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Thread #27083   Message #329941
Posted By: Jim Dixon
29-Oct-00 - 06:42 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Songs of the Louvin Brothers
Subject: Lyr Add: CASH ON THE BARRELHEAD^^
CASH ON THE BARRELHEAD
(Ira & Charlie Louvin/Acuff-Rose, BMI, 1956)

I got in a little trouble at the county seat
And they put me in the jailhouse for loafin' on the street.
When the judge heard the verdict, he said, "You're guilty, man."
He gave me forty-five dollars, thirty days in the can.
"That'll be cash on the barrelhead, son,
Not part in cash, the entire sum.
No money down, no credit plan.
Give me cash on the barrelhead. I'm a busy man."

I found a telephone number on a laundry slip.
I had a good-hearted jailer with a six-gun hip.
He let me call long distance. She said, "Number, please."
Just as soon as I told her, she shouted back at me,
"That'll be cash on the barrelhead, son,
Not part in cash, the entire sum.
No money down, no credit plan.
'Cause a little bird tells me you're a travelin' man."

Thirty days in the jailhouse, four days on the road.
I was feelin' mighty hungry, my feet's a heavy load.
I saw a Greyhound comin'. I stuck out my thumb.
Soon as I was seated, the driver caught my arm.
"That'll be cash on the barrelhead, son.
This old gray dog gets paid to run.
When the engine stops and the wheels don't roll,
Give me cash on the barrelhead, I'll take you down the road."

[As performed by the Dreadful Snakes on "Snakes Alive!" Rounder 0177 (1995) and on "Songs of the Louvin Brothers," Easydisc ED CD 7034 (1997). JTD]