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ADD: I Gave Her the Ring (She Gave Me the Finger)

Roger in Baltimore 07 Feb 06 - 04:32 PM
Gene 07 Feb 06 - 06:06 PM
Gene 09 Feb 06 - 12:13 AM
Roger in Baltimore 09 Feb 06 - 08:11 AM
Charley Noble 10 Feb 06 - 08:15 AM
GUEST,Bob Coltman 10 Feb 06 - 09:32 AM
dick greenhaus 10 Feb 06 - 09:49 AM
Gene 10 Feb 06 - 10:25 AM
Gene 11 Feb 06 - 11:37 AM
Roger in Baltimore 13 Feb 06 - 09:33 AM
GUEST,reggie miles 13 Feb 06 - 01:00 PM
GUEST 10 Jul 10 - 11:57 PM
Ron Davies 11 Nov 10 - 09:47 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: She Gave Me the Finger
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 07 Feb 06 - 04:32 PM

I mentioned the chorus of this song a while back. Now someone wants the lyrics. I think it may be a Sheb Wooley song. The chorus is:

I gave her the ring, but she gave me the finger.

And that finger stinger lingers like a ring around my heart.

The rest of the lyrics would be much appreciated.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: She Gave Me the Finger
From: Gene
Date: 07 Feb 06 - 06:06 PM

http://www.tonsoflyrics.com/letter_s/artist_sheb-wooley.html

not on this site...but if he did it ..I have it...

gg


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Subject: Lyr Add: I GAVE HER THE RING (SHE GAVE ME THE FING
From: Gene
Date: 09 Feb 06 - 12:13 AM

well, I have a pretty big collection of Sheb Wooley/Ben Cooder,
but did not have this one...apparently it was recorded LIVE at one
of the oldtimer get togethers not too long before Sheb died...
[Bill Anderson MC/hosted several of them]

Another music friend tracked it down and sent it to me...

I GAVE HER THE RING (SHE GAVE ME THE FINGER)
Sheb Wooley

She wanted a mansion on millionaire mountain
I just wanted to shack up in the hills
You know what was funny, she thought I had money
ha-ha-ha, I couldn't even pay her water bill

CHORUS
I gave her the ring and she gave me the finger
Said you've just been wastin' my time
yes, I gave her the ring, she gave me the finger
So I took it back to the five and dime
[five and dime] [five and dime]

Shift gears up a notch:

I thought it was cute when she held up her pinkie
I said I think that's the wrong one
She said if you dont have mon, hon,
You are the wrong one,
I said I'll be a son of a gun
[Son of a gun] [son of a gun] - well;

CHORUS

CHORUS

it is included on a recent TIME LIFE HONKY TONK collection!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: She Gave Me the Finger
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 09 Feb 06 - 08:11 AM

Gene,

Thank you very much. I'll pass them on.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: She Gave Me the Finger
From: Charley Noble
Date: 10 Feb 06 - 08:15 AM

Gene-

I think you've nailed "The Finger."

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: She Gave Me the Finger
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 10 Feb 06 - 09:32 AM

Hello again, Gene - you're really posting the great ones!

I rummaged through the Amazon site's Time-Life honky tonk records but no luck finding the song, did I miss it? Do you happen to know which volume it's on?

Sure would like to find the tune to it. If anyone can ABC it on this thread, I'll be grateful.

Bob


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: She Gave Me the Finger
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 10 Feb 06 - 09:49 AM

Gene-
While you're at it, do you have "She got the goldmine,I got the shaft"?
different song, similar word play.


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Subject: Lyr Add: SHE GOT THE GOLDMINE (I GOT THE SHAFT)
From: Gene
Date: 10 Feb 06 - 10:25 AM

Hi Dick...found a version on line but had to make
a few corrections to it according to the recording i have..


SHE GOT THE GOLDMINE (I GOT THE SHAFT)
(T. DuBois)
Jerry Reed - 1982


Well, I guess it was back in sixty-three
When eatin' my cookin' got the better of me
So I asked this little girl I was goin' with
To be my wife

Well, she said she would
So I said, "I do"
But I'd-a said "I wouldn't" if I'd-a just knew
How sayin' "I do" was gonna screw up all my o' my life

Well, the first few years weren't all that bad
I'll never forget the good times we had
'Cause I'm reminded every month
When I send her the child support

Well, it wasn't too long till the lust all died
And I'll admit I wasn't too surprised
The day I come home and found my suitcase
Sittin' out on the porch

Well, I tried to get in, she'd changed the lock
Then I found this note taped on the mailbox
It said, "Goodbye, turkey.......
My Attorney will be in touch"

So I decided right then and there
I was gonna do what's right,
Give her her fair share, but, brother,
I didn't know her share was gonna be that much

She got the goldmine (She got the goldmine)
I got the shaft (I got the shaft)
They split it right down the middle
And then they gave her the better half
Well, it all sounds sort o' funny
But it hurts too much to laugh
She got the goldmine
I got the shaft

Now listen, you ain't heard nothin' yet
Why, they gave her the color television set
Then they gave her the house
The kids and both o' the cars, see

Well, then they start talkin' 'bout child support
Alimony and the cost o' the Court
It didn't take me long to figure out
How far in the toilet I was

I'm tellin' ya they have made a mistake
'Cause it adds up to more'n this cowboy makes
Besides, everything I ever had worth takin'
They've already took!

While she's livin' like a queen on alimony
I'm workin' two shifts,
Eatin' baloney, askin' myself
"Why didn't you just learn how to cook?"

They give her the goldmine (She got the goldmine)
They give me the shaft (I got the shaft)
They said they're splittin it all down the middle,
But she got the better half
But it all sounds mighty funny
But it hurts too much to laugh
She got the goldmine
I got the shaft

(Guitar Solo)

Well, she got the goldmine (She got the goldmine)
I got the shaft (I got the shaft)
They split it all down the middle
And then they give her the better half
Well, I guess it all sounds funny (Ha-ha-ha-ha)
But it hurts too much to laugh
She got the goldmine
I got the shaft

Huh-hah, they ain't kiddin'
I got the shaft, yea
But I don't have to worry
About totin' a billfold no more
Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha,
I let my wife tote it
I'm'onna be carryin' food stamps
You get it, Judge?
Ha-ha, that's not funny, huh?
Contempt of Court?
What d'ya mean?
Listen, Judge.....I was just kiddin'.....I mean........


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: She Gave Me the Finger
From: Gene
Date: 11 Feb 06 - 11:37 AM

well, I guess I blew that one...I was over at a friends house
awhile back and he showed me a stack of cds he recently bought...
guess I got the sources/titles/artists mixed up...

the TIME LIFE HONKY TONK SET stuck in my mind!


Sheb Wooley and Ben Colder / The sons of Mitch's
year: 1997
---------------------------------------------------------------------1. 3:04 The sons of mitch's
2. 3:30 I just look good naked anymore
3. 2:33 I gave her the ring, she gave me the finger
4. 2:22 Purple people eater
5. 2:36 That's my Pa
6. 3:39 Maybe I'm a cowboy after all
7. 2:46 Doggone it girl, I live you man
8. 3:12 The bellybutton song
9. 4:12 Amazania
10. 3:47 Caveman
11. 3:18 Repeato romero
---------------------------------------------------------------------


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: She Gave Me the Finger
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 13 Feb 06 - 09:33 AM

My friend reminded me that the chorus of the song he and I remember is:

I gave her the ring and she gave me the finger,
And that finger stinger lingers like a ringer'round my heart.

Could there be two tunes that have the same title?

We both remember it being performed by a group called "Bottle Hill". The guitarist for the group was a guy named Walt Michael who is a nationally-known hammered dulcimer player. My friend said he asked Walt about the song and Walt denied any knowledge of it. Of course, it's been over 30 years since I heard the song.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: Lyr Add: ANOTHER LOVER (Reggie Miles)
From: GUEST,reggie miles
Date: 13 Feb 06 - 01:00 PM

I had no idea that this line was used in a song. I liked the idea of using it in a song. So, I slipped it into one that I wrote as the closing line of the last verse.

Another Lover Reggie Miles © 2004

You used to love me, yesterday.
But now you left me, you've gone away.
So I've been searchin', the lonely night through.
Lookin' for another lover like you.

(Chorus)
Another lover,
Someone who won't leave me 'lone and blue,
Another lover,
Who can love me like you used to do.

When we met, I lost control.
You hypnotized me, you stole my soul.
You chewed me up, and now you're spittin' me out.
I was a fool, and there's no doubt.

(Chorus 2)
I need a lover,
Someone who won't leave me 'lone and blue,
Another lover,
Who can love me like you used to do.

Love's a gamble, every day.
Get what you give, that's what they say.
You want to leave me. You don't have to linger.
Gave you my ring, you just gave me the finger.

(Chorus 2)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req:I Gave Her the Ring(She Gave Me the Finger
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Jul 10 - 11:57 PM

That song was written by a fellow named Lout Tully in California. I recorded it with him in 1994, we had been performing it live for several year.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req:I Gave Her the Ring(She Gave Me the Finger
From: Ron Davies
Date: 11 Nov 10 - 09:47 PM

Lyrics sound great--is it on any CD other than the Time-Life set?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req:I Gave Her the Ring(She Gave Me the Fi
From: GUEST,johnny
Date: 04 Jan 13 - 06:05 AM

there was a cash box #6 by james vanderburgh & the vandals


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Subject: Lyr Add: I GAVE HER THE RING (SHE GAVE ME THE...)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 04 Jan 13 - 12:13 PM

What do you want to bet this song title first circulated on the Internet in one of those joking fictitious lists of "world's worst country songs"--and then two (or more) different people independently decided to turn it into an actual song?


I GAVE HER THE RING (SHE GAVE ME THE FINGER)
As sung by Crow Carroll on the various-artists album "Honky-Tonk Juke Box Special" (1996)

I've never been a country Casanova.
I always get my heart broke right in half.
Of the girls I've ever had, all my luck has ever been bad.
I'm just happy I can still look back an' laugh.

Well, the first girl that I loved was good for nothin'.
The only thing she did was make me cry.
But I don't know if I ever will forget her,
But you can bet that I'm sure gonna try.

CHORUS: 'Cause I gave her the ring and she gave me the finger.
It must 'a' been somethin' I said.
And old memories are just startin' to linger,
Just ramblin' around in my head.

The second girl I loved was out for money.
I used to call her Money-Hungry Marge.
When she found out I was poor, she just headed for the door,
But not before she stole my Master Charge.

CHORUS

Now the last girl could have been on Charlie's Angels.
She even had that California smile.
Although she had a Farrah-Fawcett hairdo,
I found she had the brains of Gomer Pyle.

CHORUS TWICE

Just ramblin' around in my head,
Just ramblin' around in my head.


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Subject: Lyr Add: I GAVE HER A RING SHE GAVE ME THE FINGER
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Jan 13 - 09:19 AM

I GAVE HER A RING SHE GAVE ME THE FINGER
As sung by Juanita Ford* on "Music from the Heart" (2008)

1. I never was much of a drinker,
Well, as far as I remember back.
Tonight she won't cloud my mem'ry,
Not with this bottle of Jack.
I'm tryin' like hell to forget that girl.
I treated her like a treasure,
But tonight with old Jack Daniels,
He and I are gonna forget her.

CHORUS: I gave her a ring; she gave me the finger.
Never thought she'd turn out to be
A little she-devil in disguise
And make a big fool out of me.
She had a heart as cold as ice
Behind her angel eyes so bright.
I gave her a ring; she gave me the finger,
S'why Jack and I'm crazy tonight.

2. I never thought that a heart
Could be so mean and cruel.
Turn a so-called man like me
Into a first-class fool.
Tonight with Jack and this barstool,
Feelin' I'm a hundred-ninety-two,
I know now how it feels to be treated
Like a worn-out tool.

[* That's the name on the album; it's actually a man's voice on this cut, but there's a woman's voice on several others.]


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