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Thread #47950   Message #717251
Posted By: Francy
25-May-02 - 01:09 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Damned Old Piney Mountains (C Johnson)
Subject: Lyr Add: DAMNED OLD PINEY MOUNTAINS (Craig Johnson
None other than Sandy Paton........Written by Craig Johnson  
Well sit down buddy we'll dring and smoke
Woman don't you weep for me
My hands can't fiddle and my heart's been broke
You damned old piney mountains
My heart got broke in the yew-pine hills
Lord and my time ain't long
(similarly)
I started into logging when I was in my prime
Hitchin' up spruce to the big drag-line
And the skidders started buckin' when the gears come down
Makin' God's own thunder on the new-cut ground

We was fightin' over nothin' and drinkin' too hard
Ridin up to camp on a flat-wheel car
I was thirty years a-hangin' on the old chain break
I got laid off and paid off in 58

Now the skidders got sold to the scrap-iron yard
I moved down Virginia when the times got hard
And I lost my fingers to the steel band saw
My fiddle just hangs, untuned on the wall

Now the trees have growed up in the loggin' yard
And wildflowers bloom where the Big Shays blowed
And there's nothin' left for me but to drink and smoke
My hands can't fiddle and my heart's been broke.....
Great song and well done by Sandy....

Frank of Toledo