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4 Jul '70 Hot 100
2 Jul '70 R&B

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[SPOKEN] I was born and raised down in Alabama On a farm way back up in the woods I was so raggedy Folks used to call me Patches Papa used to tease me about it Of course deep down inside He was thinking he had Done all he could do My papa was a great old man I can see him with His shovel in his hands See, education he never had But he did wonders when the time got bad A little money from the crops he raised Barely paid the bills we made Oh life had kicked him down to the plow When he tried to get up Life would kick him back down One day papa called me to his dying bed Put his hands on my shoulders And in tears, he said


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Patches, I'm depending on you, son To pull the family through My son, it's all left up to you [SPOKEN] Two days later papa passed away And I became a man that day So I told mama I was gonna quit school But she said that was daddy's strictest rule So every morning fore I went to school I fed the chickens and I chopped wood too Sometimes I felt that I couldn't go on I wanted to leave, just run away from home But I would remember what my daddy said With tears in his eyes on his dying bed He said, Patches I'm depending on you, son I tried to do my best It's up to you to do the rest But then one day a strong rain came And washed all the crops away And at the age of thirteen I thought I was carrying the weight Of the whole world on my shoulders And you know, mama knew What I was going through 'cause Everyday I had to work the fields 'Cause that's the only way we got our meals You see, I was the oldest of the family And everybody else depended on me Every night I heard my mama pray Lord, give him strength To face another day Though years have passed And all the kids are grown The angels took mama to a brand new home Lords knows, people, I she'd a tear But my daddy's voice Helped me through the years Saying, Patches I'm depending on you, son To pull the family through My son, it's all left up to you I could still hear papa when he'd say Patches, I'm depending on you, son I tried to do my best It's up to you to do the rest I could still hear papa when he'd say Patches, I'm depending on you, son...

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