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20 hours ago, sandhiller said:

 

Going gray around the temples
Usually days when I won't shave
Have a habit of tripping over ripples,
And watching them roll in to waves
I've been too long riding this range
Running wild, without reins
Always traveling against the grains
And pretty girls deserve better
I'm too old to change
 
Jerry Jeff Walker    Too old to change.

Walker was a genius 

She's a railroad lady, just a little bit shady,
Spending her days on the train.

She's a semi good-looker, but the fast rails they took 'er,
Now she's tryin', just tryin' to get home again.

and... 

I knew a man "Bojangles", and he danced for you
In worn out shoes
Silver hair, a ragged shirt and baggy pants
The old soft shoe… 

 

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18 hours ago, Sledgehammer said:

“In May of 1941 the war had just begun, the Germans had the biggest ship, they had the biggest guns” - Sink the Bismarck, Johnny Hortin

And, speaking of Johnny Horton - The Battle of New Orleans

In 1814 we took a little trip

along with colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississip

we took little bacon and we took a little beans

and we caught the bloody British in the town of New Orleans

 

 

 

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I's thumbin' through the want ads in the Shelby County Tribune when this classified advertisement caught my eye. It said, "Take imme-di-ate delivery on this '57 Chevrolet half-ton pickup truck. Will sell or swap for a hide-a-bed and thirty-five bucks. Call One-four-oh, ring two, and ask for Bob."
 

classified 

CW McCall 

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“A gypsy wind is blowing warm tonight, the sky is scarlet and the time is right” - You’ll Accomp’ny Me, Bob Seger

Yes, that’s how they spelled “accompany” 🤷🏻‍♂️

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15 hours ago, russ_alabama said:

Walker was a genius 

She's a railroad lady, just a little bit shady,
Spending her days on the train.

She's a semi good-looker, but the fast rails they took 'er,
Now she's tryin', just tryin' to get home again.

and... 

I knew a man "Bojangles", and he danced for you
In worn out shoes
Silver hair, a ragged shirt and baggy pants
The old soft shoe… 

 

I could list almost every song he done on here from Pissin' in the Wind to Coat from the Cold.

Maybe not to everyone's taste but if you've never heard his stuff you owe him a listen. 

Great song writer and a whiskey smooth voice.

 

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He was born in Oklahoma
And his wife's name is Betty Lou Thelma Liz
He's not responsible for what he's doing
His mother made him what he is

Redneck Mother

writen by Ray Wylie Hubbard 

made famous sung by Jerry Jeff Walker  

 

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1 hour ago, 1256pickett said:
He was born in Oklahoma
And his wife's name is Betty Lou Thelma Liz
He's not responsible for what he's doing
His mother made him what he is

Redneck Mother

writen by Ray Wylie Hubbard 

made famous sung by Jerry Jeff Walker  

 

Always liked this one.

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You ought to see my blue eyed Sally
She lives a way down on Shinbone Alley
The number on the gate is the number on the door
And the next house over is the grocery store

 

Bob Wills and his Texas playboys 

Stay all night stay a little longer 

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“The old man was a good man, he raised his children right, showed us how to work hard, and showed us how to fight” - Leave a Scar, BlackBerry Smoke

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Not sure if this has been put up yet.

The old man was covered with tattoos and scars.

He got some prison, others in bars.

David Allen Coe.

If That Ain't Country.

He was a real story teller and I could put up the entire lyrics to this song, because the just get better.

 

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You know I was born in Akron, Ohio
And I grew up in Cleveland
Spent some time in Florida and lived in Texas for awhileThen I moved to North Carolina thenBack to Nashville, Tennessee butWhat I'm tryin' to tell you is.

Chorus:
I'm An Ohio Boy
I'm An Ohio Boy
I'm An Ohio Boy
Make no mistake about it
I'm An Ohio Boy
 

 

basically David Allen Coe singing his autobiography 

im an Ohio boy

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2 hours ago, sandhiller said:

Not sure if this has been put up yet.

The old man was covered with tattoos and scars.

He got some prison, others in bars.

David Allen Coe.

If That Ain't Country.

He was a real story teller and I could put up the entire lyrics to this song, because the just get better.

 

 

1 hour ago, 1256pickett said:

You know I was born in Akron, Ohio
And I grew up in Cleveland
Spent some time in Florida and lived in Texas for awhileThen I moved to North Carolina thenBack to Nashville, Tennessee butWhat I'm tryin' to tell you is.

Chorus:
I'm An Ohio Boy
I'm An Ohio Boy
I'm An Ohio Boy
Make no mistake about it
I'm An Ohio Boy
 

 

basically David Allen Coe singing his autobiography 

im an Ohio boy

Although you could actually say both songs were his autobiography 

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53 minutes ago, Art From Coleman said:

Equally autobiographical, and also from Ohio, is Chrissy Hinde's "My City Was Gone".

I will have to look into that one.
As long as we’re on an Ohio thing:

Last night I went to sleep in Detroit City I dreamed about them cotton fields of home I dreamed about my mother, dear old pappy, sister and brother And I dreamed about the girl who's been waitin' for so long I want to go home I want to go home Oh, how I want to go home

Bobby Bare   Detroit city

 

AND

 

 

Take this job and shove it
I ain't workin' here no more
My woman done left and took all the reasons
I was working for
Ya better not try to stand in my way
As I'm walkin', out the door
Take this job and shove it
I ain't workin' here no more

Johnny Paycheck. 
that one written by David Allen Coe 

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Your wanted by the po-lice and my wife thinks you're dead.

Jr Brown and his woman problems.

This guy looks like he just walked off the stage of the Grand Ol Opry after doing a set with Kitty Wells and Hank Sr.

Don't anybody from classic to rock can do what he does with a guitar!

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1 hour ago, sandhiller said:

Don't anybody from classic to rock can do what he does with a guitar

Do with a guitar much less a guitsteel I think is what he calls it. 

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Thank you for starting this thread.  Browsing fourteen screens of responses has triggered a lot of recollection and nods.

A few that come to mind for me:

"All the leaves were brown and the skies were gray" - Mamas and Papas  - 1965 ("California Dreamin'")

"Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away" - Beatles - 1965 ("Yesterday")

""Hello Darkness my old friend" - Paul Simon - 1964 ("Sounds of Silence")

 

 

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55 minutes ago, bob_carr said:

Thank you for starting this thread.  Browsing fourteen screens of responses has triggered a lot of recollection and nods.

A few that come to mind for me:

"All the leaves were brown and the skies were gray" - Mamas and Papas

"Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away" - Beatles

""Hello Darkness my old friend" - Paul Simon.

 

 

Those are some great ones.

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“Last night I dug your picture out from our old dresser drawer, I set it on the table and talked to it til 4” - Diggin Up Bones, Randy Travis

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41 minutes ago, sandhiller said:

I hurt myself today

To see if I still feel

 

Johnny Cash - Hurt

Haunting song and IMHO a helluva song to go out on

 

 

I always hated that song because it was right at the end. Kind of like I don’t like John Wayne in “The Shootist” because it was his last movie. Not that the song or movie aren’t good, just don’t like the implication. 

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