Moving Oleta was the hardest thing he'd done The nurses saw an old woman cryin' But he saw the love of his life She don't know where she is But she knows this isn't home Love is a hard, hard road
He met her in the summer of '37 in a brush arbor down on the Rush Creek shore He loved her black hair and the mischief in her smile But she won him with her eyes
All the years and children gone, he still sees her the same Love is a hard, hard road
He woke up each morning and drove into town He stayed all day till her dinner came Then he took her to a room, leaned on her wheelchair like a walker Covered her with a quilt she'd made Only God and a couple of nurses helped the old man shoulder the load Love is a hard, hard road
He said "They tell me this is all that's left, Say this hell on Earth is best, I lost all those reasons and I still don't understand" He cursed his body old and weak Tears of failure burned his cheeks He said "Oh, don't you know I prayed to die before this day" Love is a hard, hard road
There's a shadow much darker than the valley of death When you fear the reaper night not come today The line 'em up in Laz-E-Boys out in the sunroom The TV keeps the quiet away She can't recall his name and she's the only love he's known Love is a hard, hard road Love is a hard, hard road Moving Oleta was the hardest thing he'd done.