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Tom T. Hall

For The People In The Last Hard Town

(# 3 top country album)
(# 149 top pop album)

Mercury SRM1-687
Nov / 1973

Produced by Jerry Kennedy

Cover image of For The People In The Last Hard Town

Jerry Kennedy - guitar/dobro
Harold Bradley, Ray Edenton, Chip Young - guitar
Bob Moore - bass
Buddy Harman - drums
Vassar Clements - fiddle
Hargus Pig Robbins - piano/organ
Charlie McCoy - harmonica/vibes
Strings:
The Nashville String Machine
Vocals:
Millie Kirkham, Trish Williams
The Jordanaires
Arrangements by Cam Mullins
Recorded:
Feb-Sep/1973, Mercury Custom Recording Studio, Nashville
Engineering: Tom Sparkman

1.

(# 1 country hit)
(# 12 pop hit)

I Love

Tom T. Hall

© Hallnote Music, BMI

I love little baby ducks
Old pickup trucks
Slow movin' trains and rain
I love little country streams
Sleep without dreams
Sunday school in May and hay
And I love you too

I love leaves in the wind
Pictures of my friends
Birds of the world and squirrels
I love coffee in a cup
Little fuzzy pups
Bourbon in a glass and grass
And I love you too

I love honest open smiles
Kisses from a child
Tomatos on the vine and onions
I love winners when they cry
Losers when they try
Music when it's good and life
And I love you too

**********

2.

Country Cabin-Itis

Tom T. Hall

© Hallnote Music, BMI

I have been to New York City I have traveled there in style
It's a big convenient city but there ain't no country miles
I have put my hand inside the hands of men who could not see
What the singin' of a bluebird means to me

I got that country cabin-itis in my soul
It will comfort me in trouble be my friend when I am old
I have got to bring my country brothers back into the fold
I got that country cabin-itis in my soul

Ol' wood burnin' stove fried chicken warm linoleum on the floor
Sunday preachin' Monday cussin' and the girl that lives next door
I have done some heavy thinkin' I have suffered with the load
Just like runnin' barefoot down the gravel road

I got that country cabin-itis in my soul...

I have known myself when others never knew me much at all
Sometimes it was the gettin' up that hurt more than the fall
I am not concerned with money I am not concerned with toys
Didn't they tell you Jesus was a country boy

I got that country cabin-itis in my soul...
Got that country cabin-itis in my soul...

**********

3.

Back When We Were Young

Tom T. Hall

© Hallnote Music, BMI

Back when we were young
Everybody came to see us
Everybody wanted to be us
Back when we were young
We loved each other so
All our friends told one another
And we even told each other
Back when we were young

It was laughin' it was dancin' it was cigarettes and bourbon flavored kisses
It was alligator shoes and new blue suits and anything that money wishes
It was sittin' up all night and waitin' for the dawn to bring another wondrous day
It was holdin' hands and thinkin' that tomorrow is a million years away

Back when we were young...

It was rollin' sevens every time and thinkin' it was never ever gonna end
Back then we even thought of time itself as bein' something of a passing friend
It was buyin' one another things we didn't need and birthdays were so corny
Back then we even had some friends live as far away as California
Back when we were young

**********

4.

Subdivision Blues

Tom T. Hall

© Hallnote Music, BMI

Out on the edge of town I bought a two-room brick
Moved in as soon as I got the plumbin' all fixed
Makin' them payments worked my fingers to the bone
Anything I had to do to get myself a home

There was water in the basement it looked like a swimmin' pool
The man said son that water'll help to keep your cottage cool
The Welcome Wagon brought me out some sleepin' pills and booze
I got the mean old subdivision blues

Somebody came and knocked my fence down just the other day
Tore up my yard and hauled my lawn-mower away
Shot out my windows with the BB gun
A boxer down the street came by and beat up my son

So I went out and bought myself a big ol' German dog
The man behind me saw me and he started raisin' hogs
A nineteen year old girl next door is sunnin' in the nude
I got those mean old subdivision blues

But I bought my house because it was located near a school
Now a bus comes by and takes my kids to Istanbul
The guy next door just bought his son a brand new saxophone
The man behind me sued him cause his hogs were leavin' home

My buddy left his wife and now he's livin' in a tent
A hippie sued me cause I did not have a room to rent
They built a trailer park before I had a chance to move
I got them mean old subdivision blues
[ harmonica ]
Well I moved out in the country just as far as I could go
I couldn't even get the Grand Ole Opry on the radio
I guess you know what happened just as soon as I moved in
The man across the valley started clearin' off his land

The law came out and said that I would have to move my barn
They said the man next door was gonna subdivide his farm
They auctioned off my farm to build the state another school
I got the mean old subdivision blues

Well the other night I dreamed I died and I went right straight to hell
I don't know what I did but you know you can never tell
They handed me a key and handed me a little map
They said you got a place to live we'll show you where it's at

They took me to a two room brick just on the edge of town
With thirty thousand other little houses fallin' down
A million years to pay it off with payments overdue
It's hell to have the subdivision blues
Got those mean old subdivision blues

**********

5.

Running Wild

Tom T. Hall - Alan Pace

© Hallnote Music, BMI

In the shadow of the saddle running wild and running free
In a herd of running mustangs there's a part of you and me
Broken spirit broken promises make them fear the sight of man
In the shadow of the saddle lives the wild horse bronco band

Call 'em cayuse call 'em broncos
Call 'em mustangs call 'em free
In the shadow of the saddle
Let them run boys let them be
[ harmonica ]
We have changed the land and water just to fit our selfish needs
Now the shadow of the saddle falls across these gallant steeds
Oh the Spanish and the Indians gave them freedom in the sun
In the name of God and Nature let them run boys let them run

Call 'em cayuse call 'em broncos...

**********

6.

Joe Don't Let Your Music Kill You

Tom T. Hall

© Hallnote Music, BMI

Joe don't let your music kill ya
It's a thing that supposed to fill ya
It's a thing that supposed to make you happy
Takin' pills and drinkin' whiskey
Pickin' can be mighty risky
Joe don't let your music kill ya nobody cares

That song that you've been singin' it's not what you think
I know you've seen some sunny days
You love your music but you love your life
And there's nothin' silent like a grave

Joe don't let your music kill ya...

Hunger can be killed with a can of beans
Don't let 'em tell you that I'm wrong
You got a good woman and she's got her dreams
Don't hang your life up for a song

Joe don't let your music kill ya...
Joe don't let your music kill ya...

**********

7.

Pay No Attention To Alice

Tom T. Hall

© Hallnote Music, BMI

I went to see an old army buddy of mine to do some drinkin'
And his wife had become an alcoholic
And I wrote a song about it

Pay no attention to Alice
She's drunk all the time
Hooked on that wine bunches of it
And it ruined her mind
Pay no attention to Alice
They say she's a sot sane she is not
But she loves it and it's all she's got

She made that apple pie from a memory
Made them biscuits from a recollection that she had
She cooked that chicken too long but she don't know that
Oh what the hell it ain't too bad

Pay no attention to Alice she's drunk all the time...

Don't talk about the war I was a coward
Talk about fishin' and all the good times raisin' hell
Empty that one down we'll get another
It's gettin' late we might as well

Well we ran your car into a ditch man don't sweat it
I know Ben down at the Shell Station he'll get it out
Alice put your ashes in that ashtray
I swear woman you're gonna burn down the house

Pay no attention to Alice she's drunk all the time

**********

8.

I Know Who I'll Be Seeing In New Zealand

Tom T. Hall

© Hallnote Music, BMI

I know who I'll be seein' in New Zealand
If I ever return and I want to
I know who I'll be seein' in New Zealand
If I ever get back and I hope I'll do
I'll see you

Looking out the window at a blue New Zealand sky
Watchin' all the quiet gentle people goin' by
Far away from what they call the madding crowd
Dreaming in the land of the long white clouds

I know who I'll be seeing in New Zealand...

Rebecca I love you and I want you to know
I think about you almost everywhere I go
You have what has been described as improbable charm
I hope the future keeps you happy and warm

I know who I'll be seeing in New Zealand
I'll see you

**********

9.

Never Having You

Tom T. Hall

© Hallnote Music, BMI

I guess I'll go through life never having you
I guess I'll go out of this world never having you

There's no way for me to love you
At this late date it wouldn't be the same
There's no way for me to win you
I'm so far behind it's so late in the game

I know I'll go through life...
[ fiddle ]
I know I'll go through life...

I must believe in reincarnation
I got to have another chance with you
You're wrapped up in your situation
You are music and I'm so far out of tune

I guess I'll go through life...

I get mad when I think about it
I know I'm a free thinking fool
This hunger is eatin' my heart out
I'm a lunatic and you are so super cool

I know I'll go through life...

**********

10.

Love's Been Good To Me

Rod McKuen

© Almo Music, ASCAP

I have been a rover I have walked alone
Hiked a hundred highways never found a home
Still in all I'm happy the reason is you see
Once in a while along the way love's been good to me

There was a girl in Portland before the winter chill
We used to go out courtin' along October Hill
She could laugh away the dark clouds cry away the snow
Seems like only yesterday down the road I go

I have been a rover I have walked alone...

There was a girl in Houston out where the hot winds blow
Why I had to leave her God Almighty knows
She could take the long hot summer cool it with a sigh
Words have no more wisdom when it's time to say goodbye

I have been a rover I have walked alone...

**********

11.

Last Hard Town

Tom T. Hall

© Hallnote Music, BMI

Woke up on a bus and heard the driver say friend fill it up with No 2
Wondered where I was and wondered what today would be demanding me to do
It's not for me the last cause I'm just goin' where life's sendin' me I guess
The thing that keeps us goin' is the good folks in the last hard town we met

I sat pickin' on my guitar till I saw the new sun comin' through the skies
Ain't it funny how the truth is sometimes written on an artificial high
Carry water from the well until you know that all the children are refreshed
The thing that keeps us goin' is the good folks in the last hard town we met

We were drinking too much yesterday nobody's ever told us what's enough
The ones we should've prayed for more than likely were the ones we had to cuss
They applauded as we killed ourselves but angels don't have bourbon on their breath
The thing that keeps us goin' is the good folks in the last hard town we met
[ guitar ]
They came to see the people that they thought we were and never changed their minds
They explained away that difference cause the folks who love a picker can be blind
They misunderstood the words but understood that our intentions were the best
The thing that keeps us goin' is the good folks in the last hard town we met

What a picker does for others is the thing he's mainly doin' for himself
There were friends and there were neighbors but the good homes that we came from didn't help
If there's anything you'd like to say about us after we have gone to rest
We would like someone to mention all the good folks in the last hard town we met

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