These Old Bones

Album: Halos & Horns (2002)
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  • (Chorus)
    These old bones will tell your story
    These old bones will never lie
    These old bones will tell you surely
    What you can't see with your eye
    These old bones I shake and rattle
    These old bones I toss and roll
    And it's all in where they scatter
    Tells you what the future holds
    (End chorus)

    Oh, she lived upon the mountain
    'Leven miles or so from town
    With a one-eyed cat named Wink
    A billy goat and a blue-tick hound
    Her greying hair was braided
    And wrapped around her head
    And her dress was long and faded
    And her home a rusty shed
    In a little patch of burlap
    Tied with a piece of twine
    There were bones all shapes and sizes
    Gathered through the course of time
    She'd throw them out before you
    She swore that she could see
    The present, past, and future
    She could read your destiny
    Everybody knew about her
    Came to get their fortune read
    Concerning health and wealth and power
    Who to love and when to wed
    "Well, I just like helpin' people
    I's just glad that I could help
    Why, I know ev'rybody's secrets
    But I keep it to m'self."

    (Repeat Chorus)

    Some called her "Witchy Woman"
    Some said she was insane
    Some said she was a prophet
    Still everybody came
    "Just because a body's dif'ernt
    Well, that don't make 'em mad
    They've crucified a-many
    For the special gifts they've had."
    I had often heard about her
    Dreamed about her now and then
    For I too was clairvoyant
    Came about when I was ten
    I was fascinated with her
    And the things I'd heard about
    And I knew someday I'd meet her
    And one day, it came about
    "Well, I knowed that you's a-comin'
    I could feel it in my bones
    These old bones have also told me
    That I won't be here for long.
    Did you know that you's adopted?
    Did you know you oncet was mine?
    But the county took you from me
    Said I wadn't right in mind
    But I just knowed I had to see ye
    'Fore these bones was laid to rest
    So I conjured up a message
    It musta worked, I guess
    This gift runs in the fam'ly
    I know you also know
    And I passed this gift on to you
    These old bones, they're just for show."

    (Repeat Chorus)

    I held her hand while she was dying
    And with the funeral through
    I headed on back up the mountain
    For Billy, Wink, and Blue
    And that little pouch of burlap
    With those bones so worn and old
    She gave me something special
    Now every time I throw

    (Repeat Chorus)

    Now, I can't tell you what you want to hear
    I just tell you what I see
    It's these old bones a-talkin'
    Blame it on them, don't pack it on me
    It's just like that time that there boy died up at the sawmill
    Well, I knowed who done it, but I never said
    I knowed when somebody's a-cheatin'
    Or when somebody's baby's gon' be born dead
    'Less somebody just plain out ast me
    Well, I just figger there ain't no point in
    Goin' 'round actin' like you know ever'thing
    Just 'cause you might
    why'know girl, you I want you to take these bones
    'Cause I don't want no young'un o'mine goin' 'round unprepared
    You just remember that the magic is inside you
    There ain't no crystal ball Writer/s: DOLLY PARTON
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind


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