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George Jones performs "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes"

"Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes" is a song written by Troy Seals and Max D. Barnes and recorded by American country music singer George Jones. It was recorded for his 1985 album Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes, from which it was released in late 1985 as the first single. The song peaked at number three on the Hot Country Singles chart in mid-1985.

 

Jones sings of the irreplacibility of country music legends including Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty, Roy Acuff, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Charlie Rich, Hank Williams, Marty Robbins, and Lefty Frizzell. After remarking about these singers' impacts on country music.

George Jones - Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes Lyrics

 

You know this old world is full of singers

But just a few are chosen

To tear your heart out when they sing

Imagine life without them

All your radio heroes

Like the outlaw that walks through Jesse's dream

No, there will never be another

Red-Headed Stranger

A Man in Black and Folsom Prison Blues

The Okie from Muskogee

Or Hello Darling

Lord, I wonder, who's gonna fill their shoes?

Who's gonna fill their shoes?

Who's gonna stand that tall?

Who's gonna play the Opry

And the Wabash Cannonball?

Who's gonna give their heart and soul

To get to me and you?

Lord I wonder, who's gonna fill their shoes?

God bless the boys from Memphis

Blue Suede Shoes and Elvis

Much too soon he left this world in tears

They tore up the Fifties

Old Jerry Lee and Charlie

And Go Cat Go still echoes through the years

You know the heart of country music

Still beats in Luke the Drifter

You can tell when he sang "I Saw the Light"

Old Marty, Hank and Lefty

Why I can feel 'em right here with me

On this Silver Eagle rolling through the night

Who's gonna fill their shoes?

Who's gonna stand that tall?

Who's gonna play the Opry

And the Wabash Cannonball?

Who's gonna give their heart and soul

To get to me and you?

Lord I wonder, who's gonna fill their shoes?

Yes I wonder, who's gonna fill their shoes?


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