hard times lyrics – gillian welch

“hard times”

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 muley-cow
calling, “come on my sweet old girl, and i’d bet the whole d*mn 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.
that big machine is just picking up speed
they were supping on tears, they were 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 the dusty old h*rn 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

/ gillian welch lyrics