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Brown's Ferry Blues

Hard luck papa counting his toes
You can smell his feet wherever he goes
Lord, Lord, I got those Brown's Ferry blues
Hard luck papa done lost his stuff
the trouble is he's played too rough
Lord, Lord, I got those Brown's Ferry blues

Two old maids a-sitting in the sand
Each one wishin' that the other was a man,...
Two old maids done lost their style
If you want to be lucky you got to smile,...

Early to bed and early to rise
And your girl goes out with other guys,...
If you don't believe me try it yourself
Well I tried it and I got left,...

Hard luck papa standin' in the rain
If the world was corn he couldn't buy grain,...
Hard luck papa standin' in the snow
His knees knock together but he's raring to go,...


A song from the The ToneWay Mountain Music Collection, which offers lyrics and free Song Clips (recordings for learning the song by ear) for nearly 400 traditional songs, many of which are often heard in bluegrass and old-time jam circles. The ToneWay Project also offers songbooks, CDs, and a free online video series for learning to play music by ear. http://ToneWay.com