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THE YEAR
THAT CLAYTON DELANEY DIED
DLS   9-23-02
TOM T. HALL
"THE  STORYTELLER"
IN 1971, TOM T. HALL WROTE THE MUSIC, LYRICS AND RECORDED
"I REMEMBER THE YEAR THAT CLAYTON DELANEY DIED"

HE WAS BORN ON MAY 25, 1936 AT OLIVE HILL, KENTUCKY.

WHEN HE WAS FOUR YEARS-OLD,
HE WAS PICKIN' A GUITAR. 
WHEN HE WAS EIGHT YEARS-OLD,
HE WAS WRITING A NOVEL. 

WHEN HE WAS NINE YEARS-OLD, THOMAS HAD FINISHED WRITING
HIS FIRST SONG.
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 Tenn-o-see.
  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."

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.
Well, I know there's a lotta big preachers,
that know a lot more than I do.
But it could be that the Good Lord likes a little pickin' too.
Yeah, I remember the year that Clayton Delaney died!
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SEE "BACK WHEN GAS WAS 30 CENTS A GALLON" IN MUSIC BOOK #1,  "I LOVE LITTLE BABY DUCKS"  AND  "I TOOK A MEMORY TO LUNCH" IN MUSIC BOOK #3,  "OLD DOGS & CHILDREN" & "ONE-LEGGED CHICKEN" IN MUSIC BOOK # 6