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Artist:Hank Snow
Taken from the album Miscellaneous by Hank Snow
Album:Miscellaneous
Track:Old Doc Brown
 
Date Added:18/10/2007
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Lyrics:(Spoken)
He was just an old country doctor
In a little Kentucky town
Fame and fortune
had passed him by
But we never saw him frown
As day by day in his kindly way
He
served us one and all
Many a patient forgot to pay
Altho' doc's fees were small


But Old Doc Brown didn't seem to mind
He didn't even send out bills
His only ambition was
to find
It seems, sure cures for aches and ills
Why nearly half the folks in my home
town
Yes, I'm one of them too
Were ushered in by Old Doc Brown
When we made our first
debut

Tho' he needed his dimes and there were times
That he'd receive a fee

He'd pass it on to some poor soul
That needed it worse than he
But when the depression hit
our town
And drained each meager purse
The scanty income of Old Doc Brown
Just went
from bad to worse

He had to sell all of his furniture
Why, he couldn't even pay his
office rent
So to a dusty room over a Livery stable
Doc Brown and his practice went

On the hitchin' post at the curb below
To advertise his wares
He nailed a little sign that
read
'Doc Brown has moved upstairs'

There he kept on helpin' folks get well
And
his heart was just pure gold
But anyone with eyes could see
That Doc was gettin' old

And then one day he didn't even answer
When they knocked upon his door
Old Doc Brown was
a-lyin' down
But his soul - was no more

They found him there in an old black
suit
And on his face was a smile of content
But all the money they could find on him

Was a quarter and a copper cent
So they opened up his ledger
And what they saw gave their
hearts a pull
Beside each debtor's name
Old Doc had (*writ) these words, 'Paid in
full'

It looked like the potter's field for Doc
That caused us some alarm
'Til
someone 'membered the family graveyard
Out on the Simmons farm
Old doc had brought six of
their kids
And Simmons was a grateful cuss
He said, Doc's been like one of the family

So, you can let him sleep with us

Old Doc should have had a funeral
Fine enough for
a king
It's a ghastly joke that our town was broke
And no one could give a thing

'Cept Jones, the undertaker
He did mighty well
Donatin' an old iron casket
That he'd
never been able to sell

And the funeral procession, it wasn't much
For grace and
pomp and style
But those wagon loads of mourners
They stretched out for more than a
mile
And we breathed a prayer as we laid him there
To rest beneath the sod
This man
who'd earned the right
To be on speaking terms with God

His grave was covered with
flowers
But not from the floral shops
Just roses and things from folks' garden
And
one or two dandelion pots
For the depression had hit our little town hard
And each man
carried a load
So some just picked the wildflowers
As they passed along the road


We wanted to give him a monument
Kinda figured we owed him one
'Cause he'd made our
town a better place
For all the good he'd done
But monuments cost money
So, we did
the best we could
And on his grave we gently placed
A monument - of wood

We
pulled up that old hitchin' post
Where Doc had nailed his sign
And we painted it white and
to all of us
It certainly did look fine
Now the rains and snow has washed away
Our
white trimmings of paint
And there ain't nothin' left but Doc's own sign
And that is
gettin' faint

Still, when southern breezes and flickering stars
Caress our sleeping
town
And the pale moon shines through Kentucky pines
On the grave of Old Doc Brown

You can still see that old hitchin' post
As if an answer to our prayers
Mutely telling the
whole wide world
Doc Brown has moved up stairs
 
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