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Jim Dixon 25 Jan 08 - 11:32 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: ARTHRITIS BLUES (Butch Hawes)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 25 Jan 08 - 11:32 PM

ARTHRITIS BLUES
Butch Hawes
(as sung by Ramblin' Jack Elliott)

Went to the doctor. The doctor looked sad.
Well, he looked in his book and he told me what I had,
And it's all kinds of trouble gonna find you somehow.

Arthritis is the thing to miss.
It'll leave you walkin' with a double twist,
And it's all kinds of trouble gonna find you somehow.

You can't stand up and you can't lay down.
You can't sit in a chair. You can't roll on the ground,
And it's all kinds of trouble gonna find you somehow.

Doctor, doctor, doctor, get your x-ray machine.
Well, it feels so good, just about like morphine,
And it's all kinds of trouble gonna find you somehow.

If you get to heaven, tell the judge for me:
I've had sixteen years of the third degree,
And it's all kinds of trouble gonna find you somehow.

You can chase it away with your sweet apple jack.
You wake up in the mornin' and it's squattin' on your back,
And it's all kinds of trouble gonna find you somehow.

Gin, rum, and whiskey will ease the pain.
You wake up in the morning and you're right back again.
And it's all kinds of trouble gonna find you somehow.

Arthritis is the thing to miss.
It will leave you walkin' with a double twist.
And it's all kinds of trouble gonna find you somehow.

If I live to be forty-three,
You'll find me runnin' like a Model T.
And it's all kinds of trouble gonna find you somehow.

Arthritis is the thing to miss.
It will leave you walkin' with a double twist.
And it's all kinds of trouble gonna find you somehow.

You can chase it away with your sweet apple jack.
You wake up in the mornin' squattin' on your back.
And it's all kinds of trouble gonna find you somehow.

Arthritis is the thing to miss.

[You can hear Ramblin' Jack Elliott's recording of this song on an archived radio program. Click to play and then advance to 1 hour 34 minutes from the beginning of the sound file.
[This recording is from his album "I Stand Alone," 2006. There is an earlier recording on his album "Country Style," 1962.]


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