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To Himself, He Was Ole Jimmie Rodgers

Mark Brine
Mark Brine


Written by: Mark Brine
1. He was a hillbilly singer from way back
And he musta been eighty years old
With a beat-up old hat ... and a long overcoat
And, I swear, he was thin as a pole
2. And the crowd tried hard not to laugh
As he sang them ole songs out of tune
And strummed on a guitar that looked like it been
In a pawn shop that same afternoon
Chorus 1:
But, to himself, he was ole Jimmie Rodgers
But when he’d walk off that stage ... he’d be just as unknown
As when his dream of success came to be
3. He just couldn’t keep time to the rhythm
Of the song he was singin’ so loud
I could tell he’d been through a whole lot more
In spite of ‘em all, he was proud
4. Then he told everyone, he was famous one time
And he’d sang once behind Patsy Cline
Then some wise guy stood up and shouted
“Get off and I’ll buy you some wine”
Chorus 2:
But, to himself, he was ole Jimmie Rodgers
But he was singin’ so bad, it just made me feel sad
Almost like they was laughin’ at me
5. The old man just kept right on tryin’
But his eyes showed the sign of a tear
‘cause, the hard facts of failure were so hard to face
For a man, I could tell had been there
Chorus 3:
But, to himself, he had been Jimmie Rodgers
But when he walked off that stage, he was all washed-up
It just taken a whole lifetime too see...
©1982 Dream City Music (BMI)

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