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Jim Dixon 20 May 13 - 11:47 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: BLACKBERRY WINE (Frank Proffitt)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 20 May 13 - 11:47 AM

Frank Proffitt had a wonderful mellow bass voice. There isn't a thread called "Frank Proffitt songs" but maybe there should be.


BLACKBERRY WINE
As sung by Frank Proffitt on "Essential Folk Masters: Frank Proffitt"

1. Come all you young fellers and a story I'll tell
Of how the law caught me and put me in jail,
Then onto the chain gang to serve out my time,
Just 'cause I'd been makin' blackberry wine.

CHORUS: Blackberry wine, boy, was the cause of it all. (Oh, my Lord)
Makin' blackberry wine was my downfall.
They caught me on the mountain, on the Tennessee line.
They took me to the chain gang for makin' blackberry wine.

2. Now when I's a young feller, I … so gay.
I went to the parties, to dances and plays.
I thought I could have me a lot better time,
So I got out and I made some blackberry wine.

3. I courted a little girl with hair golden brown.
I used to go see her when sun's goin' down.
We'd take us a walk on the Tennessee line.
I'd sip me a sup of blackberry wine. CHORUS.

4. They held court one mornin'; my trial did begin.
I vainly looked around me for a face of a friend.
The judge he told me: "You've done a bad crime,"
So he sent me to the chain gang for makin' blackberry wine.

5. Now them there rock piles is piled up so high,
And I swore to my Lord I surely would die,
A-hammerin' in that hot sun, servin' my time,
Just 'cause I'd been makin' blackberry wine.

6. I come back home then; to the church I did go.
The way the people done me, it hurt my heart so.
I could hear 'em a-whisperin': "He went an' done time.
He's the one they sent off for makin' blackberry wine." CHORUS

7. I'm a-gettin' old now; my hair's turnin' gray.
It won't be too long till I'll be on my way.
They'll bury me on the mountain in a coffin up high.
They'll say, "He's quit makin' that blackberry wine." CHORUS


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