"Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town" as written by and Mel Tillis....
You've painted up your lips and rolled, and curled your tinted hair
Ruby are you contemplating going out somewhere?
The shadow on the wall tells me the sun is going down
Oh Ruby, don't take your love to town

It wasn't me that started this whole crazy Asian war
But I was proud to go and do my patriotic chore
Yes, it's true that I'm not the man I used to be
Oh Ruby, I still need some company

It's hard to love a man whose legs are bent and paralyzed
And the wants and the needs of a woman your age, Ruby, I realize
But it won't be long, I've heard them say until I'm not around
Oh Ruby, don't take your love to town

She's leaving now 'cause I just heard the slamming of the door
The way I know I've heard it slam one hundred times before
And if I could move I'd get my gun and put her in the ground
Oh Ruby, don't take your love to town
Oh Ruby, for God sakes turn around


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"Ruby Don't Take Your Love to Town" as written by Mel Tillis

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    General CommentHow has nobody commented on this song? Is it just too obvious what it is about? One of the saddest song I have heard.
    three3threeon November 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. A lot.
    LN_the_Felonon January 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. A lot.
    LN_the_Felonon January 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is a cover originally written by Mel Tillis.

    There are quite a few other bands that have covered this, most recently, The Killers.

    I really like it. It's pretty clear to me what it's about. Just take the lyrics literally.
    fraudulentfoxon January 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWait - Cake covered this song? I will forever associate it with - God help us - Kenny Rogers.
    heidranceon August 28, 2008   Link

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