Tom Staley

Music and Lyrics by Allen Hood

Play in C (Capo 2) = D
Chorus
(C ) Down south in the land of the Longleaf Pine
Where the (F) Wiregrass blows so wa (C) vy,
I learned an old time fiddle tune
It’s (G) called ‘Sail Away Ladies’.

It (C) comes from Kentucky fiddler
(F) Known as J. P. Fra (C) ley,
But I learned it from a dear old friend,
I (G) learned it from Tom Sta (C) ley.
1
(C) We played ‘Duck River’ along the river of steel,
Called (F) highway seventy (C) five.
Fiddlin’ at the Traveler’s Campground,
With the (G) big rigs driving by.
2
(C) Grinding gears all night long
To the (F) honking of the Peacocks (C) cry
Tom Staley playing ‘Shuffle About’
As the (G) Peacocks waddle (C) by.

Chorus
3
(C) Tom had a rhythm to his playing
Like (F) no one else I (C) know
Ba…da-Lip, Bada Lip-a-lada-Lo
Went the (G) gallop of his bow.
4
With (C) an artist’s touch on the accents
Tom (F) played with the rhythm and (C) time,
With a bit of a bounce right where it counts,
(G) Beneath the Longleaf (C) Pine.

Chorus
5
(C) I remember that time on Otter Springs
Back in (F) two thousand and (C) eleven,
Tom and Fay playing ‘John Sharp’s Tune’,
Was a (G) little piece of heaven.
6
I (C) didn’t get to say goodbye
But (F) one thing I know is (C) true
With every tune we played, Tom
I’ll (G) always think of (C) you.

Chorus
(F)… With (C) every tune we played, Tom, I (G) still think of (C) you.

Advertisements

Florida State Fiddlers Association – promoting old-time fiddle music in Florida and beyond.

%d bloggers like this: