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Johnny Cash
Album: Johnny Cash Is Coming to Town
Track: Let Him Roll

Let Him Roll Lyrics

-Solo-

Let him roll, boys, let him roll
I'll bet he's gone to Dallas, rest his soul

Now, he was a wino, tried and true
Done about everything there is to do
He worked on freighters an' he'd worked in bars
He worked on farms an' he'd worked on cars

Now it was white port wine that put that look in his eye
That grown men get when they need to cry
And we sat down on the curb to rest
And his head just fell down on his chest

He said, every single day it gets
Just a little bit harder to handle and yet
Then he lost the thread and his mind got cluttered
The words just rolled off down the gutter

He was a elevator man in a cheap hotel
In exchange for the rent on a one room cell
And he's years old, before his time
No thanks to the world, and the white port wine

So he says, son - he always called me son
He said, life for you has just begun
And then he told me the story that I'd heard before
How he fell in love with a Dallas whore

He could cut through the years to the very night
When it all ended in a whore house fight
And she turned his last proposal down
In favour of being a girl about town

Now it's been seventeen years, right in line
And he ain't been straight in none of the time
It's too many years of fightin' the weather
And too many nights of not being together - so he died

Let him roll, boys, let him roll
I'll bet he's gone to Dallas, rest his soul
Let him roll, boys, let him roll
He always thought that heaven was just a Dallas whore

When they went through his personal effects
In among the stubs from the welfare checks
Was a crumblin' picture of a girl in a door
An address in Dallas, and that no more

Well, the welfare people provided the priest
And a couple from the mission down the street
Sang, Amazing Grace, and nobody cried
'Cept some lady in black, way off to the side

We all left and she's standing there
The black veil covering that silver hair
And Ol' One-Eyed John said, her name was Alice
She used to be a whore in Dallas

Let him roll, (let him roll) boys, let him roll
I'll bet he's gone to Dallas, rest his soul
Let him roll, (let him roll) boys, let him roll
He always thought that heaven was just a Dallas whore

Let him roll, boys, let him roll

-Solo-

Let him roll, boys, let him roll

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