Pinwheel of Death

Porter Wagoner


SONGS

Writers Bill Anderson

Genres Classic Rock, Country

Recorded 1967

Lyrics I GOT BACK IN TOWN
A DAY BEFORE
I PLANNED TO,
I SMILED AND SAID
I'LL SURE SURPRISE MY WIFE,
I DON'T THINK I'LL PHONE,
I'LL JUST HEAD ON HOME,
FOR I DIDN'T KNOW
THE COLD HARD FACTS
OF LIFE.
I PASSED A LITTLE WINE STORE
ON THE CORNER,
I PICTURED BIG CHAMPAGNE
BY CANDLE LIGHT.
I STOPPED THE CAR
RIGHT THEN,
GOT OUT
AND HURRIED IN,
MY MIND NOT ON
THE COLD HARD FACTS OF LIFE.
A STRANGER STOOD THERE
LAUGHING BY THE COUNTER,
HE SAID
I'LL TAKE TWO BOTTLES
OF YOUR BEST,
HER HUSBAND'S OUT OF TOWN
AND THERE'S A PARTY,
HE WINKED AS IF TO SAY
YOU KNOW THE REST.
I LEFT THE STORE
TWO STEPS BEHIND THE STRANGER,
FROM THERE TO MY HOUSE
HE STAYED IN SIGHT.
BUT IT WASN'T TILL HE TURNED
INTO MY DRIVE
THAT I LEARNED
I WAS WITNESSING
THE COLD HARD FACTS OF LIFE.
I DROVE AROUND THE BLOCK
TILL I WAS DIZZY,
EACH TIME THE NOISE
CAME LOUDER FROM WITHIN,
AND THEN I SAW
OUR BOTTLE THERE BESIDE ME,
AND I DRANK A FIFTH OF COURAGE
AND WALKED IN.
LORD, YOU SHOULD'VE SEEN
THEIR FRANTIC FACES,
THEY SCREAMED AND CRIED
PLEASE PUT AWAY THAT KNIFE,
I GUESS I'LL GO TO HELL
OR I'LL ROT HERE
IN THE CELL.
BUT WHO TAUGHT WHO
THE COLD HARD FACTS OF LIFE,
WHO TAUGHT WHO
THE COLD HARD FACTS OF LIFE.
Writers Bill Anderson

Genres Country, Classic Country

Recorded 1964

Lyrics verse 1:
THE ONE I LOVE
DON'T WANT ME
HANGIN' 'ROUND,
ALL SHE DOES
IS PUT ME ON
AND PUT ME DOWN.
TONIGHT
HE'S WITH A STRANGER
AT A PARTY IN HER HOME,
AND I'M HERE AT THE TAVERN
GETTING STONED.

Chorus:
'CAUSE IF I GOTTA GO,
I'LL GO DOWN SWINGING,
WHERE THERE'S LIGHTS
AND LAUGHTER,
BOOZE AND BLONDS,
AND LOTS OF SAD,
SAD SINGING.
I'LL SOBER UP TOMORROW,
AND CRY ALL DAY I KNOW
AT LEAST
I'LL GO DOWN SWINGING,
WHAT A SWINGING WAY
TO GO.

verse 2:
I'LL DANCE
WITH ALL THE GIRLS
AND BUY THE WINE:
PLAY THE JUKEBOX
'TILL I'M DOWN
TO MY LAST DIME.
SHE THINKS SHE'S MADE
A FOOL OF ME
BY LOVING SOMEONE ELSE
SHE SHOULD SEE ME
MAKE A FOOL
OUT OF MY SELF.

Chorus:
'CAUSE IF I GOTTA GO,
I'LL GO DOWN SWINGING,
WHERE THERE'S LIGHTS
AND LAUGHTER,
BOOZE AND BLONDS,
AND LOTS OF SAD,
SAD SINGING.
I'LL SOBER UP TOMORROW,
AND CRY ALL DAY I KNOW
AT LEAST
I'LL GO DOWN SWINGING,
WHAT A SWINGING WAY
TO GO.
Writers Bill Anderson, Jeannie Seely

Genres Country, Classic Country

Recorded 1963

Lyrics verse 1:
YOU LOOK BETTER TONIGHT
THAN I REMEMBER,
I'M SO GLAD
TO SEE YOU
ONCE AGAIN.
I'VE ENJOYED
JUST SITTIN' DOWN
REMINISCING,
BUT I'VE ENJOYED
AS MUCH OF THIS
AS I CAN STAND.

Chorus:
OH, THERE'S SO MUCH MORE
BETWEEN US
THAN THIS TABLE.
ALL OUR HOPES,
ALL OUR DREAMS,
AND ALL MY PLANS.
YES, IT GOES
WITHOUT ME SAYIN'
I STILL LOVE YOU,
BUT I'VE ENJOYED
AS MUCH OF THIS
AS I CAN STAND.

verse 2:
YOU SAY YOU WISH
THAT I COULD GET TO KNOW
YOUR NEW LOVE,
YEAH,
WE'LL TRY TO GET TOGETHER
NOW AND THEN.
NO, I DON'T THINK
I'LL HAVE TIME
TO SEE HISHER PICTURE,
NOT RIGHT NOW
'CAUSE I'VE ENJOYED
AS MUCH OF THIS
AS I CAN STAND.

Chorus:
OH, THERE'S SO MUCH
MORE BETWEEN US
THAN THIS TABLE.
ALL OUR HOPES,
ALL OUR DREAMS,
AND ALL MY PLANS.
YES, IT GOES
WITHOUT ME SAYIN'
I STILL LOVE YOU,
BUT I'VE ENJOYED
AS MUCH OF THIS
AS I CAN STAND.

YES, IT GOES
WITHOUT ME SAYIN'
I HATE TO LEAVE YOU,
BUT I'VE ENJOYED
AS MUCH OF THIS
AS I CAN STAND.
Writers Red Hayes, Jack Rhodes

Genres Country, Classic Country

Recorded 1955

Lyrics HOW MANY TIMES
HAVE YOU HEARD
SOMEONE SAY,
IF I HAD HIS MONEY,
I WOULD DO THINGS
MY WAY
BUT LITTLE THEY KNOW
THAT IT'S SO HARD
TO FIND,
ONE RICH MAN IN TEN,
WITH A SATISFIED MIND.

ONCE I WAS WINNING
IN FORTUNE AND FAME
EV'RYTHING
THAT I DREAMED FOR
TO GET A START
IN LIFE'S GAME.
BUT SUDDENLY
IT HAPPENED,
I LOST EV'RY DIME
BUT I'M RICHER
BY FAR
WITH A SATISFIED MIND.

MONEY CAN'T BUY BACK
YOUR YOUTH
WHEN YOU'RE OLD,
OR A FRIEND
WHEN YOU'RE LONELY
OR A LOVE
THAT'S GROWN COLD
THE WEALTHIEST PERSON,
IS A PAUPER AT TIMES,
COMPARED TO THE MAN
WITH A SATISFIED MIND.

WHEN LIFE HAS ENDED,
MY TIME HAS RUN OUT,
MY FRIENDS
AND MY LOVED ONES
I'LL LEAVE
THERE'S NO DOUBT
BUT ONE THING
FOR CERTAIN,
WHEN IT COMES
MY TIME,
I'LL LEAVE
THIS OLD WORLD
WITH A SATISFIED MIND.