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Hallie Lonnigan

This song is by Tom Russell and appears on the album Song Of The West - The Cowboy Collection (1997).

My name is Hallie Lonnigan, I married Walter Jones.
"For better or for worse" so said the Reverend Doctor Stone.
But the better times are all used up, and the worse times took control
Then drinkin' took my Walter, may the Lord protect his soul

Alone with two young kids to raise out on the Western Plains.
My children harmonized with wolves, and sang just like the rain.
But haulin' hay and water were the desperate daily facts,
And the years have carved their memories in the muscles of my back.

Hallie Lonnigan will tell these truths to you
Hard times, the only times I ever knew
Hard luck's the only horse I ever drew
Hard work's the only way I made it through

Then I married for convenience sake, a trader from in town.
A blacksmith name of Charlie Hawk, who'd court me on his rounds.
But he'd paw me like a wolverine, and there's cheatin' in his blood.
He fell upon my butcher knife, and crawled off through the mud

Well, no one was the wiser when old Charlie disappeared.
Me and them poor children never shed one single tear.
We can run this place on our own, don't need no drunks or cheats.
And the men they step aside now when I walk down Market street.

Hallie Lonnigan will tell these truths to you
Hard times, the only times I ever knew
Hard luck's the only horse I ever drew
Hard work's the only way I made it through

This land was conquered by brave men, your history books will say.
Proud men upon fast horses drove the Indian away.
My name is Hallie Lonnigan, and I'll have you all to know.
That the secret of your history's in a working woman's soul.

Hallie Lonnigan will tell these truths to you
Hard times, the only times I ever knew
Hard luck's the only horse I ever drew
Hard work's the only way I made it through
Hard work's the only way I made it through