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Last updated: 05/15/2013 12:51:59 PM

Recorded by Hank Williams, Sr.
Written by Bonnie Dodd

A [F] tongue can accuse and carry bad [C] news
The [F] seeds of distrust, it will [C] sow
But [F] unless you've made no mistakes in your [C] life
Be careful of [G7] stones that you [C] throw.

[C] A neighbor was passing my [F] garden one time
[C] She stopped and I knew right away [G7]
That it was gossip, not flowers, she had on her mind [C]
And this is what I heard my neighbor say:

[C] "That girl down the street [F] should be run from our midst
[C] She drinks and she talks quite a lot [G7]
She knows not to speak to my child or to me." [C]
My neighbor then smiled and I thought:


A car speeded by and the screamin' of brakes
A sound that made my blood chill
For my neighbor's one child had been pulled from the path
And saved by a girl lying still.

The child was unhurt and my neighbor cried out:
"Oh! who was that brave girl so sweet?"
I covered the crushed, broken body and said:
"The bad girl who lived down the street."


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Beautiful and such a true song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/15/13

The first time I ever heard this song it was Porter Waggoner singing it and I cried......Today I brought it up on utube and listened to Hank Williams Sr. singing it ..........Altho Porters rendention was great ....Hanks is the most profound..........beautiful ....and I cried all over again. I remember my mamma listening to Hank when I was just a girl ....and she always cried when she listened.......I always wondered why I know.

Be Careful of the Stones You Throw | Reviewer: Doug | 5/15/11

Hank's songs have always had that instant realization, that choke and tear, the unplanned lump in the throat, relating to something that you know or feel. Comfort in times of distress. I was only two when he passed on but it's the same(emotion) today as back then.

Don't throw stones | Reviewer: Doyne Rainwater | 7/28/08

Hank was a wonderful artist but as Luke The Drifter he was superb!
If he would have lived his life in harmony with some of the wonderful songs he wrote such, Be careful of the stones that you throw, Pictures from life's other side, And above all BEOND THE SUNSET. Had he left the booz and drugs alone he probly lived many years longer.

Words of Wisdom not often taken | Reviewer: Jan | 6/23/06

I heard this song many years ago, not when it first came out of course. And I think that it's a though provoking song. It is sadly true that peeps are like that, the gossipers. When I listened to it again tonite, I had to wonder just what might have been going through the neighbors mind when she found out that the person who just saved her childs life was the one she was just bad-mouthing. HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.