Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine

I like all kinds of music. If you look at my cd collection you'll find blues, jazz, old rock, new rock, country and southern rock. Like most people I have my favorite songs.

Tom T. Hall is an American country balladeer. Several of his songs are on my favorites list to include I Care, A Week in the County Jail, I like Beer, Ballad of Forty Dollars, Faster Horses and Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine. He was voted into the Country Music Hall of fame this past February.

When I was younger I drove an 18 wheeler based out of Florida. From Tom T's song "Faster Horses", I had painted on the side of the truck "Faster Horses, Younger Woman and more Money". That was thirty years ago and I've changed a bit since then, but I still like his music.

How old do you think I am he said I said well I didn't know
He said I turned sixty five about eleven months ago
I was sittin' in Miami pourin' blended whiskey down
When this old grey black gentleman was cleanin' up the lounge
There wasn't anyone around 'cept this old man and me
The guy who ran the bar was watching Ironsides on TV
Uninvited he sat down and opened up his mind
On old dogs and children and watermelon wine
Ever had a drink of watermelon wine he asked
He told me all about it though I didn't answer back
Ain't but three things in this world that's worth a solitary dime
But old dogs and children and watermelon wine
He said women think about theyselves when menfolk ain't around
And friends are hard to find when they discover that you're down
He said I tried it all when I was young and in my natural prime
Now it's old dogs and children and watermelon wine
Old dogs care about you even when you make mistakes
God bless little children while they're still too young to hate
When he moved away I found my pen and copied down that line
'Bout old dogs and children and watermelon wine

I had to catch a plane up to Atlanta that next day
As I left for my room I saw him pickin' up my change
That night I dreamed in peaceful sleep of shady summertime
Of old dogs and children and watermelon wine

That's Aggie, our old dog and of course Tripp.

Tom T Hall - Old Dogs, Children, Watermellon Wine


Meggie said…
Great song, Dave! Never heard it before even though I'm a fan of country music. I just may have to get me some watermelon wine, since I already live with an old dog. Little children....I'll be content with photos of little Tripp....such a cutie!!
robin andrea said…
We still have a vinyl album collection that Roger has hauled around for years. We add that to our meager cd collection and an iPod filled with over a thousand songs. Blues, jazz, old rock and folk. Good stuff, but we mostly listen to the oldies these days.

Never heard Tom T. Hall before. Nice song.
Dave said…
Meggie - I'm a fan of good music, no matter what label it's really under. I never tried watermellon wine, but it does sound interesting.

Robin - I listen to oldies a lot also, but stray from time to time. Check out more of his music when you get a chance.