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Son Of Hickory Hollers Tramp

Song Author Dallas Frazier Performer: Kenny Rogers Submitted by: Anonymous
[C]The corn was dry the [F]weeds were high when [C]Daddy took to drinking
When [F]him and Lucy [C]Walker they took up and run [G7]away   
Mama [C]cried a [F]tear and then she [C]promised fourteen children
I [F]swear you'll never [G7]see a hungry [C]day  

[C]Oh the [G7]path was deep and wide from footsteps [F]leading to our [C]cabin
Above the [F]door there [G7]burned a scarlet [C]lamp
And [G7]late at night a hand would knock
And [F]there would stand a [C]stranger
I'm the [F]son of [G7]Hickory Holler's [C]tramp

Mama sacrificed her [F]pride and [C]neighbors started talking
But I was [F]much too young to [C]understand the things they[G7] said
The t[C]hings that mattered  [F]most of all was [C]Mama's chicken dumplings
And a [F]goodnight kiss [G7]before we went to[C] bed

When Daddy left and [F]destitution [C]came upon our family
Not [F]one neighbor [C]volunteered to give a helping [G7]hand   
So let [C]'em gossip [F]all they want she [C]loved us and she raised us                      F                        G7         C
The proof is standing here a full grown man

Last summer Mama [F]passed away and [C]left the ones who loved her
[F]Each and every [C]one is more than grateful for his [G7]birth
[C]Each Sunday she [F]receives a fresh [C]bouquet of fourteen roses
And a [F]card that says to the [G7]greatest Mom on [C]earth

[C]Oh the [G7]path was deep and wide from footsteps [F]leading to our [C]cabin
Above the [F]door there [G7]burned a scarlet [C]lamp
And [G7]late at night a hand would knock
And [F]there would stand a [C]stranger
I'm the [F]son of [G7]Hickory Holler's [C]tramp

The corn was dry the weeds were high when Daddy took to drinking
When him and Lucy Walker they took up and run away
Mama cried a tear and then she promised fourteen children
I swear you'll never see a hungry day

Oh the path was deep and wide from footsteps leading to our cabin
Above the door there burned a scarlet lamp
And late at night a hand would knock
And there would stand a stranger
I'm the son of Hickory Holler's tramp

Mama sacrificed her pride and neighbors started talking
But I was much too young to understand the things they said
The things that mattered  most of all was Mama's chicken dumplings
And a goodnight kiss before we went to bed

When Daddy left and destitution came upon our family
Not one neighbor volunteered to give a helping hand
So let 'em gossip all they want she loved us and she raised us                      F                        G7         C
The proof is standing here a full grown man

Last summer Mama passed away and left the ones who loved her
Each and every one is more than grateful for his birth
Each Sunday she receives a fresh bouquet of fourteen roses
And a card that says to the greatest Mom on earth

Oh the path was deep and wide from footsteps leading to our cabin
Above the door there burned a scarlet lamp
And late at night a hand would knock
And there would stand a stranger
I'm the son of Hickory Holler's tramp

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