Gene Watson - Old Porch Swing Lyrics




It's hung there on the front porch
Since this old house was built
It's where the old men whittle
And the women fleece their quilts
It's held four generations
Through whatever life could bring
That ol' swing
That ol' porch swing

It held a grieving widow
When my daddy's daddy died
And now it rocks my children
When they close their sleepy eyes
It's where I popped the question
With a quarter karat ring
That ol' swing
That ol' porch swing

It's been there through the sunshine
It's had it's share of rain
Been a witness to some good times
And a like amount of pain
If it could tell it's story
What a Violin could sing
That ol' swing
That ol' porch swing

It's where brother read the letter
That sent him off to war
We knew he had to go and fight
But we didn't know what for
When he came home he just sat there
And never said a thing
In that swing
That ol' porch swing

It's been there through the sunshine
It's had it's share of rain
Been a witness to some good times
And a like amount of pain
If it could tell it's story
What a Violin could sing
That ol' swing
That ol' porch swing

That ol' swing
That ol' porch swing...





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  1. Miss Kitty 1944

    Thanks great song love Gene great singer 2019 May. Love all your music best of best thanks god bless

  2. B E Kelly

    so agreed. Just good music.

  3. Barbara Manning

    love in The Hot Afternoon Was The first Album I bought of his and he has been my favorite since

  4. Miss Kitty 1944

    Love Gene Watson such a singer great with any song so sweet a spong good song God bless you Gene wonderful

  5. Pondy Hsu

    It's hung there on the front porch
    Since this old house was built
    It's where the old men whittle
    And the women fleece their quilts

    It's held four generations
    Through whatever life could bring
    That ol' swing, that ol' porch swing

    It held a grieving widow
    When my daddy's daddy died
    And now it rocks my children
    When they close their sleepy eyes
    --------------------------
    It's where I popped the question
    With a quarter karat ring
    That old swing, that old porch swing

    It's been there through the sunshine
    It's had its share of rain
    Been a witness to some good times
    And a like amount of pain

    If it could tell its story
    What a Violin could sing
    That old swing, that old porch swing
    --------------------------
    It's where brother read the letter
    That sent him off to war
    We knew he had to go and fight
    But we didn't know what for

    When he came home he just sat there
    And never said a thing
    In that swing, that old porch swing

    It's been there through the sunshine
    It's had its share of rain
    Been a witness to some good times
    And a like amount of pain

    If it could tell its story
    What a Violin could sing
    That old swing, that old porch swing
    That old swing, that old porch swing.....

  6. Judy Brown

    Way over due for the Country Hall of Fame nomination!

    Barbara Manning

    how can we help him get it before God calls him home?

  7. Bill Brown

    The porch swing was great in the evening to rest and talk

  8. dstraightone

    What a great singer

    wesley rayborn

    dstraightone do it MR.GENE WATSON.....THERE WILL NEVER BE MUSIC LIKE THIS AGAIN...

  9. Sean Stroud

    Kenny Rogers sux.

  10. Dia Tra

    Gene Watson is my all time favorite!!!🌟🌟🌟

    Barbara Manning

    me too ,for 44 yrs. God willing will be meeting him in April. I am 77 and meeting him is on my bucket list

  11. Frances Flack

    Thank you for a lovely selection by my favourite artist. Get many hours of pleasure listening to some songs I had not heard. Well done x

    Dolores Vella

    So wish I can see Gene at a concert of his, unfortunately I live too far away

  12. Ruth Boykin

    Gene is an awesome singer and entertainer, Love everything he does! Such a great voice!

  13. lora Schultz

    Still love that old porch swing, so many memories had just swinging

  14. OdinX316

    How can Country Music not put the man who sang "Paper Rosie" in the country music hall of fame???   That is essentially the sweetest dearest country song of all time!  He has sang so many other great country songs it is appearing to me at least that something is surely rotten in Nashville????

    James Brown

    And "When she touches me" such a Beautiful song!!!

  15. Ramsay Mery

    A very unique stile of singing with a God given voice.

  16. lavonne murdock

    I JUST LOVE MY SINGER GENE

  17. Thomas Tommy

    One of my heroes for sure.

  18. Ashley Bell

    My hero.Thanks Gene.

  19. Lois Edwards

    love this song wish I could see him again in person

  20. Karen Lindsay

    Lovely song🎤

  21. marion thurman

    Beautiful song !

  22. James Carr

    a great voice& ballad story--thanks--a new tune for me!

  23. Laura Cobb

    I just don't get it..why Gene is not in the Hall of Fame or even a member of the Opry.The so called "officials" are out of their mind.

    Wileen Byroads

    I AGREE!

    Rex TexasAggie

    It's by invitation, yet you had to perform in other areas..ticket sales, fan base, dedication to the music industry, tenure, and most important ..do you have classic country recognition that will carry on the reputation of the Opry. He also had to seek out the Opry and he may not have..But, he has some of the old best country songs recorded...I agree with you...he should be there.

    Barbara Manning

    they have no taste

  24. Jared Temple

    one of the best ever thanks ole pal. jimbo

  25. GeneWatsonVideos

    Please note Gene Watson has had 6 # 1 Songs on various national music charts.

  26. Blanche Walsh

    Just love this man and his music.......Such emotion right from his heart & soul...........Can't understand WHY he is still not in the Country Hall of Music.........SHAME!  SUCH A SHAME!

  27. Norma Thomas

    Can't be beat

  28. Carol Robinson

    love his songs

  29. cariboubill1

    Nobody puts more emotion into their songs.  Great voice!

  30. PabluchoViision

    What a voice, what feeling, Gene Watson hits it out of the park and right into our hearts. I remember the first time I heard 'Farewell Party' as a teenager, just stopped what I was doing, couldn't believe my ears. No doubt, one of the greatest voices - more than that, greatest singers - since this soulful music we call 'country' first came along.

    Edith Langston

    PabluchoViision I am going to see him in concert the October twenty at river wind in Norman okla he is the best ,, I listen to his music everyday and I never get tired of them..."Edith Langston thanks gene''

  31. David Byrd

    True country, by a true man, great story teller and wonderful voice. The man gets better everytime I hear him.

  32. Lu Lewis

    the more I hear, the more I want to hear. Love you Gene

  33. CountryStranger

    Thanks so much for sharing this great song. I plan on doing a cover of it very soon.
    Gene Watson is one of the best. Too bad we don't hear country songs like this any more...it's a crying shame. Thanks again.
    Ray

  34. John Isaac

    I totally agree with you Norman...

  35. Dolly Kester

    We need to keep trying. It is a new year and a new try!!

  36. Dolly Kester

    One of my VERY FAVORITE Gene Watson songs. If I didn't have an old porch swing. It would make me want one.So many memories.

  37. Rose Clark

    I HAVE CALLED, BUT IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW MANY FANS CALL. HALL OF FAME IS GOING TO PICK WHOEVER THEY WANT. GARTH BROOKS AND CONNIE SMITH WAS JUST INDUCTED, BROOKS WAS NOT EVEN BORN WHEN GENE STARTED SINGING. NOT FAIR, LIFE ISN'T FAIR.

    Wayne Skinner

    The hall of fame has become the hall of shame, most of it has nothing to do with country music anymore. i don't even waste my time anymore.

  38. 388moonlight

    One thing about Gene Watson fans......................We are true to our dear friend. He's the best and I don't care about the hall of fame any more.This was my last year to ever watch. They have inducted some not so good singers to pass over Gene so they can keep it. I consider the source ( a bunch of sad bias indivduals that are tone deaf.)

  39. Norman Dickson

    So many of today's singers are all sounding the same. It is nice to hear the clear mellow tones with the emotion that is true country. Gene came to Jonesboro, AR and it was great to hear him in person.

  40. Norman Dickson

    This is so true

  41. Oscar B

    love this song.

  42. John Isaac

    I can't hear it enough!!!

  43. buddyzroadie

    Love it! Thank you so much for taking the time to post it

  44. ib422000

    A REAL singer.

  45. flatroofer

    Enjoyed.

  46. Terri Jacobs

    He never got recognized like he should of. His voice is so mellow, clear and he puts all his feelings into it. PURE COUNTRY music...the classics nothing more to say

  47. Jessica and Ricky

    Likewise,thank you so much for this!

  48. JacobsOompa

    GOD BLESS YOU my friend....Thanks so much for sharing this BEAUTIFUL BALLAD with us....absolutely wonderful presentation. I sung this song on SINGSNAP Karaoke.....gives me a chance to share some "feeling" in singing.....Totally in my element...
    Thanks KEN

  49. Sunburst64

    Marty Robbins, Merle Hggard, and Gene Watson. Thats it.

  50. sewingwoman3

    Pure Gene Watson............Great!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. martha triplett

    @bassingal89 ...yeah, I am older now, and wish that I could have these time's back again, time passe's so fast!

  52. Dolly Kester

    makes me want to add a swing to my old porch.....

    Dolly Kester

    Has it REALLY BEEN THAT LONG??? SEVEN YEARS!!

  53. Margaret Brown

    This is such a lovely number. Who would ever thought about writing a song about a swing. Brilliant
    margaret

  54. MyCanadianeh

    that's the respect we have for life scorpious47

  55. mickey hartzog

    this song reminds me of growing up and spending summer nights setting in granny's porch swing i love this song

  56. Margaret Brown

    Brilliant song By this wonderful singer. Thanks margaret

  57. patsym100

    Love the song, love the video, it is good to see the photo's of Gene early in his career
    Thanks for posting,