"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 tell me the sun is going down
Oh, Ruby, don't take your love to town

It wasn't me that started that old crazy Asian war
But I was proud to go and do my patriotic chore
And 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 needs of a woman your age, really, 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 heard its slams 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's sake, turn around


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"Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town [Bonus Track]" as written by Mel Tillis

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    General Comment This song depicts one of the least talked about horrors of war. And probably the most ignored. I only hope that those of us disabled by war or other means can find something to hold on to. Volunteer at a crisis help-line, write a book, paint or sculpt. Do whatever it takes. You're a lot stronger than you think.
    babsdaddyon April 22, 2010   Link
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    General Comment This song depicts one of the least talked about horrors of war. And probably the most ignored. I only hope that those of us disabled by war or other means can find something to hold on to. Volunteer at a crisis help-line, write a book, paint or sculpt. Do whatever it takes. You're a lot stronger than you think.
    babsdaddyon April 22, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAnyone think this is partially inspired by Johnny Cash's "Don't Take Your Guns to Town"?
    Zorro3on January 23, 2013   Link
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    My OpinionIn my opinion they are both guilty. As for ruby, she is cheating on his very face! No wonder why he wants to put her in the ground. She sweared before God to love him in good and bad times, when they got married. As for him, he was so selfish in leaving her alone to go a kill people in a war. He didn'tthink of her when he did it. He sweared before God to take care of her but he didn't . He left her alone when she needed him the most, she is young. Patriotic chore? Excuses!!!! His most important chore was her. For me they're both guilty.....I hate abandoners.
    tamalitoon January 16, 2014   Link
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    General CommentOnly 1 comment so far??? wtf!
    orangebeakeron November 06, 2011   Link

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