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Thread #8433   Message #52188
Posted By: Les B
05-Jan-99 - 10:49 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: New Cut Road (Guy Clark)
Subject: Lyr Add: NEW CUT ROAD (Guy Clark)
Here are the words as I remember learning them a few years ago from a Bobby Bare single - good song, little done, because of the length. Sorry I don't know how to do the space breaks. Help, Joe ?1?

Coleman Bonner was a fiddle playin' fool,
He was a back woods rounder and a breaker of mules,
Coleman Bonner's got a wore out bow,
He's been pickin' two nights down the New Cut Road.

Coleman's little sister said "you'd better act right,
Daddy's gone to Louieville, he'll be back tonight,
He's gonna get a new wagon, and good pair of mules,
We gonna move to Texas, we been waitin' on you"

Coleman's daddy he pulled up in the yard,
He said "pack up your lives kids, it's gettin' too hard,
Kentucky's all right, but there's too many people,
Why just the other day I thought I saw a church steeple"

Coleman said "Daddy, you go on without me,
I'm gonna stay here in Kentucky 'til the day I die (dee)
I'm gonna drink that sour mash, I'm gonna race that mare,
Hey, I've got me a woman with that foxy red hair"

He said "You all been movin' West since the day you was married,
Well I'm gettin' off the wagon, I'm too old to be carried,
I'm gonna stay here in Kentucky where the bluegrass grows,
Gonna pick it all night down the New Cut Road."

Well Coleman's daddy said "What's the world comin' to,
Young people these days are just stubborn as mules,
I can't make the boy go, he's too old for that,
It's that damned old fiddle and that bowler hat!"

Coleman's mama said "Let the boy stay,
He was raised up solid, he can find his own way,
But as for me honey, why I'm with you,
I always thought Kentucky was just passin' through"

Well Coleman's little sister, she started in to cryin'
His daddy shook his hand for the very last time,
Coleman's mama said "Somebody's got to do it,
There wouldn't be no Kentucky if you didn't stick to it!"

Now Coleman Bonner stood on the porch of that cabin,
Watched them all go to Texas in a covered wagon,
He pulled down his fiddle and he rosined up his bow,
And he played a little tune called the New Cut Road.
line breaks <br> added -Joe Offer-