Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine Lyrics

Tom T. Hall


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Tom Hall, Tom T. Hall
album: Track 1 in album The Storyteller
release date: 1972
popularity : 4 users have visited this page.
genres: Folk, World, & Country
styles: Country/Folk
length: 4:11

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Tom T. Hall The Storyteller cover art
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"How old do you think I am?" he said.
I said, well, I didn't know.
He said, "I turned 65 about 11 months ago."

I was sittin' in miami pourin' blended whiskey down
When this old gray black gentleman was cleanin' up the lounge

There wasn't anyone around 'cept this old man and me
The guy who ran the bar was watchin' "ironsides" on tv
Uninvited, he sat down and opened up his mind
On old dogs and children and watermelon wine

"Ever had a drink of watermelon wine?" he asked
He told me all about it, though I didn't answer back
"Ain't but three things in this world that's worth a solitary dime,
But old dogs and children and watermelon wine."

He said, "women think about they-selves, when menfolk ain't around.
And friends are hard to find when they discover that you're down."
He said, "I tried it all when I was young and in my natural prime;
Now it's old dogs and children and watermelon wine."

"Old dogs care about you even when you make mistakes;
God bless little children while they're still too young to hate."
When he moved away I found my pen and copied down that line
'Bout old dogs and children and watermelon wine.

I had to catch a plane up to atlanta that next day
As I left for my room I saw him pickin' up my change
That night I dreamed in peaceful sleep of shady summertime
Of old dogs and children and watermelon wine.


Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 More About John Henry
  • 2 When Nobody Wants Your Body Anymore
  • 3 Windy City Anne
  • 4 The Story Of Your Life Is In Your Face
  • 5 Willy The Wandering Gispsy And Me
  • 6 St.Louis Named A Shoe After Me
  • 7 Old Dogs, Children And Watermelon Wine
  • 8 The Rolling Mills Of Middletown
  • 9 Grandma Whistled
  • 10 A Piece Of The Road
  • 11 One More Song For Jesus