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Johnny Cash
Album: Old Golden Throat
Track: Smiling Bill McCall

Smiling Bill McCall Lyrics

(Johnny Cash)
© '60 Anne Rachel Music, ASCAP / Song Of Cash Music, ASCAP

Well the whole town listened to the radio for the Smiling Bill McCall Show
Everyone in Nashville was listenin' to Bill
I don't want to be layin' in bed when they pronounce me dead
He'd stand and breathe in the microphone with his guitar hangin' to his kneebone
All the girls just sat and dreamed when Bill began his sing
I don't want my hat to be hung when my last song is sung
But he never let fame go to his head this is Smiling Bill McCall he said
Gonna pick and sing a song or two you all listen till I'm through
And if you're at the house or in your car tune in this time tomorrow
To all the boys he was a big hero that'd glue their ears to the radio
Then talkin' a most unusual drawl imitatin' Bill McCall
Daddy can I get me a guitar cause I want to be a star
The girls would say of Bill McCall why I bet he's over six feet tall
Handsomest man in Nashville they said of Smiling Bill
He won't be plantin' potato slips when he cashes in his chips
Then one day Bill didn't make the show didn't even show up for a week or so
The station's boss said to city hall find Smiling Bill McCall
It won't be hard to track him down he's got the biggest feet in town
Well there's a creek that runs through Nashville
And on the bank they found Smiling Bill
He's committin' suicide but they grabbed him before he tried
Turn me loose I want to jump he screamed cause I can't stand that theme
Let this be my final breath cause I'm scared half to death
The big brave Smiling Bill McCall is only four feet tall
I'd rather be in the river dead than to hear 'em laughin' at my bald head

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