Roane County Prison

—Bill Monroe

In the beautiful hills in the mists of Roane County
There’s where I have roamed for many long years
There’s where my heart’s been standin’ most ever
There’s where the first step of misfortune I made

I’s about thirty years when I courted and married
Armanda Gilbraith was then call my wife
Her brother he stabbed me for some unknown reason
Just three month’s later I’d taken Tom’s life

I was captured and tried in the village of Kingston
Not a man in that county would speak one kind word
When the jury came in with the verdict next mornin’
A lifetime in prison was the words that I heard

When the train pulled out poor Mother stood weepin’
And sister she sat all alone with a sigh
And the last words I heard was “Willy God bless you”
Was “Willy God bless you, God bless you goodbye”

In the scorching hot sand of the foundry I’m workin’
Toiling and working my poor life away
They’ll measure my grave on the banks of old Cumberland
Just as soon as I finish the rest of my days

Tag:
Boys when you write home from this prison in Nashville
Place one of my songs in your letter for me

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Verse

I I I V
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I I I V-I

The Great Pretender

—Buck Ram (The Platters’ manager) 1955

Oh yes, I’m the great pretender
Pretending that I’m doing well
My need is such, I pretend too much
I’m lonely but no one can tell.

Oh yes, I’m the great pretender
Adrift in a world of my own
I play the game; but to my real shame
You’ve left me to dream all alone.

Bridge:
Too real is this feeling of make believe
Too real when I feel what my heart can’t conceal.

Oh yes I’m the great pretender
Just laughing and gay like a clown
I seem to be what I’m not, you see
I’m wearing my heart like a crown
Pretending that you’re still around.

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Verse:

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IV IV I I
IV V I IV
I V I I

Bridge:

IV IV I I
IV IV I V

Fiddler’s Dram

Call of the Shepherd

Jethro’s Tune

Little Rose

Twilight Time

Butcher’s Dog

Hoo-Doo Hoedown

Pinetop Breakdown