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Ballad of the Devil's Backbone Tavern

 

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Old Miss Virgy tended bar at this shack out in the hills
It never made her no money boys but paid up all of her bills
Now she must have been 80 years old
B ut her heart was warm and her beer was cold
She gave away more than she ever sold
Smiling all the time

I used to sing off in the corner every Friday night
There was a loud crowd of cowboys and bikers and bar room fights
They was drinking beer and carrying on
Not a one of them would listen to one of my songs
But old Miss Virgy sang along
She said she knew 'em all by heart

And then one night after closing she poured me a beer
She said "Come on over and sit down you little shit
I got something you need to hear"
She said "Life isn't easy getting through everybody's gonna make things tough on you
But I can tell you right now if you dig what you do, they will never get you down"

She said life's too short to worry
Life's too long to wait
Too short not to love everybody
Life's too long to hate
I meet a lot of men who haggle and finagle all the time
Trying to save a nickel or make a dime
Not me, no sireee, I ain't got the time

Now I ain't seen Ol' Virgy, I guess it's been about ten years
I've been bumming around this country singing my songs for tips and beers
Now the nights are long, the driving's tough
Hotels stink, and the pay sucks
But I can't dig what I do enough, so it never gets be down

I say life's too short to worry
Life's too long to wait
Too short not to love everybody
Life's too long to hate
I meet a lot of men who haggle and finagle all the time
Trying to save a nickel or make a dime
Not me, no sireee, I ain't got the time

 
LAST UPDATED: Saturday, March 11, 2017 8:16 AM