Don Williams - Lord Have Mercy On A Country Boy Lyrics




Well, I grew up wild and free
Walkin' these fields in my bare feet
There wasn't no place I couldn't go
With a twenty-two rifle and a fishing pole.

[Chorus:]
Well, I live in the city but don't fit in
You know its a pity the shape I'm in
Well, I got no home and I got no choice
Oh Lord, have mercy on a country boy.

[Instrumental]

When I was young I remember well
I'd hunt the wild turkey and the bob-white quail
The river was clear and deep back then
And fishin' lines tied to the willow limb.

[Chorus:]
Well, I live in the city but don't fit in
You know its a pity the shape I'm in
Well, I got no home and I got no choice
Oh Lord, have mercy on a country boy.

[Instrumental]

Well, they dammed the river, they dammed the stream
They cut down the cypress and the sweet gum trees
There's a laundra' mat and a barber shop
And now the whole meadow is a parkin' lot.

[Chorus:]
Well, I live in the city but don't fit in
You know its a pity the shape I'm in
Well, I got no home and I got no choice
Oh Lord, have mercy on a country boy...





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  1. Danny C. Jewell

    Have mercy on the Bobwhite that has no home ,karma is a whole thing.

  2. Ryan Kl

    Jeez after hearing this song I'm so glad I'm a country boy

  3. Kpivitoawomi kpivitoawomi

    I love yours voice

  4. Juan Eduardo Espina

    se me fué un ídolo...no solo me gustaban sus canciones sino que aprendí hablar country con él....

  5. Blake Nix

    So glad we had this guy. He’s a treasure.

  6. Dave Arcudi

    Yeah. I'm a city boy. Buy I've been singing along 3 decades

  7. Fernando Ares

    Que maravilla de cancion

  8. sandesh ratnayake

    i kept replaying this song from mr Don like 6 8 times since i heard it in the apst hour today.... just cant hlep but pless that replay button
    thankyou for sharing such relatable country music, Love from Srilanka.


    you will be missed i found out that Mr. Don passed in 2017, i wish i found out about you sooner

  9. Teresa Soberri

    awesome voice could never stop listening to him

  10. screaming chivo

    Josh Turner did a better job

  11. Damion Davis

    I here you

  12. naomi mathenge

    this song reminds me of so many things that has happened in my life in a way
    rest easy Don

  13. Paul Del Monte

    Lord please have mercy on this country boy....I'm surrounded by Yankees

  14. AtlasMan

    * Lycris

    Well I grew up wild and free walking these fields in my bare feet
    There wasn't no place I couldn't go with a twenty-two rifle and a fishing pole

    Well I live in the city but don't fit in you know it's a pity the shape I'm in
    But I got no home and I got no choice oh Lord have mercy on a country boy

    When I was young I remember well I'd hunt the wild turkey and the bob-white quail
    The river was clear and deep back then and fishin' lines tied to the willow limb

    Well I live in the city but don't fit in you know it's a pity the shape I'm in
    But I got no home and I got no choice oh Lord have mercy on a country boy

    Well they dammed the river they dammed the stream
    They cut down the cypress and the sweet gum trees
    There's a laundra mat and a barber shop and now the whole meadow is a parking lot

    Well I live in the city but don't fit in you know it's a pity the shape I'm in
    But I got no home and I got no choice oh Lord have mercy on a country boy

    RIP Friend

  15. Rene Dulnuan

    Lord Have Mercy on a country Boy?

  16. Balrog 1999

    I wish I could have seen him play and thanked him for getting me into country. This particular album was what got me hooked when I was like 11. Owe him a lot. Thank you Gentle Giant

  17. Soleny Ariel

    Bom demais

  18. J.P. Morgan

    They just cut down the woods i played in as a child and now it's gonna be a housing division..that's why I'm here, drinking a few beers and being nostalgic.

  19. James Mueller

    I fill this way

  20. Packson Banda

    OH LORD HAVE MERCY ON A COUNTRY BOY

  21. adebowale taiwo

    He was the best,doubt if anyone can be so blessed with such an inspiring voice. Great Man He was.Rest on Don

    Gloria Mitchell

    Yes he most certainly was one of a kind.
    Will be sadly missed. 😞😞😞

  22. Jacqueline Ganem

    Lindíssima sensualíssima fabulosa show de bola espetacular 👍♥️🌷💋

  23. James Mueller

    This would be a better world we all were like this song

  24. Jacqueline Ganem

    Espetacular adoroooooooo estiloso único arrasou ❤️🌷🍹um brindaco em grande estilo 👍

  25. James Mueller

    This me

  26. MaenoCampos

    ¡hermosa canción!

  27. Mhleguse Kambona

    We will remember you Giant Of The Country. Rest in peace babu

  28. José Luis De Oliveira

    Dom wyllan

  29. James Mueller

    When I grew up the world was like that before everybody lost their minds and was afraid of everything

  30. James Mueller

    It's sad most kids with computers video games will never know about the country Wilderness survival church-going love that I dld growing up and still stand by today

  31. James Mueller

    I love this man song and for all you folks who are old enough to remember that's how it used to be before these idiots started doing their stupid s***you could walk down the street with a fishing pole and it's 22 rifle

  32. Paul Kelly

    RIP Don Williams God rest you sir

  33. Tiffnay Paula Wolfie Shawna

    When i became homeless for the 2nd time i walked out of a big city walk an walk to a little city. i see me in this, i an going to subscribe to you.

  34. Pondy Hsu

    Well, I grew up wild and free
    Walking these fields in my bare feet
    There wasn't no place I couldn't go
    With a twenty-two rifle and a fishing pole.

    Well, I live in the city but don't fit in
    You know it's a pity the shape I'm in
    But I got no home and I got no choice
    Oh Lord, have mercy on a country boy.
    ********************
    When I was young I remember well
    I'd hunt the wild turkey and the bob-white quail
    The river was clear and deep back then
    And fishing lines tied to the willow limb.

    But I live in the city but don't fit in
    You know it's a pity the shape I'm in
    But I got no home and I got no choice
    Oh Lord, have mercy on a country boy.
    ********************
    Well, they dammed the river, they dammed the stream
    They cut down the cypress and the sweet gum trees
    There's a laundromat and a barber shop
    And now the whole meadow is a parking lot.

    Well, I live in the city but don't fit in
    You know it's a pity the shape I'm in
    But I got no home and I got no choice
    Oh Lord, have mercy on a country boy.....

  35. volfan John

    Lord have mercy on 11 people that disliked this song.

    Sweet Williams

    How could any one dislike this song

    David Lalrinmawia

    57 people.. lord have mercy..

  36. Erik Erickson

    This song gets better everytime I listen to it

  37. Dale Jr

    What a beautiful song.R.I.P we all will miss you

  38. emmanuel ukaegbu

    sweet listening to this man, never a dull moment with Don. Love you brother

  39. 村上公康

    Thanks your pure song.I got true love in your mind.

  40. RedfishCarolina

    We miss you Don

  41. hannah hardy

    Rest in Peace, Don Williams. So sad to hear of his passing. He was a great singer.

  42. nemesisgenius

    R.I.P Don Williams. Thank you for sharing your beautiful music and magnificent voice and helping millions get through the day with masterful songs, like this classic.

  43. brian gillman

    September 8th 2017 is the day Don Williams died such a tragedy!!! Great man...great music...I will never forget you rest in peace

  44. Brandon Jones

    This was the first song I heard from Don because I heard Josh Turner's cover and it led me to the original. It's a sad time now as news of his death has been released. Rest easy, Gentle Giant.

  45. Brent Woods

    love this song

  46. Duncan Mein

    Really can't do better than Don Williams.

  47. Brent Woods

    second favorite song by Don Williams

    ed koski

    We should be together..

  48. TheFinemocha

    Grew up in Nigeria listening to this guy. I thought all americans sounded like Don williams lol.

    TheFinemocha

    rat bastard I'm pretty sure you had to Google Nigeria to know what continent it's located in but nah I'll just stay here and keep enjoying this beautiful music.

    rat bastard

    sorry shitbird i work in the oilfield so fuck off!

    TheFinemocha

    Lol, no you don't and you are still very irrelevant.

    MrEpeeFencer

    What hell are you guys arguing about?

    rat bastard

    its not your music you anti-white POS!

  49. Aaron Ladner

    God Bless Don Williams!

  50. Kevin Maynard

    ant nothing better then listing to uncle Don williams. godbless that man

  51. JimmyRickards

    True Story

  52. jerry hutchinson

    love the groove the drummer putting down.

  53. K Dw

    Nothing like the GG!

  54. Lead and Broadheads

    Found out today I lost the land that I've hunted on my whole life. For 30 years I shared great memories with my father and family and in one day its all gone. The owner gave the land to her daughter and she told me that i'm not welcome there. I only wish I would have had a place to take my son to enjoy the same memories.

    ThomasJefferson PimpinGame

    Lead and Broadheads I am so sorry :(

    My father grew up here where I am and his grew in Oklahoma

    So my grandpa raised my dad the way he was raised in Oklahoma

    They ran hounds here in the California foothills and mountains

    On ranches. Best and lion. Looked down on or not it is what it is

    My father stopped running hounds but never stopped hunting and raised me hunting on public land. When I was about 13 he got a gf whose daddy had a ranch. Long story short they aren't together anymore but we still get to go on that ranch. It's not like when my dad and gpa had all these ranches around cuz the ranchers liked dog runners, but it's still a lot of land to ourselves. I truly feel where you are coming from and I often wonder if I'll be able to make ranches a thing for my sons when I have them some day. I am 23 now and will never forget what my father has taught me. Some one will surly understand and give you permission on their land i can't imagine any one who understands hunting that would say no. Again I'm sorry that you lost that land

    rat bastard

    One day soon...they're gonna tell you the same for the whole fucking country...white boy!

    the Dig DOWn

    It's happened to me. The most of the land I grew up on has been turned into subdivisions, what I have left is at the mercy of real estate investors.
    Had a beautiful place where something similar happened to me, parents died, kids clear cut it and subdivided.
    It's more than a shame it's the biggest injustice in history. Private property has only been around since the 18th century, before that, what was yours was the land you lived on. Private property is unjustified authority, a legal fiction and an excuse to plunder and muder as much as the owner wants, the loss of non human life is what hurts me the most. The world is turning into a very lonely place for us humans, and nothing will be able to right the wrongs we are doing.

    the Dig DOWn

    @rat bastard what are you trying to imply with this post? Why are you bringing race into this?

    Justin sandy

    Same thing happened to me two years ago can't stand people like that

  55. Erik Erickson

    Five people are deaf.

  56. JimmyRickards

    Three people need their ass whipped

    Aaron Wag

    JimmyRickards now 6

    Hudson Suthakar

    19 now...

  57. Pete Marshall

    very good song

  58. RorysStrat

    God Bless Don Williams and I am so pleased to know that Burt Reynolds loves Don too!  God Bless those two great influences and heroes from my childhood!  I want to turn back the clock!  Not for me so much as these two great people!

  59. Scott89878

    I haven't heard this song since it was current back in 1990. Right around the time when Friends in Low Places was out. But the chorus survived in my head all this time. I only stumbled here on accident by inquiring who Don Williams is and he makes good songs!

  60. Dave Wollenberg

    ACC's #58 song of the '91 survey year. Don hit #7 in Billboard, 8-10-91. God bless you, friend, for postin' it. Thanx! Have a blessed New Year!

  61. Hot Rod Kirk

    one mans music that never gets old 

  62. Eric Kabayabaya

    I 'm flying to Nashville Tennessee in two days to ask Dolly Parton where Don William lives!

  63. rackem100

    I want to know who thumb down this song. They don't know good country. Come on its the Gentle Giant! Guess they never hunted wild Turkey and Bob Whites. Or grew up in the country to even understand the meanin a this song. Hell when I was 10 it wasn't nothing for my Dad and Uncle to give me a 410 pump and turn me loose on 300 wooded acres! They never let me take the .44 Anaconda out though HAHA!

    Billy Rife

    well said . when this came out in 1991 I know this would be a hit. I have his 2 disc collection called don Williams gold formally sold as anthology but the song true love is on it but not this song. and iTunes don't have this song considering iTunes has don Williams music but not this one. I played my guitar and sang this on my YouTube channel.

    Lane Taylor

    Probably Luke Brian fans.

  64. Dave Wollenberg

    Don's last top 40 hit.

  65. ChibiProwl

    YES!!!!! YES!!!! YES!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!

  66. iDUNRUNNOFT

    If you live in NE Kansas, you can hear Don's voice on 106.9 all the time.

  67. Matt

    I miss hearing Don's songs on the radio. Such honest and humble music.

  68. Dave Wollenberg

    Don's last top 10 hit.