Hall, Tom T. - The Harmonica Man Lyrics




An old man stood and stared into the music store window
And he saw a sorta harmonica lyin' there in the sun
He thought of the music the harp could be playing
He closed his old eyes and he started to hum
He hummed an old song bout an unfaithful lover
He hummed the sweet tune about children at play
He hummed the bright song about beer drinking buddies
One about Jesus and uncloudy day
Well he bought the harmonica and he took it on home
With his youth all behind him and livin' alone
He soon learned to play it as pure and as cool as any great master musician could do
He played an old song bout an unfaithful lover
He played the sweet tune about children at play
He played the bright song about beer drinking buddies
And one about Jesus and uncloudy day
Well they found him one morning lying there on the sofa
Ah but they didn't find his harmonica there
They lowered him down and they put the dirt on him ashes to ashes to Jesus a prayer
Well the old man's gone and of course his music went with him
And there's a sadness about him you know it seems strange to say
For all of his music and as much as he loved it nobody else even knew he could play





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  1. Robert Godby

    Another Kentucky boy.

  2. Alan Pat

    Been listening to Tom for over 40 yrs. now. Never get tired of his story's.

    negramDKbent

    Me too ;-)

  3. Pondy Hsu

    An old man stood and
    stared into the music store window
    And he saw a sort of harmonica
    lyin' there in the sun

    He thought of the music
    the harp could be playing
    He closed his old eyes
    and he started to hum
    He hummed an old song
    About an unfaithful lover

    He hummed the sweet tune
    about children at play
    He hummed the bright song
    about beer drinking buddies
    One about Jesus and uncloudy day
    -------------------------
    Well he bought the harmonica
    and he took it on home
    With his youth all behind
    him and livin' alone

    He soon learned to play it as pure and as cool
    as any great master musician could do
    He played an old song
    About an unfaithful lover
    He played the sweet tune
    about children at play

    He played the bright song
    about beer drinking buddies
    And one about Jesus and uncloudy day
    ------------------------
    Well they found him one morning
    lying there on the sofa
    Ah but they didn't find his harmonica there

    They lowered him down
    and they put the dirt on him
    ashes to ashes to Jesus a prayer

    Well the old man's gone and
    of course his music went with him
    And there's a sadness about him
    you know it seems strange to say

    For all of his music and as much as he loved it
    nobody else even knew he could play.....

  4. ozus flyer

    That lovely fade out at the end.

  5. Sticks-of-TNT

    Tom T Hall is so amazing and YouTube is such a gift to lovers of his music.

    Just about when you think you’ve heard all of his songs, you stumble across one like this you didn’t know and darn if it isn’t one of the best songs you’ve ever heard.

    How many more like it are still out there just waiting to be discovered? Thanks T for your wonderful music. The gift that keeps on giving!

    Sticks-of-TNT

  6. snaggletooth 70

    My pops always colled the harmonica a mouth harp..i always chuckeled n smiled .i guess thats wat it was called in his days ..oh dad i mis you ..thanx for turning me on to tom t hall n all the other greats..R.I.P. A.B. FEB 24 .2018......N.F...

  7. mysticmaverick1

    It's hard to get to know people. How many people care to know you?

  8. John Sawers

    This guy brings tears into my heart what a great American singer xxx God bless Tom T hall xx john

  9. James Moser

    One of the best singer song writer's ever in true country music. If we only had this kind of  talent in what is called country music today. How I truly miss real true country stars

  10. philip Kamau

    I have grown up knowing Tom T Hall a bit unavailable in Kenya those years but today it's a lot easier....that was 80s

    Conrad Quilliam

    Hi Philip. I spent time in Kenya and heard Charley Pride on the radio one day which was a real thrill. I don't think country music is big in Kenya. Best wishes from Australia!

  11. Alan Hanbridge

    Nice one from the story teller.

  12. Hijester337 Roblox

    I love Taylor Swift you cannot take anything away from her but my opinion I think and I need to talk about come to u Hall more than the dirty divorce what up sorry Taylor yours truly, Tombo

    James Moser

    What the hell are you talking about ?

    Conrad Quilliam

    @James Moser
    Lol

  13. Samandrosa jones

    Oh yes, another great one from Tom T. Hall. Thanks for posting

    Lewis Beachy

    Samandrosa jones

  14. Maj-Brith H

    Tom T Hall is une of the best storytellers.

  15. NoBs

     Glad I was fumbling around and found this tune. Never heard this one before.  :)

  16. michaelinde1

    My favorite was (Old dogs children and watermelon wine) Alot of truth there.
    Thanks for the memories..

  17. Wm Dan Gilbert

    many of us may be like this old man, after he died they did not find the harmonica, "nobody even knew he could play."

  18. Bob Coltrain Kennedy

    I've always like Tom T Hall. This is good example of his unique, heart felt songwriting and mellow vocal style. I met him once backstage before a show. Back stage was outside the back door of a large tobacco warehouse...lol. He was down to earth and friendly. Thanks for sharing friend. I'm subscribing. ~ BCK

  19. Kaj sundström

    one of the best storyteller

  20. RockyMountainRose

    Another great song by Tom T. Hall. Does anyone know how he is doing today? Thanks

  21. hirdy6

    One of Tom's best, and there been so many. Thanks so much for sharing.

  22. coffeeman1126

    One of the things I love best about Tom T's songs is the wonderful stories, and, just as much, the stories and morals behind those stories. So if there's anyone reading this who ever wanted to do open mics & karaoke, but thought you weren't good enough, maybe this will help you make up your mind to go for it. You just might be a lot better than you think. God bless you, Tom T, for all the wonbderful music!!

  23. FrankGFlanagan

    Tom T, loved all over the world, a gifted man.

  24. Peggy Grose

    His songs are so great and he is the best story teller of all. For us old guys who can remember when it cost a quarter to see a double feature movie and ten cents for popcrn, I especially like "Pinto the Wonder Horse is Dead".

    ozus flyer

    And a Hershey bar was 5 cents.

  25. Trakka10001

    Has Tom T ever not written and sung a great song.

  26. james miller

    Yes Tom T . Hall will be one of my favorites till someone sings The Ballad of Forty Dollars over me

  27. guydeguy

    Thanks negramD! It was driving me nuts.

  28. negramDKbent

    @guydeguy
    You're right, it's Terry McMillan ;-)

  29. guydeguy

    So who is the harpist? Of course Charlie McCoy would be the first choice, but it sounds a lot like Terry McMillan to me.

    george macdonald

    dug out the old album from 1983/4 and can confirm its Terry Mcmillan

  30. Wayne Pierce

    My hero...great job.....

  31. shteamroller

    There is no better singer than Tom T. Hall, thanks for posting this - I never heard it before..

  32. Maj-Brith H

    All he has done is good!
    He is a great storyteller!

  33. rebelstang

    Praise The LORD! This song is a Blessing!
    DEO VINDICE!

  34. mike joiner

    king of nashville ooooyes