#03083
Back In '56 (Roy Payne) video
#1720: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~

Well, a dollar was a dollar way back then,
A handshake was a bond between two friends;
And drugs were somethin' doctors used
just to cure the sick,
That's the way things looked in fifty-six.

And Mama, bless her soul, was still alive,
Television didn't rule the family life;
And no one ever heard of AIDS or teenage sex,
That's the way things looked in fifty-six.

Hey, and rock 'n' roll was new and satan-free,
And I was just a country boy with country dreams;
Walking home from school,
holding hands with young Beatrice Keats,
That's the way things looked in fifty-six.

And no one ever knew of acid rain,
You either road a pickup or a train;
And you went to church on Sunday
just for God and not for sex,
That's the way things looked in fifty-six.

Old Hank was my hero and still is,
Mama bought my first guitar because of him;
Hey, and Luther played a strange guitar
but he taught me how to pick,
That's the way things looked in fifty-six.

Yes, and rock 'n' roll was new and satan-free,
And I was just a country boy with country dreams;
Walking home from school,
holding hands with young Beatrice Keats,
Hey, that's the way things looked in fifty-six.
That's the way things looked in fifty-six.

####.... Roy Payne ....####
Recorded by Roy Payne (Last Of The Reasons I Keep Going Home, trk#4, 1979 Cassette, Condor - The Sound of Canadian Country, Heritage Music, Scarborough, Ontario).

See more songs by Roy Payne.

Also recorded by Dick Nolan (My Beautiful Island, trk#10, 1991 Cassette, Condor - The Sound of Canadian Country, Heritage Music, Scarborough, Ontario, recorded at Shag Sound).

See more songs by Dick Nolan.

Notes:
¹ Hiram King (Hank) Williams [1923-1953] American singer-songwriter and musician regarded, despite his short life, as one of the most important country music artists of all time.
² Luther Monroe (L M) Perkins [1928-1968] American country music guitarist and member of singer Johnny Cash's backup band, the Tennessee Three, until his tragic death in a house fire.



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