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Lyrics by: Tom T. Hall
# Debut Chart
1 Jul '71 Country
42 Aug '71 Hot 100


I remember the year that Clayton Delaney died They said for the last two weeks that he suffered and cried It made a big impression on me, although I was a barefoot kid They said he got religion at the end and I`m glad that he did

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Clayton was the best guitar picker in our town I thought he was a hero and I used to follow Clayton around I often wondered why Clayton, who seemed so good to me Never took his guitar and made it down in Tenn-o-see Well, Daddy said he drank a lot, but I could never understand I knew he used to pick up in Ohio with a five-piece band Clayton used to tell me, `Son you better put that old guitar away, There ain`t no money in it, it`ll lead you to an early grave.` I guess if I`d admit it, Clayton taught me how to drink booze I can see him half-stoned a-pickin` out the lovesick blues When Clayton died I made him a promise, I was gonna carry on somehow I`d give a hundred dollars if he could only see me now I remember the year that Clayton Delaney died Nobody ever knew it but I went out in the woods and I cried Well, I know there`s a lotta big preachers that know a lot more than I do But it could be that the good Lord likes a little pickin` too Yeah, I remember the year that Clayton Delaney died


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