Who Sang Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town? Kenny Rogers & The First Edition

Kenny Rogers & The First Edition Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town cover art
Release information
Writer(s): Mel Tillis
Release Date: 1969
length: 2:58
Some other versions of "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town"

Lyrics
You've painted up your lips and rolled and curled your tinted hair,
Ruby are you contemplating going out somewhere?
The shadows on the wall tell me the sun is going down,
Oh Ruby, don't take your love to town.

It wasn't me that started that old crazy Asian war,
But I was proud to go and do my patriotic chore,
And yes, it's true that I'm not the man I used to be,
Oh Ruby, I still need some company.

It's hard to love a man whose legs are bent and paralyzed,
And the wants and needs of a woman your age really I realize,
But it won't be long, I've heard them say, until I'm not around,
Oh Ruby, don't take your love to town.

She's leaving now cause I just heard the slamming of the door,
The way I know I heard its slams one hundred times before,
And if I could move I'd get my gun and put her in the ground,
Oh Ruby, don't take your love to town.

Oh Ruby, for God's sake, turn around

Tracklist
Vinyl 1
  • 1 Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town
  • 2 Me and Bobby McGee
  • 3 New Design
  • 4 Always Leaving, Always Gone
  • 5 Listen to the Music
  • 6 Sunshine
  • 7 Once Again She's Alone
  • 8 Girl Get a Hold of Yourself
  • 9 Time Liberation
  • 10 Reuben James

  • Release information
    label: Reprise Records
    country(area): United States
    format: Vinyl
    script: Latin