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Mose Rankin

This song is by Ed Bruce and appears on the album Ed Bruce (1976).

He was born and raised on the rough side of town
People said he never struggled with
He had sawdust & grease in his beard
And his shack was filled up with driftwood & sticks
He said I find these things along the river
And I use them to mount my little birds
And he gave me a drink of his moonshine
And I think that I was spellbound by his words

Ain't it funny where a man can find beauty

He said thanks for the ride
And I'm glad you came in
I never dreamed you'd be sitting there
I heard a lot about you from the men that worked for you
And they tell me your fair & square
He gave me a pickle that he canned himself
And some cornbread he baked in shucks
As he smiled I could tell that he wouldn't trade places
With me for ten thousand bucks

Ain't it funny where a man can find wisdom

He picked up a banjo and played me a tune
About a man that he thought his friend
He said I believe that Jesus was born
And he really died for my sins
Folks think I'm crazy for peddling shine
And I'm on the low side of life
But I seen my friend in that old piece of wood
And I'm gonna cut him out with my knife

Ain't it funny where a man can find Jesus

Old Mose Rankin was dead in two weeks
Before I even knew that he died
Well we'd come to be friends
I was sore for two years
And deep down inside me I cried
I'd like to thank him for all that he taught me
But I wouldn't know where to begin
I'd like to thank him for leaving to me
That carving of Jesus his friend

Ain't it funny where a man can find friends
Ain't it funny where a man can find beauty
Ain't it funny where a man can find wisdom
Ain't it funny where a man can find Jesus

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