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Thread #8433   Message #52190
Posted By: Bill Cameron
05-Jan-99 - 11:09 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: New Cut Road (Guy Clark)
Subject: RE: New Cut Road
Harpgal, it's a Guy Clark song.

Wish you'd asked for the chords. G & D7.

I wonder if I remember the words...but you've got the title right. Not much luck on the net (Alta Vista) so here goes my best effort.

Coleman Bonner was a fiddle playin fool,
A backwoods rounder and a breaker of mules
Coleman Bonner's got a wornout bow
He's been playing two days down the new cut road.

Coleman's daddy he pulled up in the yard
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

(I forget this verse. Coleman don't wanna go. Cause he's got him a girl and a fine fox hat. Makes me want to recycle a joke. Why you wearin that hat Coleman? He says, I told my gal I got a gig three days down the new cut road and she said, "wear da fox hat?")

Colemans' daddy said, what's it comin to?
Young people these days are just as stubborn as mules.
You can't make him stay, he's too old for that
It's the damned old fiddle and that bowler hat.

(o.k., I guess it wasn't a fox hat in the song, but aren't you glad I thought it was? No? Shee.)

Colemans momma said, let the boy stay.
He was raised up solid, he can find his own way
But as for me, honey, I'm with you
I always thought Kentucky was just passin through

Coleman's little sister, she started in a'cryin.
Coleman's daddy shook his head for the very last time.
Coleman's momma said, somebody's gotta do it.
There wouldn't be no Kentucky unless you didn't stick to it, Coleman

Coleman Bonner stood on the porch of that cabin
Watched them all go to Texas in a covered wagon
Then he pulled out his fiddle and he rosined up his bow
And he played a little tune called the New Cut Road.

That was fun to recall. Might have to try singing it now. Except you don't exactly sing it. It's somewhere between a song and a poem with chords.