Ballad of Curtis Loew

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Well, I used to wake the mornin'
 Before the rooster crowed
Searchin' for soda bottles 
To get myself some dough  Brought 'em down to the corner 
Down to the country store
Cash 'em in, and give my money 
To a man named Curtis Loew

Old Curt was a black man
With white curly hair
When he had a fifth of wine
He did not have a care
He used to own an old Dobro 
Used to play it 'cross his knee
I'd give old Curt my money 
He'd play all day for me

Play me a song
 Curtis Loew, Curtis Loew
Well, I got your drinkin' money 
Tune up your Dobro  People said he was useless 
Them people all were fools 
'Cause Curtis Loew was the finest picker
To ever play the blues 

He looked to be sixty 
And maybe I was ten
Mama used to whoop me
But I'd go see him again 
I'd clap my hands, stomp my feet
Try to stay in time
He'd play me a song or two
Then take another drink of wine

Play me a song
 Curtis Loew, Curtis Loew
Well, I got your drinkin' money 
Tune up your Dobro  People said he was useless 
Them people all were fools 
'Cause Curtis Loew was the finest picker
To ever play the blues 

Yes, sir

On the day old Curtis died
 Nobody came to pray
Ol' preacher said some words 
And they chunked him in the clay
Well, he lived a lifetime 
Playin' the black man's blues 
And on the day he lost his life
That's all he had to lose

Play me a song
 Curtis Loew, hey Curtis Loew
I wish that you was here so
 Everyone would know
 People said he was useless 
Them people all were fools 
'Cause Curtis you're the finest picker
To ever play the blues

Written by: ALLEN COLLINS, RONNIE VAN ZANT

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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