Now y'all don't jump in till I tell ya to fellas You ready cause I'm gonna claw a while Now get ready to hit that chord right now That's good yes alright
Teardrops fell on my mama's note when I read the words she wrote She said we miss you son we love you come on home Well I didn't have to pack I was wearin' it on my back And I'm five hundred miles away from home Feelin' dirty
Away from home away from home cold and tired and all alone Well I'm five hundred miles away from home
Yeah pick it boy
Do it again Watch me ah yeah can’t get enough ha ha
I can't remember when I ate I just thumb and walk and wait I'm still five hundred miles away from home If my luck had been just right I'da be with them all tonight But I'm five hundred miles away from home With my guitar alright
Away from home away from home... I'm comin' home mama yeah
Now this old life ain't somethin' that you live all by yourself There always comes a time you need a friend Sometimes this world can get so heavy and the road can get so long That you need someone to lend a helpin' hand
Well I learned life the hard way I took all my knocks and lumps But when I look back down the road at where I've been I can see that all the things that I've done in this ol' life have been more fun Cause I shared them with someone who was a friend
You've got to care about one another be a friend and be a brother Cause you're always gonna need someone that you can lean on You've got to help each other out that's what this life is all about Cause there ain’t no way that you can make this journey alone
Well I guess that I'm just lucky cause I've been there and back Yes I've seen life about every which way you can But as far as I'm concerned the greatest thing that a man can learn Is when you're down it's great to turn to a friend
Well I guess that I'm just lucky cause I've been there and back... Turn to a friend
Six foot six stood on the ground, weighted 235 pounds But I saw that giant of a man brought down to his knees by love He was the kind of man who would gamble on love Look you in the eye and never back up But I saw him crying like a little whipped pup because of love
Can't see it with your eyes, hold it in your hands Like the rules that govern our land Strong enough to rule the heart of every man, this thing called love
It can lift you up, it can put you down Take your world and turn it all around Ever since time nothing's ever been found stronger than love Men like me they worry and doubt Trouble their minds day in and day out Too busy a livin' to worry about a thing called love
And then I see a mother's tenderness As she holds her young close to her breast Then I say thank God this world will win with the thing called love
I've been up and down around and around and back again I've been so many places I can't remember where or when And my only boss was a clock on the wall and my only friend Never really was a friend at all
I've traded love for pennies I've sold my soul for less Lost my deals in that long tunnel of time I've turned inside out around about and back and then Found myself right back where I started again
Once I had myself a million now I only got a dime But the difference don't seem quite so bad today Now with a nickel or a million I was searchin' all the time For something that I'd never lost or left behind
I've traded love for pennies I sold my soul for less... [ guitar ] Now I'm in my second circle and I'm headin' for the top And I've learned a lot of things along the way I'll be careful while I'm climbin' cause it hurts a lot to drop And when you're down nobody gives a damn anyway
I've traded love for pennies I sold my soul for less...
Well you oughta see deacon Jones as he rattles his bones Ol' Parson Brown jumpin' around like some kinda clown Ol' Aunt Jemima she done passed a hundred and three Shoutin' out full o'pep
Grab a weenie and help yourself Well one legged Joe jumpin' around on his sore toe Throw away his crutch and hollered toe ain’t sore no more Well it's hail hail the gang's all here for the Alabama Jubilee Watch it son
You oughta see deacon Jones as he rattles his bones...
Now my daddy was hard shelled Alabama preacher My momma was a dedicated Sunday school teacher My brother went to college and got a PhD Daddy said the only dud in the family was me
He said, "Boy, you ain't never going to amount to a thing You set around with that silly looking guitar and sing You hang around them juke joints all the time Making music like some wild man done lost his mind"
Going sock it to me Well, what's that supposed to mean Boy, you just a wild man
Well, then one day Daddy told me "Boy, I've had enough now you just Pack up that guitar, you just pack up your stuff" So I left home and organized myself a band Called myself the Alabama Wild Man
Well, I worked all them joints from the east to the west Never making no money and a starving to death A living on coffee and cold sardines Soda crackers and pork n beans
But I finally went to Music City USA Said I'm the Alabama Wild Man and I'm here to stay Took my guitar and showed 'em what I'm talking about So we made a little record and we put it out
With me going Sock it to me, honey Haha, hook it, boy Play that guitar
Well, now I'm driving, the Cadillac's a city block long The Alabama Wild Man could do no wrong 'Cause I'm selling them records And I'm working them shows And people love me everywhere I go
But a funny thing happened about a week or so back I was a showing my hometown and the place was packed Guess who was sitting on the front row seat Was my daddy grinning up at me batting at me
Yelling "Sock it your daddy, Wild Man Hook it boy, hook it Play that guitar, show 'em, son"
"Yeah, that's my boy, alright Taught him everything he knows Bought him his first guitar Ah, sock it to your daddy, son"
"Go ahead put it to me, put it to me Keep them checks coming in, boy We going to pave the drive next week"
The sun is goin' down late here There's a beautiful woman on my mind Maybe I found me a ready made alibi To live my life from a poetry in rhyme
If the rain should cease to fall tomorrow Then the sun would surely shine in vain And maybe it's telling me that every little thing belongs And it's been that way since this old world began
Oh Lord this boy is flyin' high On a handsome pair of wings like an eagle in the sky Maybe I'll find a home somewhere in the bye and bye But there's five hundred miles behind me more to roam Makin' it an all day ride back home
There's a lesson I've learned from believing That the world around you can't stay the same So I live my life by the words of my chosen song And hope sooner or later that the world will be singin' along
I'm almost crazy almost crazy Couldn't go to sleep last night walked the floor until the daylight Thinkin' how it used to be when you were here with me And honey I'll live with your memory till I'm almost crazy almost crazy I've paid a million times for the way I've been so blind Cause everytime I think of you my heart wants to break in two And I'm no notning nothing but the blues till I'm almost crazy hmm I thought I didn't need your love to share hmm I had to lose you to find out how much I care now I'm almost crazy almost crazy I see the fool I've been and if I'd get you back again Well I'm gonna prove to you that my love is really true Cause honey I've cried and cried for you till I'm almost crazy almost crazy I'm almost crazy