Old dogs, children and watermelon wine    (video)    (midi)


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1. How old do you think I am ? he said,         I said, well, I didn’t know.

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    He said I turned 65 about      11 months ago.

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    I was sitting in Miami pouring blended whisky down,

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    when this old, grey, black gentleman       was cleaning up the lounge.


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2. There wasn't any one around ‘cept this old man and me,

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    the guy who ran bar was watching Ironsides       on tv.

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    Uninvited         he sat down and opened up his mind,

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    on old dogs and children        and watermelon wine.


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3.    Ever had a drink of watermelon wine ? he asked.

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    He told me all about it, though I didn't answer back.

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    Ain't but three things in this world that's worth a solitary dime,

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    but old dogs and children and       watermelon wine.


(orig. moves up half a note to capo 4th here)


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4. He said, women think about themselves

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    when their men-folk aren't around,

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    and friends are hard to find when they discover that you're down.

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    He said, I tried it all, when I was young and in my natural prime,

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    now it's old dogs and children        and watermelon wine.








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5. Old dogs care about you even when you make mistakes,

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    God bless little children while they're still too young to hate.

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    When he moved away I found my pen and copied down that line

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    ‘bout old dogs and children        and watermelon wine.


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(orig. moves up half a note to capo 5th here)


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6.    I had to catch a plane up to Atlanta the next day,

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    as I left for my room I saw him       picking up my change.

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    That night I dreamed in peaceful sleep of shady summer times,

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    of old dogs and children       and watermelon wine.


(orig. = capo 3rd)    (Tom. T. Hall)