The year that Clayton Delaney died    (video)


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1. I remember the year that Clayton Delaney died,

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    they said for the last two weeks that he suffered and cried.

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    It made a big impression on me, although I was a barefoot kid,

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    they said he got religion at the end, and I'm glad that he did.


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2. Clayton was the best guitar picker in our town,

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    I thought he was a hero and I used to follow Clayton around.

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    I often wondered why Clayton, who seemed so good to me,

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    never took his guitar and made it down in Tennosee.


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3. Well, Daddy said he drank a lot, but I could never understand,

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    I knew he used to pick up in Ohio with a five-piece band.

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    Clayton used to tell me, son, you better put that old guitar away,

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    there ain't no money in it, it'll lead you to an early grave.


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4. I guess if I'd admit it, Clayton taught me how to drink booze,

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    I can see him half-stoned, a-pickin' out the Lovesick Blues.


    When Clayton died I made him a promise,


    I was gonna carry on, somehow,

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    I'd give a hundred dollars         if he could only see me now.










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5. I remember the year that Clayton Delaney died,

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    nobody ever knew it, but I went out in the woods and I cried.


    Well, I know there's a lotta big preachers


    that know a lot more than I do.

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    but it could be that the Good Lord likes a little pickin', too.

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    Yeah, I remember the year that Clayton Delaney died.


(orig. = capo 1st)    (Tom T. Hall)