Outlaw's Prayer

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Johnny Paycheck

Johnny Paycheck was the stage name of Donald Eugene Lytle (May 31, 1938 – February 19, 2003), a country music singer and Grand Ole Opry member most famous for recording the David Allan Coe song "Take This Job and Shove It". He achieved his greatest success in the 1970s as a major force in country… more »

You know, I worked the Big Packet show in Fort Worth, Saturday night 
We had all day Sunday to rest and relax, before I caught another flight 
So I decided to walk down town an' get myself a little fresh air 
 Before long, I found myself in front of a big church on the corner of the square 

Boy, I could hear that singin' way out in the street, sure was a beautiful sound 
So I just walked up the steps an' opened the door an' started to go inside an' sit down 
But before I could, a young man walked over to me an said, "Excuse me, Sir 
But I can't let you in with that big black hat, those jeans, that beard and long hair" 

So I just left, went back outside, sat down on that curb, an I thought to myself 
That's the house of the Lord, that guy's got the hell of a nerve 
Tellin' me I can't worship anywhere I please 
So right there, in front of that Church, I just knelt down on my knees 

I said, "Lord, I know I don't look like much, but I didn't think you'd mind 
I just wanted to be with your people, Lord, it's been a long time" 
A while ago, a saw a wino over there in the alley, all bent over in tears 
And I thought how one stained glass window, from this Church, would feed his family for years 

Then there's those fine cars parked outside, too many for me to count 
Made me think how people walked for days to hear your sermon on the mount 
Then there's those fine ladies in the choir, Lord, singin' like they really love it 
Hell, last night, they were dancin' on the front row of my show 
Drinkin' beer, screamin, "Sing 'Shove It'" 

You know, even John the Baptist wouldn't be welcome in this place 
With his coat made of camel hair an' sandals on his feet and a long beard on his face 
You know, Lord, when you come back to get your children, and take 'em beyond the clouds 
To live forever in Heaven with you, well, I'd sure hate to be in this crowd 

You know, Lord, I'm not perfect, some even call me no count 
But I'll tell you, I believe a man is judged by what's in his heart, and not his bank account 
So if this is what religion is, a big car, a suit and a tie 

Then I might as well forget it Lord, 'cause I can't qualify 
Oh, by the way, Lord, right before they kicked me out, didn't I see a picture of you? 
With sandals and a beard, believe you had long hair too 
Well, this is Paycheck, signing off 

I'll be seein' you Lord 
I hope"


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Outlaw's Prayer