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July 7, 1999

by David Jackson
 

FOR BILL MONROE


                    He's just a picture on the wall 
                     of the Bluebird cafe 
                     and he's huggin that fiddle 
                     he's  showin' the way 
                     He's got an old cowboy hat 
                     that's been with him for awhile 
                     He's a fiddler man that 
                     can make that fiddle smile 

                     can make that fiddle cry 
                     make that fiddle sing 
                     make that fiddle bring 
                     a memory of my granddad 
                     and my grandma's  lemonade 
                     and hard work and sunshine 
                     and sleeping in the shade 

                     He's just an old picture on the wall 
                     of the Bluebird cafe 
                     and he's showin' 
                     he's showin' the way 

                     Now I love that old fiddler man 
                     so stomp the floor with me 
                     and he'll take you back to a time 
                     when bluegrass was king 
                     and hardtimes and hard livin' 
                     meant character 
                     and he shared with her and he
                     shared with us 
                     and he huggin' that fiddle 
                     he's showin, he's showin the way 

                     now make that fiddle cry 
                     make that fiddle sing 
                     make that fiddle bring 
                     a memory of my granddad 
                     and my grandma's  lemonade 
                     and hard work and sunshine 
                     and sleeping in the shade 

                     He's just an old picture on the wall
                     of the Bluebird cafe 
                     and he's showin' the way 
                     he's showin' the way 

                         Copyright David Jackson 1997
 

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