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Roy Clark performs "I Never Picked Cotton"on Hee Haw 1970.

Roy Clark performs "I Never Picked Cotton"on Hee Haw 1970.

 

"I Never Picked Cotton" is a song made famous by country music singer Roy Clark. Written by Bobby George and Charles Williams, the song was released in 1970 as the title track to the album released that same year. The song peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart that summer.

Roy Clark I Never Picked Cotton lyrics

I never picked cotton

But my mother did and my brother did

And my sister did and my daddy died young

Workin' in the coal mine

 

When I was just a baby too little for a cotton sack

I played in the dirt while the others worked till they couldn't straighten their backs

And I made myself a promise when I was big enough to run

That I'd never stay a single day in that Oklahoma sun

 

And I never picked cotton

But my mother did and my brother did

And my sister did and my daddy died young

Workin' in the coal mine

 

Folks said I grew up early and in the farm that couldn't hold me then

So I stole ten bucks and a pickup truck and I never went back again

And it was fast cars and whiskey long haired girls and fun

I had everything that money could bring and I took it all with a gun

 

But I never picked cotton

But my mother did and my brother did

And my sister did and my daddy died young

Workin' in the coal mine

 

It was Saturday night in Memphis when a redneck grabbed my shirt

And when he said go back in your cotton sack I let 'im dyin' in the dirt

They'd take me in the mornin' to the gallows just outside

And in the time I've got there ain't a hullava lot that I can look back on with pride


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