I've seen the old man sittin' 'round
The courthouse square back home in town
Talking bout the big war back in 1943
Sayin' how much good it's done

Medals gleamin' in the sun
Cussin' at my long hair
And my talk of bein' free
Their vision like their battle scars

Of other wars has faded
Like the colors on the ribbons
From the battles that they've won
If there's one thing I've learned it's this

You just can't shake hands with a fist
And I once did my talkin' with a gun
And, old man, I know what you've seen
But yours is not the only dream

I have to believe in something more
Than yesterday
Let it die, just like the past
I believe there's hope at last

Old man, did you ever have to pray
Old man, can you show me the way

He shakes his head from time to time
And rambles somewhere in his mind
Mumbling 'bout the Civil War
And how we should have won

Settin' up his battle plans
On checkerboards at his command
Watchin' all his gallant kings
Go falling one by one

And son he'd say there's not much time
For you to straighten out your mind
But you never listen to
The things I try to say

And I just turn my head and cry
Never understanding why
He's set up that checkerboard
When he knew I couldn't play
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Old Man Tell Me Lyrics

David Allan Coe – Old Man Tell Me Lyrics

Songwriters: COE, DAVID ALLAN / RABIN, BUZZ
Old Man Tell Me lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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