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Johnny Cash

The Christmas Guest

It happened one day near December's end,
Two neighbors called on an old friend.
And they found his shop so meager and lean
Made gay with thousand bows of green
And Conrad was sitting with face a-shine
When he suddenly stopped as he stitched a twine
And he said 'Old friends, at dawn today,
When the cock was crowing the night away
The Lord appeared in a dream to me
And said 'I'm coming your guest to be.'
So I've been busy with feet astir
Strewing my shop with branches of fern.
The table is spread and the kettle is shined.
And over the rafters the holly is twined.
Now I'll wait for my Lord to appear
And listen closely so I will hear
His step as He nears my humble place.
And I'll open the door and look on His face.
So his friends went home and left Conrad alone
For this was the happiest day he had known,
For long since, his family had passed away
And Conrad had spent many a sad Christmas Day.
But he knew with the Lord as his Christmas Guest
This Christmas would be the dearest and best.
So he listened with only joy in his heart
And with every sound he would rise with a start
And look for the Lord to be at his door.
Like the vision he had had a few hours before.
So he ran to the window after hearing a sound
But all he could see on the snow covered ground
Was a shabby beggar whose shoes were torn
And all of his clothes were ragged and worn.
But Conrad was touched and he went to the door
And he said, 'You know, your feet must be frozen and sore.
I have some shoes in my shop for you
And a coat that will keep you warmer too.'
So with grateful heart the man went away
But Conrad noticed the time of day
And wondered what made the Lord so late
And how much longer he'd have to wait.
When he heard a knock, he ran to the door
But it was only a stranger once more.
A bent old lady with a shawl of black
With a bundle of kindling piled on her back.
She asked for only a place to rest
But that was reserved for Conrad's Great Guest.
But her voice seemed to plead 'Don't send me away,
Let me rest for awhile on Christmas Day',
So Conrad brewed her a steaming cup
And told her to sit at the table and sup.
But after she left he was filled with dismay
For he saw that the hours were slipping away
And the Lord hadn't come as he said he would.
Then Conrad felt sure he had misunderstood.
When out of the stillness he heard a cry
'Please help me and tell me where am I?'
So again he opened his friendly door
And stood disappointed as twice before.
It was only a child who'd wandered away
And was lost from her family on Christmas Day.
Again Conrad's heart was heavy and sad
But he knew he should make the little girl glad.
So he called her in and he wiped her tears
And quieted all her childish fears.
Then he led her back to her home once more
But as he entered his own darkened door
He knew the Lord was not coming today.
For the hours of Christmas had passed away
So he went to his room and knelt down to pray
And he said 'Dear Lord, why did you delay?
What kept you from coming to call on me?
For I wanted so much your face to see.'
When soft in the silence a voice he heard.
'Lift up your head for I kept my word.
Three times my shadow crossed your floor
And three times I came to your lonely door.
I was the beggar with bruised, cold feet
And I was the woman you gave something to eat.
I was the child on the homeless street.
Three times I knocked, and three times I came in.
And each time I found the warmth of a friend.
Of all the gifts, love is the best.
And I was honored to be your Christmas Guest.
 

Don't Take Your Guns To Town

A young cowboy named Billy Joe grew restless on the farm
A boy filled with wanderlust, who really meant no harm
He changed his clothes, and shined his boots
And combed his dark hair down
And his mother cried as he walked out...
 
Don't take your guns to town son
Leave your guns at home, Bill
Don't take your guns to town
 
He laughed and kissed his mom
And said, your Billy Joe's a man
I can shoot as quick and straight as anybody can
But I wouldn't shoot without a cause
I'd gun nobody down
But she cried again as he rode away...
 
Don't take your guns to town son
Leave your guns at home, Bill
Don't take your guns to town
 
He sang a song as on he rode
His guns hung at his hips
He rode into a cattle town
A smile upon his lips
He stopped and walked into a bar
And laid his money down
But his mother's words echoed again...
 
Don't take your guns to town son
Leave your guns at home, Bill
Don't take your guns to town
 
He drank his first strong liquor then to calm his shaking hand
And tried to tell himself at last, he had become a man
A dusty cowpoke at his side began to laugh him down
And he heard again his mothers words...
 
Don't take your guns to town son
Leave your guns at home, Bill
Don't take your guns to town
 
Filled with rage then
Billy Joe reached for his gun to draw
But the stranger drew his gun and fired
Before he even saw
As Billy Joe fell to the floor
The crowd all gathered 'round
And wondered at his final words...
 
Don't take your guns to town son
Leave your guns at home, Bill
Don't take your guns to town
 

Come Take a Trip in My Airship

'And she spread her wings and she flew
Yup, the nation was flying now, taken to the air
In a few hours time you could fly over all those trails
Blazed by the pioneers
 
Phonographs were playing the hit songs of the day
'Alexander's Ragtime Band', 'My Mother Was a Lady'
And here's a song my mama sing
Back about 1910 or 1915'
 
Come, take a trip in my airship
Come, take a trip 'round the stars
Come, take a sail around Venus
Come, take a sail around Mars
 
No one to watch while we're kissin'
No one to see while we spoon
Come, take a trip in my airship
We'll visit the man in the moon
 

Cup Of Coffee

Man it sure is good to hear you singin' and yodelin' and pickin' again Jack Elliot
I been drivin' haulin' load of grain all day long
Got about three more hundred miles to go
And well I just dropped in to have a cup of coffee friend
Yeah I just dropped in to have a cup of coffee friend
Don't you offer me none of that whiskey don't need no wine
Gotta get that semi down the line
Sure good to see you again Jack been a long time now
How's Flo you still married to old Flo ain't you ha ha ha
Well just coffee thank you thank you very much
Whoa whoa well well it will cool it down a little bit what is it man
D'you make it yourself I like to hear you yodel
Just dropped in to have a cup of coffee friend
 
Sound good on that man that's the best part right there hope we ain't wakin' up Flo
Hey Flo old Flo she's a good 'un boy no I didn't mean nothin'
I just you know I knew Flo a long time ago we went to school together you know
Well I just dropped in to have a cup of coffee friend
Yeah dropped in to have a cup of coffee friend
In don't in the glass you gonna pour it in the glass whoa whoa whoa that's enough
Man put ice in and it's gonna run over whoa whoa
Man you got it all over the tablecloth makin' that stuff yourself
If that's what makes you yodel it's good to me
Just dropped in to have a cup of coffee friend
Dropped in to have a cup of coffee friend
Don't give me none of your liquor I don't want no wine
Gotta get that semi down the line I gotta haul a load of grain
Bout three hundred more miles I gotta get up and get out of here
If I can just find my cat my hat get outa here cat darn cat
No that's alright I can make it I can make it
I can make it alright mama say I can make it leave me alone
Whoa stepped right in her flowerbed oh she gonna raise cain tomorrow
Where's my truck at cause I thought I had it cross the street
Or on this side of the street alright you got an extra room
She won't mind okay you sure now put the blanket down around my feet
Get me up by six o'clock cause I don't want Flo catch me sleepin' in here
Boy she can flat raise your nose ha ha just let my arms hang loose
Warm as I can be I wants just to get me up about eight o'clock
And I'll have a cup of coffee cause you know Flo too
Yeah just dropped in to have a cup of coffee friend
Jack yodel for me one more time fore I go to sleep
 
I sure like to hear you yodel Jack Elliot
 

Thirteen

Bad luck wind been blowin' at my back
I was born to bring trouble to wherever I'm at
Got the number thirteen tattooed on my neck
When the ink starts to itch
Then the black will turn to red
 
I was born in the soul of misery
Never had me a name
They just gave me the number
When I was young
 
Got a long line of heartache, I carry it well
The list of lives I've broken reach from here to hell
Bad luck wind been blowin' at my back
I pray you don't look at me
I pray I don't look back
 
I was born in the soul of misery
Never had me a name
They just gave me the number
When I was young
 
I was born in the soul of misery
Never had me a name
They just gave me the number
When I was young
 
They just gave me the number
When I was young
 

Any Old Wind That Blows

Lord, she's restless
Like cotton candy clouds that sail the day
Slow an' free
And she possesses
A mind that can't resign itself to stay
For long with me
Tho' I've tried and tried to keep her tied and satisfied
Until she really needs me
Yes, I do
But when that certain look comes on her face
I can't replace it, and she leaves me
 
She's a butterfly in mid July
Who just can't wait to try her brand-new wings
On brand-new things
And she needs no rhyme or reason, when she goes
Her mind is on what lies beyond that wall of blue horizon
I suppose
And heaven knows
She'll go sailin' off on any old wind that blows
Yes, she will, yes, she will
She'll go sailin' off on any old wind that blows
 
I know she needs me
About as much as I need someone else
Which I don't
And if need be
I swear someday I'll up and leave myself
Which I won't
Even if she loved another man, I'd understand it more than I do
Mmm, mmm, mmm
But I know the only reason
That she ever has for leavin', is she wants to
 
She's a butterfly in mid July
Who just can't wait to try her brand-new wings
On brand-new things
And she needs no rhyme or reason, when she goes
Her mind is on what lies beyond that wall of blue horizon
I suppose
And heaven knows
She'll go sailin' off on any old wind that blows
 

It Ain't Me, Babe

Go away from my window
Leave at your own chosen speed
I'm not the one you want, babe
I'm not the one you need
You say you're lookin' for someone
Who's never weak but always strong
To protect you and defend you
Whether you are right or wrong
Someone to open each and every door
 
But it ain't me babe
No, no, no, it ain't me babe
It ain't me you're lookin' for, babe
 
Go lightly from the ledge, babe
Go lightly on the ground
I'm not the one you want, babe
I'll only let you down
You say you're lookin' for someone
Who'll promise never to part
Someone to close his eyes for you
Someone to close his heart
Someone to die for you
And more
 
But it ain't me babe
No, no, no, it ain't me babe
It ain't me you're lookin' for, babe
 
You say you're lookin' for someone
To pick you up each time you fall
To gather flowers constantly
And to come each time you call
And will love you for your life
And nothin' more
 
But it ain't me babe
No, no, no, it ain't me babe
It ain't me you're lookin' for, babe
 

Lost on the desert

A burnin' hot sun a cryin' for water black wings circle the sky
Stumblin' and fallin' somebody's callin' you're lost on the desert to die
I had to give up and they took me to jail but I hid all the money I got
Way out on the desert where no one could get it and I left a mark at the spot
Then I got away and I ran for the desert the devil had taken control
I needed water but he said I'd make it near the money is a big waterhole
A burnin' hot sun...
[ ac.guitar ]
Just up ahead is where I left my mark or it may be to the left or the right
I've been runnin' all day and they'll catch up tomorrow I've got to find it tonight
Then up jumped the devil and ran away laughin' he drank all the waterholes dry
He moved my mark till I'm running in circles and lost on the desert to die
A burnin' hot sun...
(Lost on the desert to die) lost on the desert to die (lost on the desert to die)
 

I'm Just Here To Get My Baby Out of Jail

I'm not in this town to stay
Said a lady old and grey
I'm Just here to get my baby out of jail
Yes, warden, I'm just to ge my baby out of jail
 
I will wash all your clothes
I will scrub all your clothes
If that will get my baby out of jail
 
I will pawn you my watch
I will pawn you my chain
I will pawn you my gold diamond ring
Yes, warden, I'm just to ge my baby out of jail
 
When those gates swung wide apart
She hel her darling to her heart
She kissed kissed her baby boy and then she died
Yes, warden, in the arms of her dear boy there she died
Yes, warden, in the arms of her dear boy there she died
 

Darlin' Companion

Darlin' companion,
Come on and give me understandin'.
And let me be your champion:
A hand to hold your pretty hand in.
 
Darlin' companion,
Now you know you'll never be abandoned.
Love will always light our landin':
I can depend on you.
 
Oh, a little saucy mare like you should have a steed.
Oh, a little bridlin' down from you is what I need.
 
Darlin' companion,
Now you know you'll never be abandoned.
Love will always light our landin':
I can depend on you.
 
Darlin' companion,
Come on and give me understandin'.
As long as we keep laughin',
Bear in mind just what could happen.
 
Darlin' companion,
I tell the mountains and the canyons,
Long as I got legs to stand on,
I'm gonna stick by you.
 
Oh, a little saucy mare like you should have a steed.
Oh, a little bridlin' down from you is what I need.
 
Darlin' companion,
I tell the mountains and the canyons,
Long as I got legs to stand on,
I'm gonna stick by you.
 
Darlin' companion,
I tell the mountains and the canyons,
Long as I got legs to stand on,
I'm gonna stick by you.
 

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