Billy Paul Lyrics - Vince Gill

Vince Gill Guitar Slinger cover art
Release information
Writer(s): Vincent Grant Gill
Release Date: 2011-10-24
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country
length: 3:51
What made you go crazy, Billy Paul?
Was it true love or too much alcohol?
Was your back all the way against the wall?
What made you go crazy, Billy Paul?

You were my friend for nearly twenty years
You loved my dirty jokes and ice cold beer
Tonight my eyes are filling up with tears
'Cause it'll never be the same without you here

When your picture cam across the evening news
Said they found a woman dead up in your room
Well I hit my knees and prayed it wasn't true
Man it killed me when I found out it was you


Now I've seen you at your best and now your worst
The best of you is what I'll remember first
We'll read your momma's favorite Bible verse
And then watch you ride away in that old hearse

Well I know you're ashamed for what you done
The only choice you thought you had was just to run
Pride always gets the best of everyone
True forgiveness lies with the Father and the Son

What made you go crazy, Billy Paul?
Did you think you couldn't face those prison walls?
Why'd you have to go and end it all?
What made you go crazy, Billy Paul?


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CD 1
  • 1 Guitar Slinger
  • 2 Tell Me Fool
  • 3 Threaten Me With Heaven
  • 4 When the Lady Sings the Blues
  • 5 Who Woulden't Fall in Love With You
  • 6 When Lonely Comes Around
  • 7 True Love
  • 8 Bread and Water
  • 9 Billy Paul
  • 10 The Old Lucky Diamond Motel
  • 11 If I Die
  • 12 Buttermilk John (feat. The Time Jumpers)