Old Man Tell Me

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David Allan Coe

David Allan Coe (born September 6, 1939) is an American outlaw country music singer who achieved popularity in the 1970s and 1980s. As a singer, his biggest hits were "Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile," "The Ride," "You Never Even Called Me by My Name," "She Used to Love Me a Lot," and "Longhaired Redneck." His best-known compositions are the No. 1 successes "Would You Lay With Me (In a Field of Stone)," which was covered by Tanya Tucker; and "Take This Job and Shove It," which was later covered by Johnny Paycheck that was later a hit movie (both Coe and Paycheck had minor parts in the film). more »


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I've seen the old man sittin' 'round 
The courthouse square back home in town
Talking bout the big war back in 1943
Sayin' how much good it's done 

Medals gleamin' in the sun
Cussin' at my long hair 
And my talk of bein' free
Their vision like their battle scars 

Of other wars has faded
Like the colors on the ribbons 
From the battles that they've won
If there's one thing I've learned it's this 

You just can't shake hands with a fist
And I once did my talkin' with a gun
And, old man, I know what you've seen 
But yours is not the only dream

I have to believe in something more 
Than yesterday
Let it die, just like the past 
I believe there's hope at last

Old man, did you ever have to pray 
Old man, can you show me the way

He shakes his head from time to time 
And rambles somewhere in his mind
Mumbling 'bout the Civil War 
And how we should have won

Settin' up his battle plans 
On checkerboards at his command
Watchin' all his gallant kings 
Go falling one by one

And son he'd say there's not much time 
For you to straighten out your mind
But you never listen to 
The things I try to say

And I just turn my head and cry 
Never understanding why
He's set up that checkerboard 
When he knew I couldn't play

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