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I remember the year that Clayton Delaney died,
They said for the last two weeks that he suffered and cried.
He'd made a big impression on me, although I was a barefoot kid,
They said he got religion at the end, and I'm glad that he did.

Clayton was the best guitar picker in our town,
I thought he was a hero and I used to follow Clayton around.
I often wondered why Clayton, who seemed so good to me,
Never took his guitar and made it down in Tennessee.

Well, Daddy said he drank a lot, but I could never understand,
I knew he used to pick up in Ohio with a five-piece band.
Clayton used to tell me, "Son, you’d better put that ol’ guitar away."
"Ain’t no money in it, it’ll lead you to an early grave."

I guess if I’d admit it, Clayton taught me how to drink booze,
I can see him half-stoned, a-pickin’ out the Lovesick Blues.
When Clayton died, I made him a promise I was gonna carry on somehow,
I’d give a hundred dollars if he could only see me now.

I remember the year that Clayton Delaney died,
Nobody ever knew it, but I went out in the woods and I cried.
Well, I know there’s a lot of big preachers that know a lot more than I do,
But it could be that the Good Lord likes a little pickin’ too.

Yeah, I remember the year that Clayton Delaney died.

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