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WILLIE'S DRUNK AND NELLIE'S DYING (Johnny Seay) Johnny Seay - 1970 This is a true story about a good man and his woman He was my neighbour for two years ..... There's a country man back in the hills, his name is Willie York He's fifty-eight, his back's still straight, he lives on the big east fork He knew the kind of freedom in his young life long ago The kind you can't have today, no matter where you go And he don't realise that the world around him's changed So he tries to live the way he did, but his tryin's all in vain His thinkin', it ain't just like yours, but that don't mean it's wrong Willie's drunk and Nellie's dyin', Nellie's almost gone Willie's drunk and Nellie's dyin', you ought to see their life It's all been wrong, it's almost gone, it's been nothin' but a fight Five little boys and four little girls, what will their future be Oh, Willie's drunk and Nellie's dyin', there ain't nobody free Down in a holler, in a shade where the sun don't ever shine Willie and his brother, they were makin' good moonshine They spent thirteen and a half years in a Nashville prison cell For killin' the deputy sheriff in the Williamson County jail This man has been my neighbour now for two years and a week His kids and mine, they play together down along the creek Some say men like Willie York are just plain no good But let me tell you, mister, Willie's done the best he could Oh, Willie's drunk and Nellie's dyin', you ought to see their life It's all been wrong, it's almost gone, it's been nothin' but a fight Five little boys and four little girls, what will their future be Willie's drunk and Nellie's dyin', there ain't nobody free Willie York's a man who lives in a time that he don't fit In youth he lived a free life that our times will not permit And there's thousands more just like him from the mountains to the plains They need help just because they don't know how to change If a buck or two you'd like to send to a good man who's in need Send to Willie York, Big East Fork, Franklin, Tennessee Oh, Willie's drunk and Nellie's dyin', you ought to see their life It's all been wrong, it's almost gone, it's been nothin' but a fight Five little boys and four little girls, what will their future be Oh, Willie's drunk and Nellie's dyin', there ain't nobody free Willie's drunk and Nellie's dyin', there ain't nobody free (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - April 2018)

    





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