Dolly Parton - In The Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad) Lyrics




We'd get up before sun-up to get the work done up
We'd work in the fields till the sun had gone down
We've stood and we've cried as we have bristly watched
A hailstorm a' beatin' our crops to the ground
We've gone to bed hungry many nights in the past
In the good old days when times were bad

No amount of money could buy from me
The memories that I have of then
No amount of money could pay me
To go back and live through it again

I've seen daddy's hands break open and bleed
And I've seen him work till he's stiff as a board
An' I've seen momma layin' in suffer and sickness
In need of a doctor we couldn't afford
Anything at all was more than we had
In the good old days when times were bad

We've got up before and found ice on the floor
Where the wind would blow snow through the cracks in the wall
And I couldn't enjoy then, havin' a boyfriend
I had nothing decent to wear at all
So I long for a love that I never had
In the good old days when times were bad

No amount of money could buy from me
The memories that I have of then
No amount of money could pay me
To go back and live through it again

In the good old days when times were bad
In the good old days when times were bad





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  1. kris max

    I LOVE Dolly. But I’d never heard this song. This perfectly describes my family life in Ringgold, GA. Even though I’m a millennial I was raised by grandparents that weathered the Great Depression. So things were a bit different for me than my friends lol

  2. Recan

    I think I'm a year older than Dolly. I don't remember snow blowing through the cracks in the wall but I remember looking through the cracks in the floor and seeing the chickens walking around. Ahh the memories.

  3. Rebecca' Dale

    I wondered if Mike pender serchers heard of this track before it sounds like country and western music just like he likes

  4. William B

    yeah Dolly might have wrote the song , but Merle Haggard made it great by singing it

    meboneme1

    WHERE did you get that from?! ARE YOU CRAZY? DOLLY makes her own songs GREAT!

    jonathan shepherd

    William B lol. Dolly is the greatest

  5. Kobra Immy Akiiki

    This song is older than I but I looove it it's so sweet 💁

  6. Merigold Smith

    memories make such a big chunk of our lives. these songs have helped me re-live my past and the longing gets more desperate. miss you Mai naBaba!

  7. J Thompson

    My Dad worked in the Harlan County Kentucky coalmines, for 30 + years. He worked until he was literally stiff. He couldn't even sit down in a chair when he came home. Many of Dolly's songs remind me of my family. Thank you for posting this song. Songs like this take me back..to the good old days, when times were bad.

    Bongumenzi Thabani

    I'm just a young fella but my daddy used to play Dolly a lot back in the days, he still does..I'm just reminded of my childhood memories