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Church Street Blues
Tony Rice Lyrics


Lord I been hangin' out of town in that low down rain
Watchin' good time Charlie friend is drivin' me insane
Down on shady Charlotte Street the green lights look red
Wish I was back home on the farm in my feather bed.

Get myself a rockin' chair
To see if I can lose
Them thin dime hard times
Hell on Church Street blues.

Found myself a picker friend who's read yesterday's news
Folded up page twenty-one and stuck it in my shoe
Gave a nickle to the poor my good turn for the day
Folded up my own little folder threw it far away.

Lord I wish I had some guitar strings Old Black Diamond brand
I'd string up this old Martin box and go and join some band
But I guess I'll just stay right here just pick and sing a while
Try to make me a little change and give them folks a smile

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Written by: Norman Blake

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[Verse 1]
Well I've been hangin' out of town, Lord, in that low down rain
Watchin' good time Charlie Francis drivin' me insane
Up on shady Charlotte Street, Lord, the green lights look red
I wish I's back home on the farm, Lord, in my feather bed

[Chorus]
And I got myself a rockin' chair
To see if I could lose
These thin dime, hard time
Hell on Church Street blues

[Verse 2]
I found myself a picker friend who's read yesterday's news
I folded up page twenty-one and stuck it in my shoes
I gave me a nickel to the poor, my good turn for the day
I folded up my own billfold, threw it far away

[Chorus]
And I got myself a rockin' chair
To see if I could lose
These thin dime, hard time
Hell on Church Street blues

[Verse 3]
Well, I wish I had some guitar strings, Old Black Diamond brand
I'd string up this old Martin box and go and join some band
But I guess I'm gonna stay right here, just pick and sing a while
Try to make me a little change and give them folks a smile

[Chorus]
And I got myself a rockin' chair
To see if I could lose
These thin dime, hard time
Hell on Church Street blues

[Final Repeat of Chorus]
And I got myself a rockin' chair
To see if I could lose
These thin dime, hard time
Hell on Church Street blues



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Benny Shavers Music

This is how we should remember Tony.
This video of his great voice and incredible guitar playing that will never be forgotten. Rest in peace Tony Rice 🕊

elgoog kcuf

@Nate Bily first heard this like 10 years ago. Went from playing metal and rock solos to playing bluegrass classics. Hell playing this is basically soloing the whole song.

Clinton Caraway

Amen...

John Hudson

The voice is great, guitar playing amazing, but the smile is the best. RIP.

Popcorn Tonto

Rest in peace

Benny Shavers Music

@Nasty Hardcore Yes, on Christmas morning

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Mark Schuler

His picking is flawless.

Louis Alexander Gasser Londoño

@Patrick Hoburg flaws? Could you point them out? I've transcribed this recording note for note and haven't heard them.

Richard James

@Chelsea Frigault Smith ok cool. It was kinda hard to tell. Thanks for the response

Chelsea Frigault Smith

@Richard James Just the pick for this tune

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