Hello Trouble

Woke up this morning, happy as can be / looking out my window, what do I see
Comin' up my sidewalk, just as plain as day
Here comes trouble that I never thought I'd see since you went away

Hello trouble, won't you come on in / talk about heartache, where in the world've you been
I ain't had the miseries since you've been gone / Hello trouble, trouble, trouble, welcome home

I'll make a pot of coffee, and you can rest your shoes / and you can tell me those sweet lies, and I'll listen to you
I ain't never been a part of the life you live
But I'd rather have a little bit of trouble then to never know the love you give

It Takes One To Know One

Little girl, you stand out in the crowd / You're laughing and you're talking way to loud
But I see a little tear peaking through / It takes one to know one, and I know you

It takes one to know one, and I know you / a little tear through your smiles I see through
You've been hurt - and you're frightened, you're so blue / It takes one to know one, and I know you

Little girl, please take hold of my hand / You can go on and cry, I'll understand
Pay no mind if I start crying too / It takes one to know one, and I know you

Who'll Stop The Rain

Long as I remember / The rain's been coming down / Clouds of mystery pouring / Confusion on the ground
Good men through the ages / Tryin' to find the sun / And I wonder, still I wonder / Who'll stop the rain

I went down Virginia / Seeking shelter from the storm / Caught up in a fable / Watched the tower grow
Five-year plans and new deals / Wrapped in golden chains / And I wonder, still I wonder / Who'll stop the rain

Heard the singers playing / Oh how we cheered for more / The crowd had rushed together / Just tryin' to keep warm
Still the rain kept pouring / Falling on my ears / And I wonder, still I wonder / Who'll stop the rain

Heart Of A Little Mountain Girl

She lived down the trail that winds / By the river and through the pines / Her memory will never fade away
Of all the treasures in this world / Diamonds, rubies, gold and pearls / None are like my little mountain girl

They say time passes slowly way up in the mountains / Brother I can tell you that is true, true blue
Like the heart of a little mountain girl

I can't forget the days gone by / Running, laughing, sometimes crying / Hoping that the dream would never end
If time would let me walk right back / Through the pine trees to the shack / How I'd love to see that girl again

Now if and when I'm old and grey / And life has nearly passed away / And I can see my race is almost run
And if they ask my last request / I pray that some boy's heart be blessed / God may there always be mountain girls

Cold, Cold Heart

I tried so hard, my dear, to show / That you're my every dream / Yet you're afraid each thing I do / Is just some evil scheme
A memory from your lonesome past / Keeps us so far apart / Why can't I free your doubtful mind / And melt your cold, cold heart

Another love before my time / Made your heart sad and blue / And so my heart is paying now / For things I did not do
In anger unkind words are said / That make the teardrops start / Why can't I free your doubtful mind / And melt your cold, cold heart

You'll never know how much it hurts / To see you sit and cry / You know you need and want my love / Yet you're afraid to try
Why do you run and hide from life / To try it just ain't smart / Why can't I free your doubtful mind / And melt your cold, cold heart

There was a time when I believed / That you belonged to me / But now I know your heart is shackled / To a memory
The more I learn to care for you / The more we drift apart / Why can't I free your doubtful mind / And melt your cold, cold heart

If I Needed You

If I needed you, would you come to me / would you come to me and ease my pain
If you needed me, I would come to you / I'd swim the seas for to ease your pain

In the night forlorn / The morning's born / And the morning shines with the light of love
You will miss sunrise / If you close your eyes / Now that would break my heart in two

The lady's with me now / Since I showed her how / To lay her lily white hand in mine
Loop and Lil agree / She's a sight to see / And a treasure for the poor to find

Long Black Limousine

There's a long line of mourners / Driving down our little street / There fancy cars are such a sight to see
They're all of your rich friends / Who knew you in the city / And now they've finally brought you back to me

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

When you left home you told me / Someday you'd be returning / In a fancy car for all the town to see
Now everyone is watching / You finally got your dream / And you're riding in a long black limousine

Through tear-dimmed eyes I watch as you ride by / A chauffeur at the wheel dressed up so fine
I'll never love another / My heart and all my dreams / They are with you in that long black limousine

Heartaches By The Number

Well I've got heartaches by the number / Troubles by the score / Every day you love less each day I love you more
Well I've got heartaches by the number / A love that I can't win / But the day that I stop counting is the day my world will end

Heartache number one was when you left me / I never knew that I could hurt this way
And heartache number two was when you came back again / You came back but you never meant to stay

Heartache number three was when you called me / And said that you were coming back to stay
With a hoping heart I waited for your knock on the door / I waited but you must have lost your way

Going To The West

You say you will not go with me / And turn your eyes away
You say that we can not agree / No matter what I say / I'm going to the West

In this fair land I'll stay no more / Here labor is in vain
I'll leave the mountains of my birth / and seek the fertile plains /  I'm going to the West

The years have passed since we first met / And I became your bride
Now I must journey far away / Without you by my side / I'm going to the West

I'll leave you in this land you love / Mid scences so bright and fair
Where fragrant flowers are blooming there / And music in the air / I'm going to the West

Pass Me By

Pass me by, oh pass me by / Don't you stop and wonder why
Don't slow down to say hello / cause my heart might lose control
I might show just how I feel / That my arms might want you still
I'll recover, dear, in time, so pass me by

Once I've been your sweetheart / I don't want to be your friend
So don't even look my way / Or I might fall again
And I don't need your sympathy / It won't mean a thing to me
It would only be a lie, so pass me by

Here We Go Again

Here we go again / I love you so again
Once more it starts to end / The moment it began
I thought I'd never see / Your love come back to me
But there you stand in front of me / And here we go again

It took a long time for me to learn to live without you
When you were gone I thought I'd laid it all to rest
But darling I remember everything about you
And the only thing I'm learning is you are still the best

Red Clay Halo

All the girls all dance with the boys from the city
But they don't want to dance with me
Now it ain't my fault that the fields are muddy
And the red clay stains my feet

And it's under my nails, and it's under my collar
And it shows on my Sunday clothes
Though I do my best with the soap and the water
But the damned old dirt won't go

But when I pass through the pearly gates
Will my gown be gold instead
Or just a red clay robe with red clay wings
And a red clay halo for my head?

Now it's mud in the spring and it's dust in the summer
And it rolls in a crimson tide
Until trees and leaves and cows are the color
Of the dirt on the mountainside

Now Jordan's banks, they're red and they're muddy
And the rolling water is wide
But I got no boat so I'll be good and muddy
Till I get to the other side

Oh Lonesome Me

Everybody's going out and having fun / I'm just a fool for staying home and having one
I can't get over how you set me free / Oh, lonesome me

A bad mistake I'm making by just hangin' round / I know that I should have some fun and paint the town
A lovesick fool so blind I just can't see / Oh, lonesome me

I bet she's not like me / She's out and fancy free / Flirtin' with the boys with all her charms
But I still love her so / And brother don't you know / I'd welcome her right back here in my arms

There must be some way I can lose these lonesome blues / Forget about the past and find me somebody new
I thought of everything from A to Z / Oh, lonesome me

Tryin' To Try

Throwed a rock through your window / Just to let you know I love you
Just to let you know that I care / And I ain't scared to have you see the way I feel
Blowed a kiss through your keyhole / Just to let you know I'm breathing
Oh I'm just tryin' to smack you in the heart / If I were smart I'd give up and go back home

I'm not trying to say I'm sorry / I'm just trying to say I love you
Not trying to find excuses / Nor put myself above you
I'm not trying to rearrange it / Not trying to change it
The only thing I'm trying to do is trying.

Well I hung out by your back porch / Just to try and catch you leaving
Just to try and catch you unaware / That's not fair, I don't care cause I ain't proud
And I leaned on your doorbell / Just to see if you would answer
Just to see if you would open up / No such luck, I'll come back when you've calmed down


In a bar in Toledo, across from the depot / On a bar stool she took of her ring
I thought I'd get closer, so I walked on over / I sat down and asked her the name
When the drinks finally hit her / She said I'm no quitter / But I finally quit living on dreams
I'm hungry for laughter, and here ever after / I'm after whatever the other life brings

In the mirror I saw him / And I closely watched him / I though how he looked out of place
He came to the woman who sat there beside me / He had a strange look on his face
His big hands were caloused, he looked like a mountain / For a minute I thought I was dead
But he started shaking, his big heart was breaking / When he turned to the woman and said:

You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille / Four hungry children and a crop in the field
I've had some bad times, lived through some sad times / But this time your hurtin' won't heal
You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille

After he left us I ordered more whiskey / And I thought how she'd made him look small
From the lights of the bar room to a rented hotel room / He walked without talking at all
She was a beauty, but when she came to me / She must have thought I'd lost my mind
I couldn't hold her, cause the words that he told her / Kept coming back time after time

Musst du jetzt grade gehen, Lucille / Die Kinder sind krank und die Schulden so viel
Du hast geschworen / Du bist die Frau, die das Leben mit mir teilen will
Musst du jetzt grade gehen, Lucille

Poor Boy's Delight

Would you dance with me Molly / It's a Saturday night / There's a chill in the air / Do you think that you might
Want to dance with me Molly / To an old fiddle tune / Soft like the wind through Virginia in June

Would you dance with me Molly / Do you think it'd be wrong / If you let down your hair / Let them play us a song
Come and dance with me Molly / You've got nothing to lose / But to dance off the soles of your old dancing shoes

Would you dance with me Molly / Ain't I doing this right / You're fine and your fair, you're a poor boy's delight
Your from North Carolina? Oh, from Virginia, I see / The devil would die if you danced one with me


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