1. 1. Kentucky Trainwreck 2:24
  2. 2 John The Man Of Glass 2:46
  3. 3. Hitparade Of Love 2:48
  4. 4. Daybreak In Dixie 2:21

Lyrics

Big Spike Hammer

Can’t you hear the whistle of my big spike hammer
Lord it’s busting my side
I’ve done all I can do to keep that woman happy
Still she’s not satisfied

Hey hey Della Mae
Why do you treat me this way
Hey hey Della Mae
I’ll get even some day

I’m the best hammer swinger on this big section gang
Big Bill Johnson is my name
Lord this hammer that I swing for a dollar and a half a day
I’ll all for my Della Mae

Now I’ve been lots of places, not much I ain’t done
There’s still alot of things I’d like to see
Lord this hammer that I swing or the woman that I love
Yes, one’s gonna be the death of me

Rain & Snow

Well I married me a wife, she gave me trouble all my life
Left me out in the cold rain and snow
Rain and snow. she left me out in the cold rain and snow

She came down the stairs holding back her long yellow hair
And her cheeks were as red as a rose
As a rose. And her cheeks were as red as a rose

Well I’ve done all that I can do to try to get along with you
And I ain’t gonna be treated this old way
This old way. Now I ain’t gonna be treated this old way

We’ll she came in to the room where she met her final doom
And I ain’t gonna be treated this old way
This old way. No I ain’t gonna be treated this old way

She left me out in the cold rain and snow

Little Sadie
Went out one night for to make a little round
I met little Sadie and I shot her down
Went back home and I got in my bed
Forty four pistol under my head
Woke up next morning ‘bout a half past nine
The hacks and the buggies all standing in line
Gents and the gamblers standing all round
Taking little Sadie to her burying ground
Then I begin to think what a deed I’d done
I grabbed my hat and away I run
Made a good run but a little too slow
They overtook me in Jericho
I was standing on the corner, reading the bill
When up stepped the sheriff from Thomasville
He said, young man, ain’t your name Brown?
Remember the night you shot Sadie down?
I said, yes, sir, my name is Lee
I murdered little Sadie in the first degree
And first degree and the second degree
If you got any papers, won’t you read ‘em to me?
They took me downtown and dressed me in black
Put me on the train and started me back
They crammed me back in that Thomasville jail
And I had no money for to go my bail
That judge and the jury, they took their stand
The judge had the papers in his right hand
Forty one days and forty one nights
Forty one years to wear the ball and the stripes
Pills I Took

Well, I’ve been awake for eight days straight
Well, it must’ve been them pills I took.
I been twitchin’ an’ turnin’ an’ seein’ visions
It must’ve been them pills I took.

Well, I don’t know if it were an’ I don’t know where I got ‘em,
But they sure did make me feel good.
They kept my heart from feelin’ blue,
An’ kept my thoughts away from you.

Well, there’s blood on the carpet an’ holes in the walls
Well, it must’ve been them pills I took.
Yeah, the mirrors are all busted an’ someone’s cryin’
It must’ve been them pills I took.

I’ve lied an’ I’ve stole an’ I ain’t fuckin’ jokin’
It must’ve been them pills I took.
Yeah, the mirrors are all busted an’ someone’s cryin’
It must’ve been them pills I took.

I still don’t know if it were an’ I don’t know where I got ‘em,
But they sure did make me feel good.
They kept my heart from feelin’ blue,
An’ kept my thoughts away from you.

Doin' my Time

On this old rock pile with a ball and chain
They call me by a number, not a name Lord, Lord
Gotta do my time, I gotta do my time
With an achin’ heart and a worried mind

When that old judge looked down and smiled
Said I put you up that river for a while Lord, Lord
Gotta do my time, I gotta do my time
With an achin’ heart and a worried mind

You can hear my hammer, you can hear my saw
Gonna swing it like John Henry all day long Lord, Lord
Gotta do my time, I gotta do my time
With an achin’ heart and a worried mind

Well now it won’t be long just a few more days
I’ll settle down and quit my rowdy ways Lord, Lord
With that gal of mine, with that gal of mine
She’s waited for me while I’ve done my time

Dim Lights & Thick Smoke

Dim lights, thick smoke, and loud, loud music
Is the only kind of life you’ll ever understand
Dim lights, thick smoke and loud, loud music
You’ll never make a wife to a home-loving man

A home and little children mean nothing to you
A house filled with love and a husband so true
I’d rather have a drink with the first guy I meet
And the only home I’ll know is the bar down the street

Dim lights, thick smoke, and loud, loud music
Is the only kind of life you’ll ever understand
Dim lights, thick smoke and loud, loud music
You’ll never make a wife to a home-loving man

A drinking and dancing to a honky tonk band
Is the only kind of life I’ll ever understand
Go out and have your fun, you think you’ve played it smart
I’m sorry for you and your honky tonk heart

Don't let your deal go down

Now I’ve been all around this whole wide world
Down to Memphis, Tennessee
Any old place I hang my hat
Looks like home to me

Now I left my little girl crying
Standing in the door
Throwed her arms around my neck
Saying ‘Honey, don’t you go’

Don’t let your deal go down little girl
Don’t let your deal go down
Don’t let your deal go down little girl
Before my last gold dollar is gone

Now I’ve been all around this whole wide world
Done most everything
I’ve played cards with the King and the Queen
Discard the ace and the ten

Now where did you get them high top shoes?
Dress you wear so fine?
Got my shoes from a railroad man
And my dress from a driver in the mine

Who’s gonna shoe your pretty white feet?
Who’s gonna glove your hand?
Who’s gonna kiss your lily white cheeks?
Who’s gonna be your man?

Now Papa may shoe my pretty white feet
Mama can glove my hand
She can kiss my lily white cheeks
‘Till you come back again

Story

Recorded, mixed & mastered by The Old Ditch Riverhoppers at Studio Bitterballs in Kedichem during the summer of 2015. Artwork by Jabe Faber, photography by Guy Winnie.

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Dim Lights & Thick Smoke

Title : Dim Lights & Thick Smoke
Release Date : 17 juli 2015
Format : CD