Moving Oleta

Album: Room to Breathe (2003)
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  • Moving Oleta was the hardest thing he'd done
    The nurses saw an old woman cryin'
    But he saw the love of his life
    She don't know where she is
    But she knows this isn't home
    Love is a hard, hard road

    He met her in the summer of '37
    in a brush arbor down on the Rush Creek shore
    He loved her black hair and the mischief in her smile
    But she won him with her eyes

    All the years and children gone,
    he still sees her the same
    Love is a hard, hard road

    He woke up each morning and drove into town
    He stayed all day till her dinner came
    Then he took her to a room, leaned on her wheelchair like a walker
    Covered her with a quilt she'd made
    Only God and a couple of nurses helped the old man shoulder the load
    Love is a hard, hard road

    He said "They tell me this is all that's left,
    Say this hell on Earth is best,
    I lost all those reasons and I still don't understand"
    He cursed his body old and weak
    Tears of failure burned his cheeks
    He said "Oh, don't you know I prayed to die before this day"
    Love is a hard, hard road

    There's a shadow much darker than the valley of death
    When you fear the reaper night not come today
    The line 'em up in Laz-E-Boys out in the sunroom
    The TV keeps the quiet away
    She can't recall his name and she's the only love he's known
    Love is a hard, hard road
    Love is a hard, hard road
    Moving Oleta was the hardest thing he'd done. Writer/s: BARRY GEORGE DEAN
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
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