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WATERMELON MAN (Don Wayne) Dick Curless - 1970 We loaded all our melons in the wagon Monday evenin' Day break Tuesday me and Pa was Springfield bound Papa took along a great big gallon jug of white corn whiskey To quench his thirst and wash the road dirt down Halfway to Springfield we came to a place called Ruby's tavern Papa said we'd better rest the mule a while So I hitched Sam to a shady tree, Papa grabbed a watermelon And walked in the tavern with a great big smile I stayed by the wagon waitin' and it sure got aggravatin' When Pa staggered outside holdin' Ruby's hands And when he gave her more watermelon I heard miss Ruby tell him That he was her favorite watermelon man Then we got back on the wagon and we headed out toward Springfield Pa was singin'a mean Mule Skinner Blues Then we came upon a lady pickin' berries by the roadside Papa said, "Whoa Sam, hello Ma'am, how are you?" Then he said, "My name is Dan, Ma'am, and I'm a Watermelon man, Ma'am Got melons for sell and would you care for a few" She said, "Well I might like some, but tell me, do you plug 'em?" Pa winked at me and said, "Indeed I do" I was just a boy of thirteen and nobody's fool by no means I went huntin' for some drinkin' water for me and Sam And when I got back to the wagon Pa was laughin' and a braggin' Of the women callin' him Watermelon man When we came to Johnson's Long Hill ol' Sam got kinda lazy Pa said, "Come here mule", but Sam he refused So he grabbed his black snake whip and brought it hard down on Sam's hind side And done another verse of the mean Mule Skinner Blues We rolled on into Springfield with Pa singin' and a-yellin' The Sheriff met us there, but Papa showed no fear He said, "Why, hello Sheriff, grab yourself a watermelon Like the big one that I gave your wife last year" The Sheriff stood there slack-jawed with Pa's words stuck in his craw He grinned real big and shook my father's hand He said, "I like you're way of tradin', could I join in your operatin' And be your partner, Watermelon man" Yeah, ev'rybody loved the Watermelon man (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - May 2011)


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