"Ol' Red" as written by and D. Goodman J. Bohon....
Well I caught my wife with another man
And it cost me 99 on a prison farm
In Georgia close to the Florida line
Well I've been here for two long years
I finally made the warden my friend
And so he sentenced me to a life of ease
Takin' care of ol' red now ol' red
He's the damnedest dog that I've ever seen
Got a nose that can smell a two day trail
He's a four legged trackin' machine
You can consider yourself mighty lucky
To get past the gators in the quicksand fence
But all these years that I've been here ain't nobody got past red

And the warden sang
Come on somebody why don't you run
Ol' red's itchin' to have a little fun
Get my lantern get my gun
Red'll have you treed 'for the mornin' comes

Well I payed off the guard
And I sent out a letter to my cousin up in Tennessee
And he brought down a blue tick hound she was pretty as she could be
Well they pinned her up in the swamplands
'Bout a mile just south of the gate
Well I'd take ol' red for his evenin' runs
I'd just drop him off and wait

And the warden sang
Come on somebody why don't you run
Ol' red's itchin' to have a little fun
Get my lantern get my gun
Red'll have you treed 'for the mornin' comes

Now ol' red got real used to seein' his lady every night
So I kept him away for three or four days
And waited 'til the time got right
Well I made my run in the evenin' sun
And I smiled when I heard let red out
'Cause I was headed north to Tennessee and ol' red was headed south

And the warden sang
Come on somebody why don't you run
Ol' red's itchin' to have a little fun
Get my lantern get my gun
Red'll have you treed 'for the mornin' comes

Now there's red haired blue ticks
All in the south
Love got me in here
And love got me out


Lyrics submitted by shleigh03

"Ol' Red" as written by Hames E Bohon Donald Clint Goodman

Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing, MUSIC MILL ENTERTAINMENT, ZELLS MUSIC COMPANY

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    General CommentAwesome song - nice beat too
    WhiteWolfon September 19, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti love this song...i liked it even before i was into country music. its got an awesome beat and blake is hot
    countrygirl_04on December 19, 2004   Link
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    General Commentalso a brilliant way to get out of an old southern prison like the one in cool hand luke
    god_save_theQUEENon September 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commentis he really talking about a dog? or is there a metaphor that im not getting? "Now Ol' Red got real used to seeing His lady every night" ...?
    wutyanoboutdaton December 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI always think of Shawkshank Redemption during this song.
    oclover24on January 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI never really liked country until someone very special entered my life. when i started listening to it this became one of my favorite songs. now that he's gone, all i've got left is the music
    love_someoneon November 12, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"Well I caught my wife with another man And it cost me ninety nine" he's saying he got the man that was with his wife and now for that he's in prison for 99 years. (murdered him). "a blue tick hound, She was pretty as she could be, Well they penned her up in the swampland, 'Bout a mile just south of the gate, And I'd take Ol' Red for his evening run, I'd just drop him off and wait" he took the dog to see the other dog and just let Red do his thing. Now Ol' Red got real used to seeing His lady every night, And so I kept him away for three or four days,And waited till the time got right" Rdd was used to seeing the other dog so he kept him away for a few days so that when he was out for his run, he would go to the female instead of follow blake. "Love got me in here and love got me out" Love got him in there because he killed the man that was with is wife... love got him out because Red fell in love with the blue tick.



    mattnes114on September 08, 2011   Link

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