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Talking Guitar Blues

Talking Guitar Blues

 If you want to get in trouble I'll tell you how to do it
 Get a guitar, and then you're into it
 You play all day, and you play all night
 The folks say, "He'll never learn to play that thing right
 Always griping, wont let you practice."

 I bought my guitar some time ago, the man said
 I'd learn in a week or so, gave me a book and a pick or two
 Said "Now boy, it's up to you."
 The dirty dog, wish I could find him now. Cost me 4.95 too

 Well, nevertheless I'd spent my dough,
 And I couldn't let it go to waste you know,
 So, I took that book, guitar and all
 And went back home where the trees are tall
 Way down in Tennessee. Good place to be when you've got a guitar.

 I labored long and labored hard trying to learn a few main chords
 The book said 'twas easy as ABC,
 But brother, my fingers were killing me.
 Got sore right on the ends, couldn't mash the strings down,
     Felt disgusted.

 For weeks and weeks I labored away,
 I could see Ma's hair was turning gray,
 She felt nervous, ears ringing
 Wanted to scream or scram, I dont know which.

 My sister, she took it the worst of all
 'Cause she got married that coming fall
 She said, for love, but, I have my doubts
 I think the guitar just chased her out
 But, she wouldn't admit it, game girl
     Just couldn't take it that's all.

 My old man took it a different way
 Said "You may turn your Ma's hair gray
 And drive your sister away from home
 But, Sonny, either you or I's gonna start to roam
 And, I'm not leaving, now, you figure it out yourself

 So, the very next morning when my clothes were packed
 I slung that guitar across my back
 To search the world for my share of fame
 But, all I found was heartaches, hand outs
      Fellas ya better leave them guitars alone.
 This was recorded years ago by Hank Snow among others..
 This is from memory, so, hope it's right KM

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