There was a camp town man, used to plow and sing
And he loved that mule and the mule loved him
When the day got long as it does about now
I'd hear him singing to his mule cow
Calling, "Come on my sweet old girl, and I'll bet the whole damn world
That we're gonna make it yet to the end of the row"

Singing "Hard times ain't gonna rule my mind
Hard times ain't gonna rule my mind, Bessie
Hard times ain't gonna rule my mind no more"

Said it's a mean old world, heavy in need
And that big machine is just picking up speed
And we're supping on tears, and we're supping on wine
We all get to heaven in our own sweet time
So come all you Asheville boys and turn up your old-time noise
And kick 'til the dust comes up from the cracks in the floor

Singing, "Hard times ain't gonna rule my mind, brother
Hard times ain't gonna rule my mind
Hard times ain't gonna rule my mind no more"

But the camp town man, he doesn't plow no more
I seen him walking down to the cigarette store
Guess he lost that knack and he forgot that song
Woke up one morning and the mule was gone
So come on, you ragtime kings, and come on, you dogs, and sing
And pick up a dusty old horn and give it a blow

Playing, "Hard times ain't gonna rule my mind, honey
Hard times ain't gonna rule my mind, sugar
Hard times ain't gonna rule my mind no more"


Lyrics submitted by pomegranatesROCK, edited by smallwonderrobot, GDW

"Hard Times" as written by Gillian Howard Welch David Todd Rawlings

Lyrics © Wixen Music Publishing

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    General Commenti feel extremly stupid because i have not a clue what these lyrics mean. BUT i fell in love w/ Gillian Welch when i heard this song cause it's the first on her cd.. then , i found this AMAZING live accoustic version of this song w/ Ryan Adams and Gillian Welch. wow. it's fantabulous... the harmonies... and the guitar... perfecto.
    pomegranatesROCKon July 28, 2002   Link

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