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  1. By and By

From the recording Ernest Troost Live At McCabe's

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4. By and By

Thin man standin’ on the side of the road
Says rain gonna fall and the wind gonna blow
I been livin’ on roots, I been sleepin’ in a field
A man’ll break your heart for one square meal

If you’re headed up north that’s where I’ll go
I hear they’re servin’ champagne with escargot
Well, I was light on my feet till the young-uns came along
Yeah, they were bringin’ me down like a hard-luck song

chorus
Well, we all go to heaven by and by
That’s what the good book say
So polish your shoes, straighten up your tie
Get ready for the judgment day

I drowned two at the bend in the Santa Rosa creek
‘Cause they don’t leave nothin’ in this world for the meek
Well, the missus was a-screamin’ and a-scratchin’ my eyes
Better livin’ on truths than starvin’ on lies
Yeah, we all go to heaven by and by

chorus

Well, I left ‘em in Nipomo with a brokedown car
I sold off the tires to get me this far
And I ain’t goin’ back to no death row cell
Say, mister, can you drop me at the gates of hell

chorus two times

Thin man standin’ on the side of the road
Says rain gonna fall and the wind gonna blow