Tom Dooley Lyrics

Doc Watson


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Dave Guard
album: Track 13 in album Doc Watson
release date: 1964
popularity : 8 users have visited this page.
genres: Blues Folk, World, & Country
styles: Country Blues/Folk
length: 3:16

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Hang your head, Tom Dooley,
Hang your head and cry;
You killed poor Laurie Foster,
And you know you're bound to die.
You left her by the roadside
Where you begged to be excused;
You left her by the roadside,
Then you hid her clothes and shoes.

Hang your head, Tom Dooley,
Hang your head and cry;
You killed poor Laurie Foster,
And you know you're bound to die.

You took her on the hillside
For to make her your wife;
You took her on the hillside,
And there you took her life.

You dug the grave four feet long
And you dug it three feet deep;
You rolled the cold clay over her
And tromped it with your feet.

Hang your head, Tom Dooley,
Hang your head and cry;
You killed poor Laurie Foster,
And you know you're bound to die.

"Trouble, oh it's trouble
A-rollin' through my breast;
As long as I'm a-livin', boys,
They ain't a-gonna let me rest.

I know they're gonna hang me,
Tomorrow I'll be dead,
Though I never even harmed a hair
On poor little Laurie's head."

Hang your head, Tom Dooley,
Hang your head and cry;
You killed poor Laurie Foster,
And you know you're bound to die.

"In this world and one more
Then reckon where I'll be;
If is wasn't for Sheriff Grayson,
I'd be in Tennessee.

You can take down my old violin
And play it all you please.
For at this time tomorrow, boys,
It'll be of no use to me."

Hang your head, Tom Dooley,
Hang your head and cry;
You killed poor Laurie Foster,
And you know you're bound to die.

"At this time tomorrow
Where do you reckon I'll be?
Away down yonder in the holler
Hangin' on a white oak tree.

Hang your head, Tom Dooley,
Hang your head and cry;
You killed poor Laurie Foster,
And you know you're bound to die


Track Listing


Vinyl 1
  • 1 Nashville Blues
  • 2 Sitting on Top of the World
  • 3 Intoxicated Rat
  • 4 Country Blues
  • 5 Talk About Suffering
  • 6 Born About Six Thousand Years Ago
  • 7 Black Mountain Rag
  • 8 Little Omie Wise
  • 9 Georgie Buck
  • 10 Doc's Guitar
  • 11 Deep River Blues
  • 12 St. James' Hospital
  • 13 Tom Dooley