Clayton Delaney (Steve Pardy) video
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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.

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 Tennessee.

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.

Well, 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;
I know there's a lotta big preachers
who know a lot more than I do,
But it could be that the good Lord
likes a little pickin' too.
I remember the year that Clayton Delaney died.

####.... Tom T Hall [born 1936] Olive Hill, Kentucky, American country balladeer, songwriter, and country singer, (In Search Of A Song, trk#1, Mercury Records, Nashville, Tennessee, Billboard Hot Country Singles number-one, Sep 18 - Sep 25, 1971) ....####
Recorded by Steve Pardy (Good Ol' Newfie Outhouse / Steve Pardy And The Country Telstars, trk#7, 1974, Audat Records, Oshawa, Ontario, recorded at Memorial University Studio, St John's, NL, engineered by Ron Duclos, Fivetake Group Productions Limited).


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