Merle Haggard Uncle Lem Lyrics

If We Make It Through December Track Listing
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 If We Make It Through December
  • 2 Love and Honor
  • 3 To Each His Own
  • 4 You're the Only Girl in the Game
  • 5 I'm an Old, Old Man
  • 6 Come on in to My Arms
  • 7 Better Off When I Was Hungry
  • 8 I'll Break Out Again Tonight
  • 9 This Cold War (72)
  • 10 Uncle Lem
  • 11 There's Just One Way
  • The ladies of the garden club say
    His home is just a disgrace to the town
    If the Mayor wants re-elected
    He'd better pass some laws and tear it down

    They wanna cover it with flowers
    Maybe even plant some dogwood trees
    I guess that they've forgotten
    When we were kids what that place used to be

    I know it's just a shanty now
    But Lord, that place was built with human tears
    For it's the home of Uncle Lem
    Who was born and raised and lived there ninety years

    There's not a boy in this whole town
    Hasn't stopped for water at his well
    Or sat on his porch in the evenin'
    And listened to the stories that he'd tell

    Oh, his hair was the color of a cotton field
    And his skin was old and brown
    And he was born in that rundown shack
    Before there was a town

    He bought that shack and a piece of earth
    For the highest price to pay
    His mom was bought and sold there
    Uncle Lem was born'd a slave

    The mayor and some ladies of the garden club
    Went out to tell Uncle Lem that he'd have to find a new place to live
    Well, they found him there in that old broken down rockin' chair
    And on an old paper bag they found his will

    "Nor I wanna leave my old shotgun to the fine mayor of this town
    For I remember when he a little fella, he used to follow me around
    I wish I had more to give to my friends that I love
    But all I've got is this old shack and a piece of earth
    And I want it to go to the ladies of the garden club"

    Oh, his hair was the color of a cotton field
    And his skin was old and brown
    And he was born in that rundown shack
    Before there was a town

    He bought that shack and a piece of earth
    For the highest price to pay
    His mom was bought and sold there
    Uncle Lem was born'd a slave Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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