Friday, May 20, 2016

in my mind these words remain






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Reuben James
In my song you'll live again
And the phrases that I rhyme
Are just the footsteps out of time
From the time when I knew you, Reuben James




Reuben James
All the folks around Madison County cussed your name
Just a no-account, sharecroppin' colored man
Who would steal anything he can
And everybody laid the blame on Reuben James




Reuben James, you still walk the furrowed fields of my mind


Faded shirt, the weathered brow


The calloused hands upon the plow


I loved you then and I love you now, Reuben James






Flora Grey
The gossip of Madison County died with child
And although your skin was black
You were the one that didn't turn your back
On the hungry white child with no name, Reuben James




Reuben James
With your mind on my soul and a Bible in your right hand
You said "turn the other cheek
There's a better world a-waitin' for the meek"
In my mind these words remain from Reuben James




Reuben James, you still walk the furrowed field of  my mind
The faded shirt, the weathered brow
The calloused hands upon the plow
I loved you then and I love you now, Reuben James




Reuben James
One dark, cloudy day they brought you from the field
Until your lonely pine box came
Just a preacher and me in the rain
Just to sing one last refrain for Reuben James




Reuben James, you still walk the furrowed field of my mind
The faded shirt, the weathered brow
The calloused hands upon the plow
I loved you then and I love you now, Reuben James.




Reuben James, you still walk the furrowed field of my  mind
The faded shirt, the weathered brow
The calloused hands upon the plow
I loved you then and I love you now, Reuben James
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{"Reuben James" - written by Alex Harvey and Barry Etris.  Recorded  by Kenny Rogers & The First Edition, 1969, in Burbank, California.  Album, Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town - Label:  Reprise.  Producers:  Glen D. Hardin, Jimmy Bowen, Mike Post.




Band personnel:  Kenny Rogers - bass guitar, vocals; Mike Settle - rhythm guitar, vocals; Thelma Camacho - background vocals; Mary Arnold - backing vocals; Terry Williams - lead guitar; Mickey Jones - drums.}