Carter Family Song Lyrics & Chords:
You Better Let That Liar Alone

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You Better Let That Liar Alone

 

Just [D]let me tell you how a liar will do

He's always coming with [A]something new

He'll [D]steal your heart with false pretence

Making out like he's your [A]bosom [D]friend

 

[D]If you dont want to get in trouble

[A]If you dont want to [D]get in trouble

[D]If you dont want to get in trouble

Better [D]let that [A]liar [D]alone

When a liar takes the notion to fend ? and prove

He'll lay around his neighbors and get the news

And nearly every day when you look out

You can see that liar coming to your house

 

He'll tell you such a lie it'll surprise your mind

He'll mix a little truth for to make it shine

When he gets his business fixed just right

Then that liar's going to cause a fight

 

He studies up a lie he'll tell it so smooth

You'll think absolutely that it must be true

And he'll urge you out for to trace the tale

And if you dont mind you'll be put in jail

 

When everything's in perfect peace

Then comes that liar with his deceit

A hypocrite liar both keeps up a fuss

They're both very bad but a liar's the worse

Notes: In 'Let That Liar', the words 'fend and prove' are an archaic term for discombobulation or slick argument with no conviction - used by John Locke in 'An Essay Concerning Human Understanding' in 1690. They betray the song's probable clerical origin, I guess. Justin Ward







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