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Coward Of The County
Red Boot 248
 
    
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Coward Of The County
 
ID: 1779
   Instrumental  

LabelRed Boot
Label information
Grid list of Red Boot recordings
Number248
TypeSinging Call
Copies2
Vic's Rating0 (not rated)
Bpm 
Duration 
Media45 rpm vinyl
Artist(s)
Don Williamson (picture)     recordings by Don Williamson

Don Williamson

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Old Call(s)
Cue Sheet

OPENER    Mainstream

Circle left
Everyone considered him the coward of the county
Left allemande the corner and dosado your own
The men star by the left now it's once around the ring go
Turn thru, left allemande and weave around the ring
Promise me son not to do the things I've done
Dosado and promenade the land
It don't mean you're weak if you turn the other cheek
Son, you don't have to fight to be a man


FIGURE    Mainstream, corner progression

Heads flutter wheel and sweep 1/4 more now
Pass thru and dosado one time around
Swing thru and then the boys run to the right now
1/2 tag the line, you scoot back and then
Boys run to the right, slide thru and swing the corner
Left allemande and promenade the land
It don't mean you're weak if you turn the other cheek
Son, you don't have to fight to be a man


MIDDLE BREAK    Mainstream

Circle left
One day while he was workin' the Gatlin boys came calling
Left allemande the corner and dosado your own
The men star by the left now it's once around the ring go
Turn thru, left allemande and weave around the ring
Promise me son not to do the things I've done
Dosado and promenade the land
It don't mean you're weak if you turn the other cheek
Son, you don't have to fight to be a man


FIGURE (ALTERNATE)   

Heads pass thru around one and make a line now
Lines pass thru, do a u-turn back and then
Touch 1/4 then you track & trade my friend
When you're through couples ferris wheel once again
Centers square thru 3/4 round you do
Swing the corner, promenade
It don't mean you're weak if you turn the other cheek
Son, you don't have to fight to be a man


CLOSER    Mainstream

Circle left
When Tommie left the bar not a Gatlin boy was standing
Left allemande the corner and dosado your own
The men star by the left now it's once around the ring go
Turn thru, left allemande and weave around the ring
I promised you dad not to do the things you've done
Dosado and promenade the land
Please don't think I'm weak, I didn't turn the other cheek
Sometimes you gotta fight when you're a man


TAG

Everyone considered him the coward of the county

Track & Trade:
from mini-wave columns the first 2 track two while the
last 2 column circulate and trade, ending in 2-faced lines.

 
Lyrics

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Coward Of The County Lyrics ID: 184

Ev'ryone considered him the coward of the county.
He'd never stood one single time to prove the county wrong.
His mama called him Tommy, the folks just called him yellow,
But something always told me, they were reading Tommy wrong.

Now, he was only ten years old when his daddy died in prison.
An' I took care of Tommy 'cause he was my brother's son.
I still recall the final words my brother said to Tommy.
"Son, my life is over, but yours is just begun."

"Promise me, son, not to do the things I've done.
Walk away from trouble if you can.
Now it don't mean you're weak if you turn the other cheek.
And I hope you're old enough to understand:
Son, you don't have to fight to be a man."

There's someone for ev'ryone: Tommy's love was Becky.
In her arms he didn't have to prove he was a man.
One day while he was workin', the Gatlin boys came callin'.
They took turns at Becky, and there were three of them!

Tommy opened up the door, saw his Becky cryin'.
The torn dress, the shattered look was more than he could stand.
He reached above the fireplace, took down his daddy's picture.
As his tears fell on his daddy's face, I heard these words again.

"Promise me, son, not to do the things I've done.
Walk away from trouble if you can.
Now it don't mean you're weak if you turn the other cheek.
And I hope you're old enough to understand:
Son, you don't have to fight to be a man."

The Gatlin boys just laughed at him when he walked into the bar-room.
One of them got up and met him halfway 'cross the floor.
When Tommy turned around they said, "Hey look! Ol' yellow's leavin'."
But you coulda heard a pin drop when Tommy stopped and locked the door.

Twenty years of crawlin' was bottled up inside him.
He wasn't holdin' nothin' back; he let 'em have it all.
When Tommy left the bar-room, not a Gatlin boy was standin'.
He said: "This one's for Becky," as he watched the last one fall.
An' I heard him say:

"I promised you, Dad, not to do the things you done.
I'll walk away from trouble when I can.
Now, please don't think I'm weak, I couldn't turn the other cheek,
Papa, I sure hope you understand:
Sometimes you gotta fight when you're a man."

Ev'ryone considered him the coward of the county.

Lyrics by Roger Bowling and Billy Edd Wheeler.
Recorded by Kenny Rogers.
 

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