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Wade Ray - Take An Old Cold ’Tater and Wait

Wade Ray And The Texas Troubadours sings Take An Old Cold ’Tater and Wait on The Ernest Tubb Show.

Wade Ray (April 13, 1913 in Evansville, Indiana – November 11, 1998 in Sparta, IL) was an American Western Swing fiddler and vocalist.His bands, the Wade Ray Five, Wade Ray And His Ozark Mountain Boys, etc., included musicians such as Kenneth Carllile and Curly Chalker. He retired to Sparta, Illinois in 1979 where he died in 1998.

Little Jimmy Dickens - Take An Old Cold Tater lyrics 

 

When I was a little boy around the table at home

I remember very well when company would come

I would have to be right still until the whole crowd ate

My Mama always said to me "Jim take a tater and wait."

 

CHORUS:

Now 'taters never did taste good with chicken on the plate

But I had to eat 'em just the same

That is why I look so bad and have these puny ways

Because I always had to an old cold 'tater and wait.

And then the preachers they would come to stay awhile with us

I would have to slip around and raise a little fuss

In fear that I would spill the beans or break the china plate

My Mama always said to me, "Jim, take a 'tater and wait."

 

CHORUS:

 

Well I though that I'd starve to death before my time would come

All that chicken they would eat and just leave me the bun

The feet and neck were all that's left upon the china plate

It makes you pretty darn weak to take an old cold 'tater and wait.

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