Dooley
The Dillards Lyrics


Dooley was a good ole man
He lived below the mill
Dooley had two daughters
And a forty-gallon still

One gal watched the boiler
The other watched the spout
And mama corked the bottles
And ole Dooley fetched 'em out.
Dooley slippin' up the holler
Dooley try to make a dollar
Dooley give me a swaller
And I'll pay you back someday.

The revenuers came for him
A-sippin' though the woods
Dooley kept behind them all
And never lost his goods

Dooley was a trader
When into town he'd come
Sugar by the bushel
And molasses by the ton.

Dooley slippin' up the holler
Dooley try to make a dollar
Dooley gimme a swaller
And I'l pay you back someday.

I remember very well
The day ole Dooley died
The women folk weren't sorry
And the men stood round and cried

Now Dooleys on the mountain
He lies there all alone
They put a jug beside him
And a barrel for his stone.

Dooley slippin' up the holler
Dooley try to make a dollar
Dooley gimme a swaller
And I'll pay you back someday.

Lyrics © LYNNE GREEN-MELINCOFF D/B/A HOFFMAN HOUSE MUSIC
Written by: M. JAYNE, R. DILLARD

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Bons Temps Growers

here are the lyrics:Dooley was a good ole man
He lived below the mill
Dooley had two daughters
And a forty-gallon still

One gal watched the boiler
The other watched the spout
And mama corked the bottles
And ole Dooley fetched 'em out.

Dooley slippin' up the holler
Dooley try to make a dollar
Dooley give me a swaller
And I'll pay you back someday.

The revenuers came for him
A-sippin' though the woods
Dooley kept behind them all
And never lost his goods

Dooley was a trader
When into town he'd come
Sugar by the bushel
And molasses by the ton.

Dooley slippin' up the holler
Dooley try to make a dollar
Dooley gimme a swaller
And I'l pay you back someday.

I remember very well
The day ole Dooley died
The women folk weren't sorry
And the men stood round and cried

Now Dooleys on the mountain
He lies there all alone
They put a jug beside him
And a barrel for his stone.

Dooley slippin' up the holler
Dooley try to make a dollar
Dooley gimme a swaller
And I'll pay you back someday.



Miss Iconoclast

Rap, Hip Hop fan mostly.
But this brings back some wonderful memories myself.

20 year old female, a mexican immigrant, but this show brings back crazy memories.
My grandpa and great grandpa has lived in mexico all their lives, but commuted to Texas to make good money for their family back home.
My great grandfather always talked about how he and His father would help the ranchers as cattle hands, guarding the livestock, moving them across long distances, and all this while great grand dad was only a 14 year old kid with his father. He said, ironically, back in those days there wasnt really much racism like it was now.
All men worked and pulled their weight and that was pretty much the only determining factor in the matter.
My great grandfather and grandfather worked hard for years, saving every penny, so that my family could have a shot one day.
Me and grandpa would watch this show all the time, and he loved the episodes with the darlings. His accent was always heavy, his English broken and flawed, but he's never been much of a talker anyway.
However, when he'd play his guitar or banjo at get togethers, after the mexican folk songs were over and the rest of his mariachi friends went home, he'd always play some bluegrass, and never once did his accent slip.
He'd play this song just for me. "His girl" and told me that no matter what I may experience in America (I was still very young and new to the country) or may hear from people, I have roots in this great country, and came from hard working men who had just as much if a hand in building this place as anyone else, and to judge the country not by anything negative I may hear, but by what the country is offering me, which is a chance, opportunity, protection, freedom.

Everytime I hear this song in particular I think about Grandpa, how strong and confident his voice was when he sang the words, how his broken English never showed through on this song he knew every syllable and sound to by heart.
Him and great grandad were true gentlemen of a bygone era.

Some of us may not have been around to experience these times,
but thats exactly why we should treasure and share and cherish this kinf of music,
the wonderful, beautiful relics of our past,
a past that, while not being born in this country, I am proud to say feel like they belong to me, as well.



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The Dillards - Mayberry and Beyond

Still one of our most requested songs!

LeftyWriterTx

And for a very good reason......it's a fantastically done song!

Anthony Davis

One of my favorite Bluegrass songs of all time

BOJANGLES

I hope so. I think ever since “The Darlings” told sheriff Andy to pick on that guitar missing the top string, every kid in my family that learns to play learns to play Dooley. It’s our family song.

Lance Chadwell

Just watched the Mountain Wedding episode of Andy Griffith where y'all sang this one. Y'alls episodes were the best ones!

Ted Bess

Love this song and all the pickin ya'll play!

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Zaphod Beeblebrox

These fellas were an under-appreciated American treasure.

Mr. BLACKHAWK

Yup! Too bad someJuan went and DUG em up!

Astra Luna

This comment is absolutely goddamn right

Chad Brunsvold

For sure. One of the best.

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