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REVEREND MR. BLACK (Billy Ed Wheeler / Jed Peters) Bill Anderson - 1963 Faron Young - 1963 Tex Ritter - 1969 Johnny Cash - 1981 He rode easy in the saddle, he was tall and lean At first you thought nothin' but a streak of mean Could make a man look so downright strong But one look in his eyes and you know'd you was wrong He was a mountain of a man and I want you to know He could preach hot hell or freezin' snow He carried a Bible in a canvas sack The folks just called him the Reverend Mr. Black He was poor as a beggar, but he rode like a king And sometimes in the evening you could hear him sing... I gotta walk that lonesome valley I gotta walk it by myself Nobody else can walk it for me I gotta walk it by myself If ever I could have thought this man in black Was soft or had any yellow up his back I gave that notion up the day That a lumberjack came in and it wadn't to pray He kicked open that meetin' house door And he cussed ev'rybody up and down the floor Then when things got quiet in the place Walked up and cussed in the preacher's face He hit that reverend like the kick of a mule To my way of thinkin' it took a pure fool To turn the other cheek to that lumberjack But that's what he did the Reverend Mr. Black He stood like a rock, a man among men And he let that lumberjack hit him again Then with a voice as kind as could be Cut him down like a big oak tree, when he said... (You gotta walk that lonesome valley) (You gotta walk it by yourself) (No, nobody else can walk it for you) (You gotta walk it by yourself) It's been many years since we had to part And I guess I learned his ways by heart I can still hear his sermons ring Down in the valley where he used to sing I followed him, yes sir, and I don't regret it I just hope that I can be of credit To his memory, for you understand The Reverend Mr. Black was my old man (You gotta walk that lonesome valley) (You gotta walk it by yourself) (No, nobody else can walk it for you) (You gotta walk it by yourself) (You gotta walk that lonesome valley) (You gotta walk it by yourself) (No, nobody else can walk it for you) (You gotta walk it by yourself) (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - June 2010)

    


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