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Tom T. Hall

The Storyteller

(# 8 top country album)

Mercury SR-61368
Sep / 1972

Produced by Jerry Kennedy

Cover image of The Storyteller

Jerry Kennedy - guitar/dobro
Ray Edenton, Chip Young - rh.guitar
Harold Bradley - bass guitar
Pete Drake - steel
Bob Moore - bass
Buddy Harman - drums
Hargus Pig Robbins - piano
Charlie McCoy - harmonica/vibes/el.bass
George Tidwell - trumpet
Strings:
The Nashville String Machine
Vocals:
Millie Kirkham, June Page, Trish Williams, Joe Babcock,
Hoyt Hawkins, Gordon Stoker, Ray Walker, Bergen White, Hurshel Wiginton
Arrangements by Cam Mullins
Recorded:
Jul/1972, Mercury Custom Recording Studio, Nashville
Engineering: Tom Sparkman

1.

(# 26 country hit)

More About John Henry

Tom T. Hall

© Hallnote Music, BMI

The Storytellers and I were doin' a show down in Meridian Mississippi
And these friends of mine came up and brought me this real old book about John Henry
And they told me if they let me read this old book I'd probably write a song about it
And they did and I did and I called it More About John Henry

First of all John Henry was a black man
He was born where the sun don't ever shine
He was six feet tall he didn't know his own strength
But he did not swing the hammer all the time
Of course he didn't John Henry had some women on his mind

There was a woman cross the street named Poor Selma
Loved John Henry like a natural man
John Henry quit Poor Selma just like he was quittin' work
He loved that stinger-ree of Julie Anne
And what is it a stinger-ree is somethin' else you understand

There was a man named Stacker Lee in Argenta
A little man with a big 44
You know he shot his woman down and took a shot at Poor Selma
But ol' Stacker won't be shootin' anymore
He had to quit it John Henry laid him dead on the floor

John Henry threw Stacker Lee in the river
Then he said I've got a say so to say
He broke out in a song that was wrote by Blind Leonard
He said Julie Anne I'm singin' my say
He said I love you but I do not like your lowdown ways

Well John Henry went to a conjurin' woman
Said this mis'ry ain't no way to live
Somebody's back door creepin' on my pretty Julie Anne
Conjure woman had a say so to give
She said John Henry she said that's just the way things is

Well John Henry went to a hell bustin' man
Said I'm tormented deep in my soul
Well that hell buster prayed John Henry's sins away
And they tell me that the thunder did roll
Sweet Jesus what a frightenin' sight to behold

From that day on John Henry was a changed man
All he did was just work all the time
Well he worked till the muscles in his body gave out
Then he kept right on a workin' in his mind
Don't do it cause a man ain't supposed to work all the time

Julie Anne said John Henry I love you
Poor Selma said John Henry you're my man
Ruby said I'm gonna cook ye up some greens and some lean meat
With corn bread in a four foot pan
With lotsa cracklins but John Henry was a diff'rent kinda man

Well they allow that hard work killed John Henry hmm
I'm gonna leave that allowin' up to you hmm
Well wad he killed by hard work or was he killed by bad women
Be sure that this ain't happenin' to you
Quit workin' when your day's work work is through
Cause a man ain't supposed to work all the time
And ain't that just the way the things is
A stinger-ree is somethin' else you understand
Quit workin' when your your day's work is through
God bless you

**********

2.

When Nobody Wants Your Body Anymore

Tom T. Hall

© Hallnote Music, BMI

You were meant for me and there ain't no two ways about it
Even on my darkest days oh they couldn't make me doubt it
Someday things are gonna be the way they were before
When nobody wants your body anymore

Leave me I don't worry darlin' you'll be back
Honey I'm not braggin' I'm just statin' facts
The ocean always brings each piece of driftwood back to shore
When nobody wants your body anymore
[ guitar ]
I know they have you now sweetheart they don't know what they got
Heaven is still heaven when the weather ain't so hot
When all is done that will be done you'll knock upon my door
When nobody wants your body anymore

Leave me I don't worry darlin' you'll be back...

Unless somebody wants my body before

**********

3.

Windy City Anne

Tom T. Hall

© Hallnote Music, BMI

Chicago gets along so well without me
Though I'd go to Indiana for a while
The wind comes off the lakes so cold it freezes
Chicago didn't try to make me smile

She told me that she was a Spanish gypsy
A black band round her neck to prove her race
She said she'd like to do some drinking with me
But the dishes were all dirty at her place

I'd like to know and understand your people
But I can't meet 'em all you understand
All I really know about Chicago
Is what I learned from Windy City Anne
[ piano ]
I guess she taught me some about Chicago
There were lines of discontent there in her face
For what she helped me know about Chicago
I helped her do the dishes at her place

The sounds of old Chicago through the windows
I gathered up my thoughts to meet the day
I stayed and helped her dirty up the dishes
Rememberin' I found them all that way

I'd like to know and understand your people...
[ piano ]
The bus pulled out to Fort Wayne Indiana
Chicago slowly faded out of sight
I suppose the people are just people
It was just another Windy City night

I'd like to know and understand your people...

Now I learned a lot from Windy City Ann

**********

4.

Story Of Your Life Is In Your Face

Tom T. Hall

© Hallnote Music, BMI

I was sittin' down in Hong Kong in a bar
Pickin' and a singin' my way west with my guitar
I talked to some ol' sailor just to pass away the time
And he said something that stuck in my mind

He said the story of your life is in your face
It's written there in little subtle lines
The story of your life is in your face
What's written on your face has been heavy on your mind

He touched my face with his hands old and frail
They were scared and weather beaten by the oceans he had sailed
He said it's written in your face the times that you've been hurt
And he said mighty is the power of the skirt

And he said the story of your life is in your face...
[ guitar ]
He said the lines say you're a travelin' man
I said that ain't no revelation seein' where I am
He said in this ole world our paths may never cross again
Just remember what I'm tellin' you my friend

And he said the story of your life is in your face...

There are some things we cannot seem to hide
We sometimes lie about them cause it satisfies our pride
There are some things we can't escape no matter how we try
Cause it's written in our face and in our eyes

And he said the story of your life is in your face...
And he said the story of your life is in your face...

**********

5.

Willy The Wandering Gypsy And Me

Billy Joe Shaver

© Return Music, BMI

Three fingers whiskey pleasures the drinker
But movin' does more than that drinkin' for me
Willy he tells me that doers and thinkers
Say movin's the closest thing to bein' free

He rosined his riggin he laid back his wages
He's dead set on ridin' the big rodeos
My woman's tight with an overdue baby
And Willy keeps yellin' hey big T let's go

Willy you're wild as a Texas Blue Norther
Ready rolled from the same makins as me
And I reckon we'll ramble till hell freezes over
Willy the wanderin' Gypsy and me

Now ladies we surely will take up your pleasures
But I've got to warn ya there never will be
A single soul livin' can put brand or handle
On Willy the wanderin' Gypsy and me

Well they dance on the mountains and they shout in the canyons
And they swarm in a loose herd like the wild buffalos
Jammin' our heads full of figures and angles
And tellin' us stuff that we already know

Willy you're wild as a Texas Blue Norther...
Would you believe Billy Joe Shaver and me

**********

6.

St. Louis Named A Shoe After Me

Tom T. Hall

© Hallnote Music, BMI

You know what I've been doin' honey since you said goodbye
I've been gettin' close to walkin' my one millionth mile
I walked the floor so much just thinkin' where could you be
St Louis named a shoe after me

St Louis is famous for its shoes don't you know
Loafers and sneakers and they're makin' them all with soul
Honey I walked so doggone much since you set me free
St Louis named a shoe after me

When I was walkin' all night long and steppin' on my tears
It never dawned on me that someone out there really cared
I walked the floor so well I'm gonna do it on TV
St Louis named a shoe after me

St Louis is famous for its shoes don't you know...
[ trumpet ]
Well don't think that I'm braggin' I don't care about that shoe
Come on home before they name a river for me too
They're just feelin' sorry for me that's plain to see
St Louis named a shoe after me

St Louis is famous for its shoes don't you know...

St Louis named a shoe after me
Well you know they didn't name it after Jerry Lee
St Louis named a shoe after me

**********

7.

(# 1 country hit)

Old Dogs Children And Watermelon Wine

Tom T. Hall

© Hallnote Music, BM

How old do you think I am he said I said well I didn't know
He said I turned sixty five about eleven months ago
I was sittin' in Miami pourin' blended whiskey down
When this old grey black gentleman was cleanin' up the lounge

There wasn't anyone around 'cept this old man and me
The guy who ran the bar was watchin' Ironsides on TV
Uninvited he sat down and opened up his mind
On old dogs and children and watermelon wine

Ever had a drink of watermelon wine he asked
He told me all about it though I didn't answer back
Ain't but three things in this world that's worth a solitary dime
But old dogs and children and watermelon wine

He said women think about theyselves when menfolk ain't around
And friends are hard to find when they discover that you're down
He said I tried it all when I was young and in my natural prime
Now it's old dogs and children and watermelon wine

Old dogs care about you even when you make mistakes
God bless little children while they're still too young to hate
When he moved away I found my pen and copied down that line
Bout old dogs and children and watermelon wine
[ harmonica ]
I had to catch a plane up to Atlanta that next day
As I left for my room I saw him pickin' up my change
That night I dreamed in peaceful sleep of shady summertime
Of old dogs and children and watermelon wine

**********

8.

Rolling Mills Of Middletown

Tom T. Hall

© Hallnote Music, BMI

The rollin' mills of Middletown roll on roll on roll on

I knew him well old friend of mine from down Kentucky way
We had some high good times my friend back in our younger days
I knew he shouldn't marry any woman quite that wild
Then later on I learned that she had been expectin' a child
He got his job at makin' steel and bought himself a home
Where the rollin' mills of Middletown roll on roll on roll on

Well there's money in those steel mills boys and he made quite a bit
He worked all night she shopped all day bought ev'rything that fit
A helper on the BOF three thousand degrees at a round
His wife was just about that hot in the bars in ol' Middletown
Of course he was the last to know oh but listen to my song
While the rollin' mills of Middletown roll on roll on roll on
[ guitar ]
One night the foreman on his turn said cool down No 2
And he told my friend to go on home as soon as he was through
He stopped into a little bar to have a good cold beer
His woman and some dayturn guy were dancin' closely there
Oh I knew him well and in his mind there must have been a storm
While the rollin' mills of Middletown roll on roll on roll on

They say he never spoke a word he just turned and walked away
And no one knows exactly what took place that fateful day
Some say they saw him near the tracks at furnace No 1
With heat so hot the hubs of hell would seem just barely warm
Well they never saw my friend again did he do something wrong
While the rollin' mills of Middletown Ohio roll on roll on roll on

**********

9.

Grandma Whistled

Tom T. Hall

© Hallnote Music, BMI

Everybody has their music that they like to sing and play
Everybody had a song they like to sing along life's way
I have never heard my favorite music on the radio
For my song was silenced many years ago

I can see my grandma sittin' on the front porch with a churn
Her face was brown and wrinkled from the lessons she had learned
Sometimes when I'm tired and weary I can hear that music yet
Grandma whistlin' What A Friend We Have In Jesus
[ whisle ]
Well us younger folks were known for all the hell that we could raise
I must admit we had some good times in the good ole days
Wake up in the early morning and sometimes my head would hurt
But my grandma always whistled while she worked

Now there's folk and rock'n roll and country music all around
And that modern gospel singin' makes a mighty pretty sound
But the sweetest sound of all is in my memory I guess
Grandma whistlin' What A Friend We Have In Jesus
[ whistle ]
They say some girls can't whistle but my grandma really could
In those ol' Kentucky hard times oh it sounded awfully good
With a song to pass the time with and the love she had for me
She will live forever in my memory

Now they say that they have music in that home beyond the sky
Now there's one song I'll request if I should get there by and by
Well there may be many singin' but I know who'll be the best
Grandma whistlin' What A Friend We Have In Jesus
[ whistle ]


**********

10.

Piece Of The Road

Tom T. Hall

© Hallnote Music, BMI

I know somewhere they are drivin' lovin' women makin' money all the time
And ever since I was a little boy that's all I've ever had on the mind
I had always been a music man I loved anything that rolls
And all I want is a piece of the road

Piece of the road
A part of that traffic that's passin' me by
Piece of the road
A piece of that great big pie in the sky
Want you to use me like you want to Lord
But lemme carry a part of the load
Cause all I want is a piece of the road

Well forgive me if I love it just a little too much but you see
I have always been a part of the road and the road is such a big part of me
Well each man has his calling and mine is to rattle and roll
And all I want is a piece of the road

Piece of the road...

Well I ain't too good but I ain't too bad
Though I've been sorry for some things that I've done
I've got to have a piece of the road before I reach the end of my run
You know time ain't no friend to no man I've got to get a road on this show
Cause all I want is a piece of the road

A piece of the road
A part of that traffic that's passin' me by
Piece of the road
A piece of that great big pie in the sky
Want you to use me like you want to Lord
But lemme carry a part of the load
Cause all I want never wanted is a piece of the road

Now I wanna go to Dallas Fort Worth Los Angeles New York Chicago
St Louis Olive Hill Kentucky
All I travel around and see all of them people
And pick and sing

**********

11.

One More Song For Jesus

Tom T. Hall

© Hallnote Music, BMI

We've traveled this world over in our day and in our time
We've heard some songs that made no sense and some that did not rhyme
We may never sing another song there ain't no way to know
But let's have one more song for Jesus 'fore we go

Oh we may not live the letter of the law and live that truth
Judged and criticized for almost everything we do
But they cannot stop our singing though they're holier than we
Let's have one more song for Jesus if you please
[ guitar ]
They say they're gonna burn us in a not too distant day
I don't think we should buy that cause it just ain't Jesus' way
Now they say he's mean and vicious and there's nothin' that he won't do
They must know a different Jesus than we do

Oh we may not live the letter of the law and live that truth...
[ guitar ]
Some atheist may tell us he was just another man
Some say that he's a superstar and they're his biggest fans
He means so much to so many that I think you will agree
We oughta have one more song for Jesus if you please

Oh we may not live the letter of the law and be that true
Judged and criticized for almost everything we do
But they cannot stop our singing though they're holier than we
So let's have one more song for Jesus if you please

We oughta have one more song for Jesus if you please
Let's have one more song for Jesus on our knees
Let's have one more song for Jesus if you please

**********



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