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OLD SHEP (Red Foley / Willis Arthur) Red Foley - 1940 Wilf "Montana Slim" Carter - 1944 Elvis Presley - 1956 Hank Snow - 1958 The Tornadoes - 1963 Howard Vokes - 1964 Dave Dudley - 1965 Red Sovine - 1967 Johnny Cash - 1975 Pat Boone - 1983 Also recorded by: Alabama; Wesley Tuttle; Townes Van Zandt; The Stonemans; Sydney Devine; Walter Brennan; Scott Brannan; Mike Reid; Mac Wiseman; Ramblin' Jack Elliott: ........ and others. As originally recorded by RED FOLEY: When I was a lad and Old Shep was a pup O'er hills and meadows we'd stray Just a boy and his dog, we were both full of fun We grew up together that way I remember the time at the old swimmin' hole When I would've drowned beyond doubt Shep was right there, to the rescue he came He jumped in and helped pulled me out So the years fed along and at last he grew old His eyesight was fast growin' dim Then one day the doctor looked at me and said "I can't do no more for him, Jim" With a hand that was trembling I picked up my gun I aimed it at Shep's faithful head I just couldn't do it, I wanted to run And I wished that they'd shoot me instead I went to his side and I sat on the ground He laid his head on my knee I stroked the best pal that a man ever found I cried so I scarcely could see Old Sheppie he knew he was going to go For he reached out and licked at my hand He looked up at me, just as much as to say "We're parting, but you understand" Now Old Shep is gone where the good doggies go And no more with Old Shep will I roam But if dogs have a heaven, there's one thing I know Old Shep has a wonderful home (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - August 2007) ************************ As recorded by RAMBLIN' JACK ELLIOTT: When I was a lad and Old Shep was a pup Over hills and mountains we'd stray Just a boy and a dog, we were both full of fun We grew up together that way I remember the time by the old swimmin' hole When I would have drowned beyond doubt But old Shep was there, to the rescue he came He jumped in and helped pull me out The years rolled on by and Old Shep he grew old His eyesight was fast growing dim Then one day the doctor looked at him and said "I can't do no more for him, Jim" With hands that were trembling I picked up my gun And I aimed it at Shep's faithful head But I just couldn't do it, I wanted to run I wished they would shoot me instead I went to his side, I sat on the ground Old Shep laid his head on my knee I stroked the best pal a man ever had I cried till I scarcely could see Old Sheppie he knew he was going to go For he reached down and licked at my hand Then he looked up at me, just as much as to say "We're parting, but I understand" Now Sheppie he's gone where the good doggies go And no more with Old Shep will I roam But if dogs have a heaven, there's one thing I know Old Shep has a wonderful home (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - August 2007) ************************ As recorded by HANK SNOW: Now when I was a lad and Old Shep was a pup Over hills and valleys we'd stray Just a boy and his dog, we were both full of fun We grew up together that way I remember the time at the old swimming hole When I would have drowned beyond doubt But old Shep was right there, to the rescue he came He jumped in and helped drag me out Now the years rolled along and at last he grew old His eyesight was fast growing dim Then one day the doctor looked at me and said "I can't do no more for him, Jim" So with tremblin' hand I picked up my gun Aimed it at Shep's faithful head But I just couldn't do it, I wanted to run I wished they would shoot me instead (SPOKEN:) (So I threw down that old gun, ran right up to his side) (He laid his faithful old head right on my knee) (And friends, I stroked the best pal that a man ever found) (I even cried so I scarcely could see) (Now Old Sheppie he knew, he knew he was going to go) ('Cause he reached down and, uh, he licked at my hand) (Then he looked up at me, just as much as to say) ("I hate to, but you understand") Now Old Shep is gone where the good doggies go And no more with Old Shep will I roam But if dogs have a heaven, there's one thing I know Old Shep has a wonderful home (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - August 2007) ************************ As recorded by ELVIS PRESLEY: When I was a lad and Old Shep was a pup Over hills and meadows we'd stray Just a boy and his dog, we were both full of fun We grew up together that way I remember the time at the old swimmin' hole When I would have drowned beyond doubt But old Shep was right there, to the rescue he came He jumped in and helped pull me out As the years fast did roll, Old Shep he grew old His eyes were fast growing dim And one day the doctor looked at me and said "I can't do no more for him, Jim" With hands that were trembling I picked up my gun And aimed it at Shep's faithful head I just couldn't do it, I wanted to run I wished they would shoot me instead He came to my side and he looked up at me And he laid his old head on my knee I had struck the best friend that a man ever had I cried so I scarcely could see Old Shep he has gone where the good doggies go And no more with Old Shep will I roam But if dogs have a heaven, there's one thing I know Old Shep has a wonderful home ************************ As recorded by JOHNNY CASH: When I was a lad and old Shep was a pup Over hills and meadows we'd play Just a boy and his dog, we were both full of fun We grew up together that way I remember the time at the old swimmin' hole When I would have drowned beyond doubt But Old Shep was right there, to the rescue he came He jumped in and helped pull me out Now the years they rolled by and Old Shep he grew old His eyesight at last it grew dim Then one day the doctor looked at him and said "I can't do no more for him, Jim" With a hand that was tremblin' I picked up my gun And I aimed it at Shep's faithful head But I just couldn't do it, I wanted to run I wished they would shoot me instead Now Old Shep is gone where the good doggies go And no more on this earth will he roam But if dogs have a heaven, there's one thing I know Old Shep has a wonderful home ************************

    


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