The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #33868   Message #706712
Posted By: Jim Dixon
08-May-02 - 11:33 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Red Clay Halo (G Welch / D Rawlings)
Subject: Lyr Add: RED CLAY HALO (Gillian Welch)
Lyrics copied from http://www.gospel.mcmail.com/other_music/red_clay_halo.htm

RED CLAY HALO
(Gillian Welch / David Rawlings)

C  G  C
C
Well, the girls all dance with the boys from the city
G
But they don't care to dance with me.
C
Well, it ain't my fault that the fields are muddy
G C
And the red clay stains my feet.

It's under my nails and it's under my collar,
And it shows on my Sunday clothes.
Though I do my best with soap and water,
That dammed old dirt won't go.

CHORUS:
F C
But when I pass through the pearly gates,
G C
Will my gown be gold instead?
F C
Or just a red clay robe with red clay wings
G C
And a red clay halo for my head?

It's mud in the spring and it's dust in the summer,
When it rolls in crimson tide,
Till the trees and leaves and the cows are the color
Of the dirt on the mountainside. CHORUS

Now Jordan's banks are red and muddy,
And the rollin' water is wide,
But I got no boat, so I'll be good and muddy,
When I get to the other side. CHORUS

I'll take a red clay robe and red clay wings
And a red clay halo for my head.

[Performed by the Nashville Bluegrass Band on "American Beauty," 1998; by Valerie Smith on "Patchwork Heart," 1998; by Gillian Welch on "Time (The Revelator)," 2001.]