A Bad Half Hour
Tom Russell Lyrics


Wonder why I feel so restless;
Moon is shinin' still and bright,
Cattle all is restin' easy,
But I just can't sleep tonight.
Ain't no cactus in my blankets,
Don't know why they feel so hard-
'Less it's Warblin' Jim a-singing
"Annie Laurie" out on guard.

"Annie Laurie"-wish he'd quit it!
Couldn't sleep now if I tried.
Makes the night seem big and lonesome,
And my throat feels sore inside.
How my Annie used to sing it!
And it sounded good and gay
Nights I drove her home from dances
When the east was turnin' gray.

Yes, "her brow was like the snowdrift"
And her eyes like quiet streams,
"And her face"-I still can see it
Much too frequent in my dreams;
And her hand was soft and trembly
That night beneath the tree,
When I couldn't help but tell her
She was "all the world to me."

But her folks said I was "shif'less,"
"Wild," "unsettled,"-they were right,
For I leaned to punchin' cattle
And I'm at it still tonight.
And she married young Doc Wilkins-
Oh, my Lord, I took it hard!
Wish that fool would quit his singing
"Annie Laurie" out on guard!

"Annie Laurie"-wish he'd quit it!
Couldn't sleep now if I tried.
Makes the night seem big and lonesome,
My throat feels sore inside.
Oh I just can't stand it thinkin'
Of the things that happened then.
Those good times, they're all apast me!
Never seem to come again-
My turn? Sure, I'll come a-runnin'.
Warm me up some coffee, pard-
But I'll stop that fool from singin'
"Annie Laurie" out on guard.

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Wade Karbs

Great song! Great album! Can you post "Rings of Fire" from this same album?

Dick Varga

don't be a whaaat?

bdwatson1965

Sorry! I meant no offense! I've changed the epithet in the comment now to help protect the Dicks of the world from further abuse. You can still be who you are, just don't steal the song. :-)

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