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I Never Picked Cotton

Roy Clark
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I never picked cotton
But my mother did and my brother did
And my sister did and my daddy died young
Workin' in the coal mine

When I was just a baby too little for a cotton sack
I played in the dirt while the others worked til they couldn't straighten their backs
And I made myself a promise when I was big enough to run
That I'd never stay a day in that Oklahoma sun

And I never picked cotton
But my mother did and my brother did
And my sister did and my daddy died young
Workin' in the coal mine

Folks said I grew up early and in the farm that couldn't hold me
So I stole ten bucks and a pickup truck and I never went back again
And it was fast cars and whiskey, long haired girls and fun
I had everything money could bring and I took it all with a gun

But I never picked cotton
But my mother did and my brother did
And my sister did and my daddy died young
Workin' in the coal mine

It was Saturday night in Memphis when a redneck grabbed my shirt
And when he said go back to your cotton sack I left him dyin' in the dirt
They take me in the mornin' to the gallows just outside
And in the time I've got there ain't a helluva a lot I can look back on in pride

But I never picked cotton
But my mother did and my brother did
And my sister did and my daddy died young
Workin' in the coal mine

But I never picked cotton
But my mother did and my brother did
And my sister did and my daddy died young
Workin' in the coal mine


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