling apart speak once again of my love my own

Oh, broken song empty words
I know still live in my heart all alone
For that moonlit pass by the Alamo
And Rose my Rose of San Antone


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I Knew The Moment I Lost You Lyrics

Artist : HAGGARD, MERLE
Album : A Tribute To The Best Damn Fiddle Player In The World (Or, My Salute To Bob Wills)

A man may have his trials and tribulations
And at times he feels so low and so blue
But from now on I will be entirely different
And I knew the moment I lost you.

Well to all my worries and my disappointments
There is still a little light shining through
Still within my heart I know there is another
And I knew the moment I lost you.

There is nothing we can do to get along
Now that's been proved unto me and to you
So why not let's be fair to each other
For I knew the moment I lost you.

If there's something I have done you've not forgiven
Just remember that I'm human same as you
Why not let's consider our mistakes dear
For I knew the moment I lost you...


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Roly Poly Lyrics

Artist : HAGGARD, MERLE
Album : A Tribute To The Best Damn Fiddle Player In The World (Or, My Salute To Bob Wills)

Hey Roly Poly eatin' corn and taters
Hungry every minute of the day
Roly Poly knowin' all the biscuits
Long as he can chew it it's okay.

He can eat an apple pie and never even bat an eye
He likes everything from a soup to hay
Roly Poly daddy's little fatty
And he's gonna be a man someday.

Roly Poly scrambled eggs for breakfast bread
And jelly twenty times a day
Roly Poly eats a hard day dinner
It takes lots of strenght to run and play.

Bowls up weeds and does the chores
Run both ways to Holday's stores
He wears up that apetite that way
Roly Poly daddy's little fatty
But he's gonna be a man someday...


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Old Fashioned Love Lyrics

Artist : HAGGARD, MERLE
Album : A Tribute To The Best Damn Fiddle Player In The World (Or, My Salute To Bob Wills)

Got that old fashioned love in my heart
And there it will always remain
Like an ivy clinging vine clinging closer all the time
Through these years and these tears just the same.

Got that old fashioned fate in my heart
And nothing can tear us apart
Dry land may turn to sea but there'll be no change in me
Got that old fashioned love in my heart.

Got that old fashioned love in my heart
And there it will always remain
Like an ivy clinging vine clinging closer all the time
Through these years and these tears just the same...


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Corrine, Corrina Lyrics

Artist : HAGGARD, MERLE
Album : A Tribute To The Best Damn Fiddle Player In The World (Or, My Salute To Bob Wills)

I love Corrina tell the world I do
I love Corrina tell the world I do
Just a little more lovin' makes your heart beat true.

Corrine Corrina where you've been so long
Corrine Corrina where you've been so long
Ain't had no lovin' since you been gone.

Corrine Corrina where you stayed last night
Corrine Corrina where you stayed last night
Came home this morning sun was shinin' bright.

Goodbye Corrina this is fare thee well
Goodbye Corrina this is fare thee well
When I get back babe Lord you never can tell...


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Take Me Back To Tulsa Lyrics

Artist : HAGGARD, MERLE
Album : A Tribute To The Best Damn Fiddle Player In The World (Or, My Salute To Bob Wills)

Where's that gal with red dress on
Some folks called her Dinah
Stole my heart away from me
Way down in Louisiana.

Take me back to Tulsa
I'm too young to marry
Take me back to Tulsa
I'm too young to marry.

Little bee sucks the blossom
Big bee makes the honey
Poor man raise the cotton
Rich man makes the money.

Take me back to Tulsa
I'm too young to marry
Take me back to Tulsa
I'm too young to marry.

Walk and talk to Suzy
Walk and talk to Suzy
Walk and talk to Suzy
Walk and talk to Suzy

Take me back to Tulsa
I'm too young to marry
Take me back to Tulsa
I'm too young to marry.

We always wear a great big smile
We never do look sour
Travel all over the country
Playing by the hour.

Take me back to Tulsa
I'm too young to marry
Take me back to Tulsa
I'm too young to marry.

Take me back to Tulsa
I'm too young to marry
Take me back to Tulsa
I'm too young to marry...


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Soldier's Last Letter Lyrics

Artist : HAGGARD, MERLE
Album : Hag

I'm writing this down in a trench mon
Don't scold if it isn't so neat
The way that you did, when I was a kid
When I'd come home with mud on my feet

The captain just gave us our orders
And mom we must carry them through
I'll finish this letter the first chance I get
But for now I'll just say I love you

Then the mothers old hands began to tremble
And she fought back the tears in her eyes
But they came unashamed,for there was no blame
And she knew that her soldier had died

Then the mother knelt down by her bedside
And she prayed Lord above hear my plea
Please protect all the boys who are fighting tonight


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Shelly's Winter Love Lyrics

Artist : HAGGARD, MERLE
Album : Hag

I know I'm only Shelly's winter love
She only seems to need me now and then
I know I'm only Shelly's winter love
But she's mine alone till springtime comes again

When springtime comes I know that she'll be leavin'
When those friends of her's start callin' her uptown
So I live and wait for Shelly's winter season
When her troubled moments bring her back around

I know I'm only Shelly's winter love
She only seems to need me now and then
I know I'm only Shelly's winter love
But she's mine alone till springtime comes again

When Shelly's painted world turns cold and stormy
It's then she finds the need to come around
To these arms of mine she knows are always waiting
But she'll leave when love has thawed the winter ground

I know I'm only Shelly's winter love
She only seems to need me now and then
I know I'm only Shelly's winter love
But she's mine alone till springtime comes again


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Jesus, Take A Hold Lyrics

Artist : HAGGARD, MERLE
Album : Hag

Like the ancient Roman Empire this world is doomed to fall
And it's much too big a thing for mortal man
Just take a look around and see the writing on the wall
Somehow we've got to find a helping hand

This world has never been in the awful shape it's in
And people scorn the things our leaders do
It's time a prayer was spoken from the hearts of every man

Jesus take a hold and lead us through

The mighty roar of gunfire is now a local sound
And our city streets are filled with angry men
Law's now a mockery throughout our troubled land
And destruction seems to be the current trend

This world has never been in the awful shape it's in
And our leaders seem in doubt what to do
It's time a prayer was spoken from the hearts of every man
Jesus take a hold and lead us through
Jesus take a hold and lead us through


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I Can't Be Myself Lyrics

Artist : HAGGARD, MERLE
Album : Hag

It's a way of mine to say just what I'm thinking
And to do the things I really want to do
And you want to change the part of me I'm proud of
So I can't be myself when I'm with you

Oh you never liked the clothes I wear on Sunday
Just because I don't believe the way you do
But I believe the Lord knows I'm unhappy
Cause I can't be myself when I'm with you

I can't be myself and be what pleases you
And down deep inside I don't believe that you want me to
And it's not my way to take so long deciding
That I can't be myself when I'm with you


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I'm A Good Loser Lyrics

Artist : HAGGARD, MERLE
Album : Hag

Yeah I'm a good loser born to be that way this dog he never had his day
Yeah I'm a good loser so don't worry bout my pride
Me don't look back you can't see my hurt inside

There must be a sin I'm payin' for cause I felt my share of heartaches long before
This same life runs in cicles I can't say they're wrong
My lucks been running bad too long
But I'm a good loser...
[guitar]
There's no sign of changes coming soon and I may never sing another tune
Cause losin' you would probly be my biggest hurt today
But don't you let my feelin's make your way
Cause I'm a good loser...


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Sidewalks Of Chicago Lyrics

Artist : HAGGARD, MERLE
Album : Hag

The Levis that I'm wearin' have beeen good to me
They just won't admit they're growin' old
Though my shirt's made contact with the gutter, now and then
At least it keeps my body from the cold

Thank God, folks back home in Harland County
Can't see what success has done to me
Would you believe the kids in Harland High School
Voted me most likely to succeed

Now I'm walkin' on the sidewalks of Chicago
If I buy the bread I can't afford the wine
Now I'm walkin' on the sidewalks of Chicago
Wishin' I had lived some other time

I wasn't here too long before I met her
And then later she really swept me off my feet
And she stayed just long enough to make me love her
And now they're sweepin' me up off the street

My mama thinks I've really hit the big time
She's written ever day since I've been gone
But she doesn't know that 109 West Charolette
Is the address of the West Side Mission Home

Now I'm walkin' on the sidewalks of Chicago
If I buy the bread I can't afford the wine
Now I'm walkin' on the sidewalks of Chicago
Wishin' I had lived some other time


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No Reason To Quit Lyrics

Artist : HAGGARD, MERLE
Album : Hag

There's a circle of people where I'm no longer welcome
I'm ashamed to say that I'm no longer fit
I could sober up tomorrow and face my friends again
But I've got no reason to quit
No I've got no reason for living right and there's no other way to forget
I could sober up tomorrow and face my friends again
But I've got no reason to quit
[guitar - mandolin]
I've got no reason for living right and there's no other way to forget
I know down deep inside me I'm man enough to change
But I've got no reason to quit


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Artist : HAGGARD, MERLE
Album : Hag

If you've got time to say goodbye
Have mercy on a guy that's gonna miss you
I know you're in a hurry
But consider all the hurt I'm going through

Let me brace my heart so I can face the part
That I've been dreading for so long

If you've got time to say goodbye
Then I promise I won't cry till you're gone

I know a man should never show his feelings
And I should pretend I'm glad you're leaving

If you've got time to say goodbye
Have mercy on a guy that's gonna miss you
I know you're in a hurry
But consider all the hurt I'm going through

Let me brace my heart so I can face the part
That I've been dreading for so long

If you've got time to say goodbye
Then I promise I won't cry till you're gone


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The Farmer's Daughter Lyrics

Artist : HAGGARD, MERLE
Album : Hag

Tonight there'll be candlelight and roses
In this little country chapel that's almost falling down
There'll be tears in this old farmer's eyes this evening
When I give my one possession to that city boy from town

His hair is a little longer than we're use to
But, I guess I should find something good to say
About this man who's won the farmer's daughter
And will soon become my son-in-law today

Mama left eight years ago December
And it was hard to be a Dad and Mama too
But, somehow we made home of this old farmhouse
And love was all my baby ever knew

He could be the richest man in seven counties
And not be good enough to take her hand
But, he says he really loves the farmer's daughter
And I know the farmer's daughter loves the man


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I've Done It All Lyrics

Artist : HAGGARD, MERLE
Album : Hag

Did you ever steal a quarter when you was 10 years old?
Ever wear a brogan with a hole in the sole?
Did you ever ride a freight train while runnin' from the law?
I've done it all, lawd lawd, I've done it all.

Did you ever spend a winter in a dirty jail?
Did you ever buy a topcoat at a rummage sale?
Did you ever spend a Christmas inside detention hall?
I've done it all, lawd lawd, I've done it all.

Well, I've picked my share of cotton, boys
and I've drove one railroad spike.
And I've been everywhere I talk about
and I can tell you what its like.

I've even been to 'Frisco wearin' reg'lar clothes
With them modern hippie folks starin' down their nose.
I can proudly say I've answered my patriotic call
I've done it all, lawd lawd, I've done it all.

Well, I've picked my share of cotton, boys
and I've drove one railroad spike.
And I've been everywhere I talk about
and I can tell you what its like.

I've even been to 'Frisco wearin' reg'lar clothes
With them modern hippie folks starin' down their nose.
I can proudly say I've answered my patriotic call
I've done it all, lawd lawd, I've done it all.


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