Oh, the path was deep and wide from footsteps leading to our cabin
Above the door there burned a scarlet lamp
And late at night a hand would knock and there would stand a stranger
Yes, I'm the son of Hickory Holler's tramp
Yeah, the weeds were high, the corn was dry, when Daddy took to drinkin'
Him and Sally Walker, they up and ran away
Then Mama shed a silent tear and promised fourteen children
I swear you'll never see a hungry day
When mama sacrificed her pride, the neighbours started talkin'
But we were much too young to understand the things they said
All we really cared about was Mama's chicken dumplin's
And a goodnight kiss before we went...(more)
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