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Charlie James

This song is by Mance Lipscomb and appears on the album You Got to Reap What You Sow (1964).

If you see Charlie James comin' down the road
Say you, please don't tell him which a-way you see me go

In the mornin' soon, in the mornin' soon
Yes, I'm goin' back to Houston in the mornin' soon

Had a whole lotta money one day, one day
Next day I didn't have a dime

Look down the road just as far as I could see
And I thought I spied my old-time used-to-be

In a whole lot of trouble one day, one day
Next day I didn't know what to do

Look down the road just as far as I could see
And I thought I spied my old-time used-to-be

When a man gets in trouble, everybody throws him down
A killing for his friends and they won't come around

Nobody ever knows you when you're down and out
Ask 'em for a favor, they don't know what's all about

Well, you may go, you may try to stay
But you'll be back some old rainy day

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