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    an oldies countryish song

    I can't remember who did this song and it's driving me crazy the name of the song is PATCHES and for the life of me I can't remember who sang it back in the 70's early

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    Are you thinking of Clarence Carter? I think that Alabama also recoreded a version of Patches too.


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    Oh man, I used to howl that song all the time when I was a 14 year old kid driving the tractor bush-hoggin'. Thank God, nobody could actually hear me over the roar of the tractor.

    And yes, I think it was Clarence Carter but I couldn't find the lyrics anywhere online.
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    I was born and raised down in Alabama
    On a farm way back up in the woods
    I was so ragged the kids would call me patches
    Papa used to kid me about it
    Of course deep down inside
    He was thinkin he had done all he could do
    My papa was a great old man
    I can see him with a shovel in his hand
    See, education he never had
    But he did wonders when the time got bad
    A little money from the crops he raised
    Barely paid the bills we made
    Oh life had kicked him down to the plow
    When he tried to get up life would kick him back down
    One day papa called me to his dyin bed
    Put his hands on my shoulders And in tears he said
    Patches, I'm depending on you son
    To pull the family through My son, it's all left up to you

    Two days later papa passed away
    I became a man that day
    So I told mama I was gonna quit school
    But she said that was dad's strictest rule
    So every morning 'fore I went to school
    I fed the chickens and I chopped wood too
    Sometimes I felt that I couldn't go on
    I wanted to leave this but I wanted a home
    But I always remembered what my daddy said
    With tears in his eyes on his dyin bed
    He said, "Patches, I'm depending on you son
    I tried to do my best, It's up to you to do the rest

    But then one day a strong rain came
    And washed all the crops away
    And at the age of thirteen I thought I was carrying
    The weight of the whole world on my shoulders
    And you know, mama knew what I was going through, Cause
    Everyday I had to work the fields
    Cause that's the only way we got our meals
    You see, I was the oldest of a family
    And everybody else depended on me
    Every night I heard my mama pray
    Lord, give him the strength to face another day
    Though years have passed and all the kids are gone
    I aimed to take my mama to a brand new home
    God knows people that I shed a tear
    My daddy's voice helped me through the years
    Sayin, "Patches, I'm depending on you son
    To pull the family through My son, it's all left up to you
    I could still hear papa when he'd say
    Patches, I'm depending on you son
    I tried to do my best It's up to you to do the rest".


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    thank you all very much my wife was puting on my Lidoderm patches and I just started to sing Patches I depend upon you son and then I was Lost and it was driving me crazy so thank you all LBUSH

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