The Old Kelly Place Lyrics

Walter Brennan


album: Track 2 in album Old Rivers - 'Twas The Night Before Christmas...Back Home
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I guess there was a time I could have left this old place
As a young man I longed to see more than fields of corn
I remember once I had a hundred dollars saved
But dad needed it to put in this old farm.
He used to say son you got to put down roots
Just like I done and the Kelly's before me
He'd pick up a handful of that wore out dirty
And I knowed I was in for this familiar old story.
You know that forty acres we got in corn this year
Your great grand daddy cleared that land
With two big mules and sweat and tears
And a good woman who lent him a hand.
And when he give out before his time
Them boys of his hand land of their own
So you see all of this that I call mine
Is more in the neighborhood of just a loan.
From father to son through a hundred years
For generations still unknown
Every Kelly passin' through this way
Will know this place as home.
Yet dad had a way of tellin' that story
Sorta kept me a-lingerin' on
While all my younger brothers drifted away one by one
But I couldn't leave him alone.
And today when that oldest son of mine
Got to talkin' about places he longed to see
I told him once again that old familiar story
Just the way it was told to me.
From father to son through a hundred years
For generations still unknown
Every Kelly passin' through this way
Will know this place as home...

Track Listing

  • 1 Old Rivers
  • 2 The Old Kelly Place
  • 3 Conversation With A Mule
  • 4 The Farmer & The Lord
  • 5 Happy Birthday Old Folk
  • 6 It Takes A Heap Of Living (To Make A House A Home)
  • 7 Boll Weevil
  • 8 Steal Away
  • 9 Pickin' Time
  • 10 Old Rivers' Trunk
  • 11 White Christmas
  • 12 Just Three Letters For Christmas
  • 13 A Farmer's Christmas Prayer
  • 14 Henry Had A Merry Christmas
  • 15 Old Time Christmas Stories
  • 16 (There's No Place Like) Home For The Holidays
  • 17 Silent Night
  • 18 Christmas Together
  • 19 Let The Bells Ring Out
  • 20 A Good Year For Santa Claus
  • 21 O Come Ye Faithful