Chapter Eighty-Five

WILLIE'S SONG
[ a song, country ]


        You may park in a mansion grand; a castle built on sand
        Have more than enough while your poor neighbors lack
        Check out in a silk-lined box 'neath a hand-carved granite rock
        But you can't keep the shirt thatís on your back

              No you canít, no you canít
              No you canít take it with you when you go
              No matter how hard you work, no matter how hard you play
              All you get to keep is what you gave away

        You may shack with a drop-dead fox in a borrowed krib that rocks
        Run it up on plastic and never intend to pay
        Drive a great big fancy car, party hard on caviar
        But the grim reaper will come collect some day

              No you canít, no you canít
              No you canít take it with you when you go
              No matter how you complain and no matter how much you pray
              All you get to keep is what you gave away

              Oh, When itís time (when itís time), when itís time (when itís time)
              When itís time to leave this world someday
              No matter what we do, believe or think or say
              All we get to keep is what we gave away

              Yeah, you may bitch and moan, ask for an extended loan
              But all we get to keep is what we gave away *


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DEDICATED TO:  Songwriter, singer, actress, entrepreneur and all around fine and decent human being Dolly Parton; America will always love you.  Also dedicated to Garth Brooks and Rickey Skaggs, two good examples of American musicians of conscience who use their fame and fortune wisely to help others.


*FootNote:  Inspired by record executive Fred Fosterís tribute to Willie Nelson in the video documentary My Life, quoting an apparently anonymous somewhat famous quotation:  ďWhen comes the time to leave this world someday, what you get to keep is what you gave away.Ē


           


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