Kenny Rogers - Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp Lyrics




The corn was dry, the weeds were high when Daddy took to drinkin'
Then him and Lucy Walker, they took up and run away
Mama cried a tear and then she promised fourteen children
I swear you'll never see a hungry day.

When mama sacrificed her pride the neighbours started talkin'
But I was much too young to understand a thing they said
The things that mattered most of all was Mama's chicken dumplin's
And a goodnight kiss before we went to bed.

Oh, the path was deep and wide from footsteps leading to our cabin
Above the door there burned a scarlet lamp
And late at night a hand would knock and there would stand a stranger
Yes, I'm the son of Hickory Holler's tramp.

When daddy left and destitution came upon our family
Not one neighbour volunteered to give a helpin' hand
So let 'em gossip all they want, she loved us and she raised us
The proof is standin' here, a full grown man.

Last summer Mama passed away and left the ones who loved her
Each and every one was more than grateful for their birth
Each Sunday she receives a fresh bouquet of fourteen roses
And a card that says The greatest Mom on earth.

Oh, the path was deep and wide from footsteps leading to our cabin
Above the door there burned a scarlet lamp
And late at night a hand would knock and there would stand a stranger
Yes, I'm the son of Hickory Holler's tramp.

Oh, the path was deep and wide from footsteps leading to our cabin
Above the door there burned a scarlet lamp
And late at night a hand would knock and there would stand a stranger
Yes, I'm the son of Hickory Holler's tramp.

Oh, the path was deep and wide from footsteps leading to our cabin
Above the door there burned a scarlet...





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  1. Joni Lynn michalski

    Like both of version oc smith and Kenny Rogers

  2. packingten

    Johnny Russell wrote this one rip John!.

  3. Frans Edgren

    But please: Listen to the OC Smith version!

    24327355

    Just followed your advice...Phew...Thought nobody did it better than Kenny- I was Wrong.

  4. Brian McCrory

    Okda good one

  5. ovie akpobome

    my dad use to play this song while I was a kid. I grew up in country song regardless the race.

  6. Collin Gelderbloem

    Kenny the best!!!👍

  7. Michelle Davidson

    Love Kenny's version

  8. Linda Schenck

    Got it long ago. He's one of my country loves

  9. AttentionJunkie

    My parents would listen to this album on road trips.

  10. Paul Bledsoe

    For me, the Country Gentlemen had the best version. A close 2nd was Merle Haggard!

  11. bunnybastille1

    OC Smith's version was so much better than Kenny Rogers'.

    Jo Hammerstein

    Totally agree

    David Birchall

    Your right it most definitely was

  12. John W Selleck

    For my money the very best version was by Otis Redding on his "Dock of the Bay" album. Really worth a listen

  13. Rob Spencer

    Both Kenny's & O.C. Smith's versions are great classic's, each make the song their own.

  14. John Jarou

    this song belongs to O.C. Smith,thank you!

  15. Glenn Ivens

    Written by Dallas Frazier, originally recorded in 1967 by Johnny Darrell went to #37 in the Country Charts, re-recorded by O.C. Smith in 1968 spent 15 weeks in UK charts (2 at #2) and 14 weeks on Billboard peaking at #40, Kenny re-re-released it in 1977 on the album Kenny Rogers. I grew up with the O.C. Smith version and it will always be my favourite. 

    John Jarou

    thanks for that info. I understand now that the o.c. smith version was not the original, but still my favorite version.

  16. geoff door

    THIS IS A FUCKING RUBBISH VERSION - O C SMITH - IT JUST SOUNDS LIKE THE GAMBLER WITH CHANGED LYRICS -

  17. John W Landry

    @moun1965 I suppose that depends on what version you heard first,but I heard The Hag's first myself and am partial to that one.

  18. John W Landry

    @wqpeb It was actually Dallas Frazier who wrote this song,but O.C. definitely put a good spin on it,albeit R&B style.

  19. wqpeb

    I like Johnny Darrell doing this one a bit better than Kenny. I cannot get used to the O.C. Smith original performance though.
    But bravo for O.C. Smith writing this great song! Sometimes it takes someone else to do your song and make it even a greater hit.
    Good one O.C. !

  20. wambui37

    for me the best version is from O.C. Smith

  21. Ashley Allinson

    This is on Kenny Rogers' self-titled album from '77

  22. soraniji20

    @Johisfas

    Thanks for answering my question.
    I thank you very much.

  23. soraniji20

    I listened to this music which is called "the son of Hickory's Tramp" for the first time.

    Thanks for sharing. :-)

    By the way, I have a question.

    What CD or LP is this music recorded in?