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8 Apr '63 Hot 100

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He rode easy in the saddle, he was tall and lean And at first ya thought nothin' but a streak of mean Could make a man look so downright strong But one look in his eyes and ya knowed ya was wrong He was a mountain of a man and I want ya to know He could preach hot hell in the freezin' snow He carried a bible in a canvas sack The folks just called him the Reverend Mr. Black He was poor as a beggar but he rode like a king And sometimes in the evenin' I could hear him sing


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I got to walk that lonesome valley I got to walk it by myself For nobody else can walk it for me I got to walk it by myself If ever I could have thought this man in black Was soft, had any yellow up his back I gave that notion up the day A lumberjack came in and a-wasn't a-prayin' Yeah, he kicked open the meetin' house door And he cussed everybody up and down the floor And then when things got quiet in the place He walked up and cussed in the preacher's face He hit that reverend like the kick of a mule And to my way of thinkin' it took a pure fool To turn the other cheek to that lumberjack But that's what he did, the Reverend Mr. Black He stood like a rock, a man among men Then he let that lumberjack hit him again And then with a voice as kind as could be He cut him down like a big oak tree when he said You got to walk that lonesome valley You got to walk it by yourself For nobody else can walk it for you You got to walk it by yourself It's been many years since we had to part And I guess I learned his ways by heart I can still hear his sermons ring down in the valley where he used to sing I followed him, yes sir, and I don't regret it Hope that I'll always be a credit to his memory Cause I want ya to understand The Reverend Mr. Black was my old man You got to walk that lonesome valley You got to walk it by yourself For nobody else can walk it for you You got to walk it by yourself You got to walk that lonesome valley

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