GEORGE GUDGER'S OVERALLS

As I walked out one morning' in the Alabama chill,
I saw two old friends hangin' from a tree on Hobe's Hill.
By their tattered legs they dangled, drippin' down along the spine,
It was old George gudger's overalls a-dryin' on the line.

George Gudger, he's an honest cuss, hard-workin' farmer man.
I'd long admired them overalls that I held there in my hand.
My brand-new pair was stiffer than a starched-up Sunday suit,
But his could walk 'round by themselves, and plow the corn to boot.

The knees looked almost bloody from the red Hale County clay.
George Gudger's debts and prayers, they kept him kneelin' down all day.
Old George owes me money, but I owe him my respect,
And if these overalls'll fit me I'll forget about his debt.

I stepped into them big old legs like fallin' down a mine.
Then I heard a ragged chuckle, and there stood old George behind.
A smile of old tobacco juice was tricklin' down his chin.
He said, "You might as well try walking 'round in someone else's skin.

But if you like them old friends of mine so much, reckon I'll let 'em go.
See, I loaned to my wife last year when she was big with Little Joe.
And when she bent down in the fields one day, she split that tired old seam.
And now she's gone and beat 'em half to death
On a rock down by the stream."

The knees looked almost bloody from the red Hale County clay.
George Gudger's debts and prayers they kept him kneelin' down all day.
I walked home like a drunken man, they almost made me fall.
They kept steer in' me towards Gudger's place, old George's overalls!

But at home before the mirror, I seemed to be a different man,
WIth two tired eyes a-starin' at a farmed-out patch of land,
So I took him back his overalls and a week's supply of chaw.
I also left my brand-new pair and walked home in the raw.

Yeah the knees looked almost bloody from the red Hale County clay.
George Gudger's debts and prayers they kept him kneeling' down all day.
I took him back his overalls and a week's supply of food.
I also left my brand-new pair and sneaked home in the nudeā€¦

Originally Performed by: Lawrence Hammond
Album: Coyote's Dream
Lyrics By: Lawrence Hammond

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