Bury Me Beneath The Willow

My heart is sad and I am weary for the only one I love
When shall I see her, oh no, never, till we meet in Heaven above

Chorus:
So bury me beneath the willow / under the weeping willow tree
So she will know where I am sleeping / and perhaps she'll weep for me

She told me that she dearly loved me, how could I believe it untrue
Until an angel softly whispered "She no longer cares for you"

Tomorrow was to be our wedding, oh God, oh my God where can she be
She's out a-courtin' with another, and she no longer thinks me


Gold Watch And Chain

Chorus:
Oh I'll pawn you my gold watch and chain / And I'll pawn you my gold wedding ring
I'll pawn you this heart in my bosom / if you say that you'll love me again

Darling how can I stay here without you / I have nothing to ease my poor heart
This old world would seem sad, love, without you / tell me now that we never will part

Take back all the gifts you have given / the diamond ring and a lock of your hair
That old frame with your picture inside it / it's a face that is false but is fair

Oh, the white rose that blooms in the garden / it grows with each beat of our hearts
It broke through on the day that I met you / and it will die on the day we must part


Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain

In the twilight glow I see her / Blue eyes crying in the rain
When we kissed good-bye and parted / I knew we'd never meet again

Love is like a dying ember / only memories remain
Through the ages I'll remember / Blue eyes crying in the rain

Now my hair has turned to silver / All my life I've loved in vain
I can see her star up in Heaven / Blue eyes crying in the rain

Some day when we'll meet up yonder / We'll stroll hand in hand again
In a land that knows no parting / Blue eyes crying in the rain


Eight More Miles To Louisville

I've traveled o'er this country wide, seeking fortune fair
Up and down the two coastlines I've traveled everywhere
From Portland east to Portland west, and back along the line
I'm going to the place that's best, the old hometown of mine

Chorus:
Eight more miles till Louisville will come into my view
Eight more miles on this old road, I'll never more be blue
I knew someday that I'd be back, I knew it from the start
Eight more miles to Louisville, the hometown of my heart

There has to be a gal somewhere that you like best of all
Mine lives down in Louisville, she's long and she's tall
She's the kind that you can't find a-trav'ling through the land
I'm going back this very day to win her heart and hand

Now I can picture in my mind a place I call my own
A humble little hut for two, we never more will roam
The place that's right for that love site is in those bluegrass hills
Where gently flows the Ohio by a place called Louisville


Your Cheatin' Heart

Your cheatin' heart will make you weep / You'll cry and cry, and you'll try to sleep
But sleep won't come / the whole night through / Your cheatin' heart will tell on you

Chorus:
When tears come down like falling rain / You'll toss around, and you'll call my name

You'll walk the floor / the way I do /  Your cheatin' heart will tell on you

Your cheatin' heart will pine some day / and crave the love that you threw away
The time will come / when you'll be blue / Your cheatin' heart will tell on you


Jambalaya

Good-bye Joe, me gotta go, me oh my-oh / Me gotta go, pole the pirogue down the bayou
My Yvonne, sweetest one, me oh my-oh / Son of a gun, gonna have big fun on the bayou

Chorus:
Jambalaya, crawfish pie and-a fillé gumbo / cause tonight I'm a-gonna see my ma chère amie-o
Pick guitar, fill fruit jar and be gay-o / Son of a gun, gonna have big fun on the bayou

Thibodeaux, Fountaineau, the place is buzzin' / kinfolks come to see Yvonne by the dozens
Dressed in style, go hog wild, me oh my-oh / Son of a gun, gonna have big fun on the bayou

Settle down, far from town to get me a pirogue / And I'll catch all the fish in the bayou
Swap my mon' to buy Yvonne what she need-o / Son of a gun, gonna have big fun on the bayou


Time's A Wastin'

Well I've got arms / and I've got arms / let's get together and use those arms
Let's go, time's a wastin'
I've got lips / and I've got lips / let's get together and use those lips
Let's go, time's a wastin'
A cake's no good if you don't mix the batter and bake it
And love's just a bubble if you don't take the trouble to make it
So if you're free to go with me / I'll take you quicker than 1, 2, 3
Let's go, time's a wastin'

Well I've got blues / and I've got blues / let's get acquainted and lose those blues
Let's go, time's a wastin'
I've got feet / and I've got feet / let's start to walk with a lovers' beat
Let's go, time's a wastin'
You got me feeling love like I never have felt it
You're full of sugar and I think I'm the cooker to melt it
Now I've got schemes, and you've got schemes / Let's get together and dream some dreams
Let's go, time's a wastin'


This Ole House

This ole house once knew my children, this ole house once knew my wife
This ole house was home and comfort when we fought the storms of life
This ole house once rang with laughter, this ole house heard many shouts
Now she trembles in the darkness when the lightning walks about

Chorus:
Ain't gonna need this house no longer, ain't gonna need this house no more
Ain't got time to fix the shingles, aint' got time to fix the floor
Ain't got time to oil the hinges nor to mend no window pane
Ain't gonna need this house no longer, I'm a-getting ready to meet the Saints

This ole house is getting shaky, this ole house is getting old
This ole house lets in the rain and this ole house lets in the cold
On my knees I'm getting chilly but I feel no fear nor pain
Cause I saw an angel peeking through a broken window pane

This ole house is afraid of thunder, this ole house is afraid of storm
This ole house just groans and trembles when the night wind flings its arms
This ole house is a-getting feeble, this ole house is in need of paint
Just like me it's tuckered out and a-getting ready to meet the Saints

Now my old hound dog lies sleeping, he don't know I'm gonna leave
Else he'd wake up by the fireplace, and he'd howl and moan and grieve
But my hunting days are over, ain't a-gonna hunt that coon no more
Gabriel done brought in the carriage when the wind blew down the door


Memories Are Made Of This

Take one fresh and tender kiss / Add one stolen night of bliss
One girl, one boy / Some grief, some joy
Memories are made of this

Don't forget a small moonbeam / Fold in lightly with a dream
Your lips and mine / Two sips of wine
Memories are made of this

Then add the wedding bells / One house where lovers dwell
Three little kids for the flavor
Stir carefully through the days / See how the flavor stays
These are the dreams we will savor

With His blessing from above / Serve it generously with love
One man, one wife / One love for life
Memories are made of this


Whose Shoulder Will You Cry On

Once you were my life and breath / Now you rode your free horse to death
Well you trifled around too much  / And you've lost that loving touch
Now whose shoulder will you cry on

Chorus:
You did not love me all along / You can't love and do me wrong
I don't trust you no more, so go knock on another door
Now whose shoulder will you cry on

Just let those hard tears burn your eyes / They're just payment for your lies
You made a wreck out of me / From these chains I'll be set free
Now whose shoulder will you cry on


Silver Threads And Golden Needles

I don't want your lonely mansion with a tear in every room
All I want's the love you promised beneath the haloed moon
But you think I should be happy with your money and your name
And pretend that I don't notice while you play your cheatin' games

Chorus:
Silver threads and golden needles can't patch up this heart of mine
And I'll never drown my sorrows in the warm glow of your wine
You can't buy my love with money, for I never was that kind
Silver threads and golden needles can't patch up this heart of mine

I grew up in faded gingham where love is a sacred thing
You grew up in silk and satin where love's a passing game
I know now you never loved me, and I know I was a fool
To think your cry would let you live by the golden rule


Singing The Blues

Well I never felt more like singin' the blues / cause I never thought that I'd ever lose
your love babe / why'd you do me this way
Well I never felt more like cryin' all night / cause everything's wrong, and nothing is right
without you / you've got me singing the blues

Chorus:
Now the moon and stars no longer shine / the dream is gone I thought was mine
There's nothing left for me to do / but cry-y-y over you


Train Of Love

Train of love a-coming / big black wheels a-humming
People a-waiting at the station / happy hearts a-drumming
Train man tell me maybe / ain't you got my baby

Chorus:
Ever so often everybody's baby gets the urge to roam
Everybody's baby but mine's coming home

Stop your whistle blowing / cause I've got ways of knowing
You keep bringing everybody's loved one / while my own keeps going
Train of love deceiving / when she's not gone she's leaving

Train of love, now hasten / Sweethearts standing waiting
Here and there and everywhere / there's gonna be embracing
Train man tell me maybe / ain't you got my baby

Train of love now leaving / leaving my heart grieving
But early or late I'll sit and wait / because I'm still believing
We'll walk away together / though I may wait forever


Give My Love To Rose

I found him by the railroad track this morning / I could see that he was nearly dead
I knelt down beside him and I listened / to the last few words the dying fellow said
They let me out of prison down in Frisco / for ten long years I paid for what I've done
I was tryin' to get back to Louisiana / to see my Rose and get to know my son

Chorus:
Give my love to Rose, please won't you, mister / Take her all my money, tell her to buy some pretty clothes
Tell my boy his daddy's so proud of him / and don't forget to give my love to Rose

Tell her I said thanks for waiting for me / Tell my boy to help his Mom at home
Tell my Rose to try and find another / cause it ain't right that she should live alone
Mister, here's a bag with all my money / it won't last them long the way it goes
God bless you for finding me this morning / and don't forget to give my love to Rose


Are You Wastin' My Time

Does the moon shine a little brighter when I hold you a little tighter
Are you wastin' my time
Does your love grow a little stronger when I kiss you a little longer
Are you wastin' my time

Can I depend on your love to live on / Can I rely on the vows that you made

Does your heart seem a little colder  when I cuddle up on your shoulder
Are you wastin' my time
Do you melt away when you kiss me, when I go away do you miss me
Are you wastin' my time


Pick Me Up On Your Way Down

You were mine for just a while / now you're puttin' on the style
And you never once look back / to your home across the track
You're the gossip of the town / but my heart can still be found
Where you tossed it on the ground / so pick me up on your way down

Chorus:
Pick me up on your way down / when you're blue and all alone
When their glamor starts to bore you / come on back where you belong
You may be their pride and joy / but they'll find another toy
When they take away your crown / pick me up on your way down

They have changed your attitude / made you haughty and so rude
Your new friends can take the blame / but underneath you're just the same
When you find these things are true / I'll be waiting here for you
As you tumble to the ground / pick me up on your way down


Long Black Veil

Ten years ago on a cold dark night / There was somebody killed 'neath the Town Hall lights
There were few at the scene but they all agreed / that the slayer who ran looked a lot like me

The judge said "son, what's your alibi / if you've been somewhere else then you won't have to die"
I spoke not a word though it meant my life / for I'd been in the arms of my best friend's wife

Chorus:
She walks these hills in a long black veil / She visits my grave when the night winds wail
Nobody knows, nobody sees, nobody knows but me

Now the scaffold is high, and eternity's near / she stood in the crowd and shed not a tear
But sometimes at night when the cold wind moans / in a long black veil she cries o'er my bones


Jackson

We got married in a fever / hotter than a pepper sprout
We've been talking 'bout Jackson / ever since the fire went out
Well I'm going to Jackson, I'm gonna mess around
Yeah I'm going to Jackson, look out Jackson town

Well go on down to Jackson / go ahead and wreck your health
Go play your hand, you big talking man / make a big fool of yourself
Yeah yeah go to Jackson / go comb your hair
Honey I'm gonna snowball Jackson / go ahead and see if I care

When I breeze into that city / people 'r gonna stoop and bow
All them women 'r gonna make me / teach'em what they don't know how
I'm going to Jackson / you turn a-loose my coat
Yeah I'm going to Jackson / good-bye that's all she wrote

But they'll laugh at you in Jackson / and I'll be dancing on a pony keg
They'll lead you round town like a scalded hound / with your tail tucked between your legs
Yeah yeah go to Jackson / you big talking man
And I'll be waiting in Jackson / behind my Jay-pan fan

We got married in a fever / hotter than a pepper sprout
We've been talking 'bout Jackson / ever since the fire went out
Well I'm going to Jackson, and honey that's a fact
Yeah we're going to Jackson, ain't never coming back


My Walking Shoes

Chorus:
My walking shoes don't fit me any more / my walking shoes don't fit me any more
Stay on your side of town, honey I won't be around / my walking shoes don't fit me any more

It's a long way from here to over yonder / my feet they're getting mighty sore
I ain't coming back, you've made your mind to wander / but my walking shoes don't fit me any more

I'll be a long time gone from you honey / you won't never hear me knock upon your door
I thought you was worth it once with all your money / now my walking shoes don't fit me any more

Alternate verse:
I'll be a long time gone from you baby / you won't never hear me knock upon your door
I thought you was worth it once but I was crazy / now my walking shoes don't fit me any more


Gone Gone Gone

Some sunny day baby / when everything seems OK baby / you'll wake up and find out you're alone
Cause I'll be gone / gone gone gone / really  gone / gone gone gone / cause you've done me wrong

Everyone that you meet baby / as you walk down the street baby / will ask you why you're walking all alone
Why you're on your own / Just say I'm gone / really  gone / gone gone gone / cause you've done me wrong

If you change your ways baby / you might get me back to stay baby / you better hurry up if you don't want to be alone
Or I'll be gone / gone gone gone / really  gone / gone gone gone / cause you've done me wrong


Somethin' Stupid

I know I stand in line until you think you have the time to spend an evening with me
And if we go someplace to dance I know that there's a chance you won't be leaving with me
Then afterwards we drop into a quiet little place and have a drink or two
And then I go and spoil it all by saying something stupid like "I love you"

I can see it in your eyes you still despise the same old lies you heard the night before
And though it's just a line to you, for me it's true and never seemed so right before

I practice every day to find some clever lines to say to make the meaning come true
But then I think I'll wait until the evening gets late and I'm alone with you
The time is right, your perfume fills my head, the stars get read and oh the night's so blue
And then I go and spoil it all by saying something stupid like "I love you"


Queen Of Hearts

Midnight, I'm waiting on the 12:05 / hoping it will take me just a little further down the line
Moonlight, you're just a heartache in disguise / won't you keep my heart from breaking if it's only for a very short time

Chorus:
Playing with the queen of hearts / knowing it ain't really smart
A joker ain't the only fool / who'll do anything for you
Laying out another line / thinking 'bout a life of crime
That's what I'll have to do / to keep me away from you

Baby, it makes me feel so sad / why is everybody telling everybody what you have done
And baby, I know it makes you mad / but when they're hanging up their heartaches don't you know you've got to grab you some

Lovers, I know you've had a few / hide your heart beneath the covers when you tell'em they're the only ones
And others know what I'm going through / it's so hard to be a lover when you say you only do it for fun


When You Say Nothing At All

It's amazing how you can speak right to my heart / Without saying a word you can light up the dark
Try as a may, I can never explain / what I hear when you don't say a thing

Chorus:
The smile on your face lets me know that you need me
There's a truth in your eyes saying you'll never leave me
A touch of your hand says you'll catch me wherever I fall
You say it best when you say nothing at all

All day long I can hear people talking out loud / but when you hold me near you drown out the crowd
Old Mr. Webster could never define / what's being said between your heart and mine


Colleen Malone

It's been ten years and three since I first went to sea
Since I sailed from old Ireland and home
But those hills lush and green were a part of my dreams
When I dreamed of my Colleen Malone

On the day I returned to my sorrow I learned
That the angels had called her away
To a grave on a hill overlooking the mill
That's the place where she's sleeping today

Chorus:
As the soft breezes blow through the meadow I go
Past the mill with the moss covered stone
Up the pathway I climb through the woods and the vine
To be with my Colleen Malone

She was faithful each day as I sailed far away
There was no one but me that she loved
I remember those eyes soft and blue as the skies
And her heart was as pure as a dove

All those years of my life I will not take a wife
I will live in this valley alone
Planting flowers around in the soft gentle ground
That's holding my Colleen Malone


Wagon Wheel

Headed down south to the land of the pine / thumbing my way into North Caroline
Staring up the road, pray to God I see headlights
Made it down the coast in 17 hours / picking me a bouquet of dogwood flowers
I'm hoping for Raleigh, I can see my baby tonight

Chorus:
Rock me Mama like a wagon wheel / rock me Mama any way you feel, hey Mama rock me
Rock me Mama like the wind and the rain / rock me Mama like a southbound train, hey Mama rock me

I'm running from the cold up in New England / I was born to be a picker in an old-time string band
My baby plays the guitar, I pick a banjo now
Them north country winters are getting to me now / lost my money playing poker so I had to up and leave
But I ain't turning back to living that old life no more

Walking due south out of Roanoke / caught a trucker out of Philly, had a nice long toke
But he's a heading west to the Cumberland Gap /  from Johnson City TN
I gotta get a move on before the sun / I hear my baby calling my name, I know that she's the only one
And if I die in Raleigh at least I will die free


Will The Circle Be Unbroken

I was standing by my window on a cold and cloudy day
When I saw that hearse come rolling, come to carry my mother away

Chorus:
Will the circle be unbroken, by and by Lord, by and by
There's a better home awaiting, in the sky Lord, in the sky

Well I told the undertaker: undertaker, please drive slow
For that body you're a-hauling, Lord I hate to see her go

Well I followed close behind her, tried to hold up and be brave
But I could not hide my sorrow when they laid her in that grave

I went back home Lord, my home was lonesome, miss my mother, she is gone
All my brothers, sisters crying, what a home so sad and lone

 

 

 

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