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Thread #54707   Message #848577
Posted By: Richie
16-Dec-02 - 10:16 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Molly and Tenbrooks
Subject: Lyr Add: MOLLY AND TENBROOKS (from Bill Monroe)
MOLLY AND TENBROOKS: Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys- 1948
Run oh Molly run, run oh Molly run
Ten-Brooks gonna beat you to the bright and shining sun
To the bright and shining sun oh Lord
To the bright and shining sun

Ten-Brooks was a big bay horse, he wore a shaggy mane
He run all 'round Memphis, and he beat the Memphis train
Beat the Memphis train oh Lord
Beat the Memphis train

Ten-Brooks said to Molly, what makes your head so red
Running in the hot sun with a fever in my head
Fever in my head oh Lord
Fever in my head

Molly said to Ten-Brooks you're looking mighty squirrel
Ten-Brooks said to Molly I'm leaving this old world
Leaving this old world oh Lord
Leaving this old world

Out in California where Molly done as she pleased
She come back to old Kentucky, got beat with all ease
Beat with all ease oh Lord
Beat with all ease

The women's all a-laughing, the children all a-crying
Men all a-hollering old Ten-Brooks a- flying
Old Ten-Brooks a- flying oh Lord
Old Ten-Brooks a- flying

Kiper, Kiper, you're not riding right
Molly's a beating old Ten-Brooks clear out of sight
Clear out of sigh oh Lord
Clear out of sight

Kiper, Kiper, Kiper my son
Give old Ten-Brooks the bridle and let old Ten-Brooks run
Let old Ten-Brooks run oh Lord
Let old Ten-Brooks run

Go and catch old Ten-Brooks and hitch him in the shade
We're gonna bury old Molly in a coffin ready made
In a coffin ready made oh Lord
In a coffin ready made

Notes: Bill Monroe's version on Knee Deep in Bluegrass, Decca DL-8731, LP (196?), cut# 11; 16 All-Time Greatest Hits, Columbia CS 1065, LP (197?), cut# 1; Essential Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys. 1945-49. Vol 2, Columbia CT 52480, Cas (1992), cut# 14