ST. FRANKIE

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WELL ST. FRANKIE WAS A MANDOLIN PLAYER

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‘FORE HE GAVE ‘WAY EVERYTHING HE HAD

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WISH I COULDA HEARD HIM PLAY

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MAYBE I WILL SOMEDAY

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HE’S UP THAR IN HEAVEN’S BLUEGRASS BAND

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WHERE THOSE LITTLE HARPS THEY SOUND JUSS LIKE BANJOS

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AND THEM ANGELS THEY YODEL REAL GOOD TOO

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AND FRANKIE PLAYS THAT MANDOLIN FAST AS WHITE LIGHTNIN’

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JUSS LIKE OL’ FRANKIE USED TO DO

 

 

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NOW FRANKIE HE WAS THE LIFE OF THE PARTY

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WE SURE DID HATE TO SEE HIM GO

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BUT HE ENLISTED IN THE CRUSADES ARMY

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WENT OFF TO FIGHT THAT HOLY WAR

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BUT FRANKIE HE WENT AND HE CAUGHT A FEVER

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CAUGHT A VISION UPSIDE HIS HEAD

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‘SAID REBUILD MY CHURCH, SON, IT’S FALLIN’ DOWN

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AND WHEN HE COME HOME HERE’S WHAT FRANKIE DID

 

 

 

EVEN THOUGH HE WAS ALONE, HE PUT HIS HAND TO STONE

HE TOOK TO MASONRY WITH A FERVER

HE HELPED OL’ FATHER DAMION AND ALL THE OTHERS TOO

AND HE WANTED TO GO ON EVEN FURTHER

‘TILL THE BOSS HAD A TALK WITH OL’ FRANKIE

HE SAID SON, I THINK YOU MISUNDERSTOOD

MY CHURCH AIN’T NO BUILDIN’ THAT’S MADE OUTTA STONE

IT’S THE PEOPLE, GO HELP ‘EM IF YOU WOULD

 

‘CAUSE OL’ FRANKIE WAS A MANDOLIN PLAYER

AFORE HE GAVE AWAY EVERYTHING HE OWNED

NOW HE’S UP THERE IN HEAVENS BLUEGRASS BAND

WHERE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC ABOUNDS

AND THOSE LITTLE HARPS THEY SOUND JUSS LIKE BANJOS

AND JESSIE PLAYS THE BASS AND CALLS THE TUNES

AND FRANKIE PLAYS THAT MANDOLIN FAST AS WHITE LIGHTNIN’

JUSS LIKE OL’ FRANKIE USED TO DO

 

NOW HE TALKED TO THE WOLF AND THE BIRDS OF THE AIR

AND EVEN THE FISH OF THE SEA

HE’D SPREAD THAT GOOD NEWS WHEREVER HE’D GO

NOT IN WHAT HE’D SAY BUT WHAT IN HE’D BE

AND SOME FOLKS COULDN’T UNDERSTAND HIM

BUT THE CHILDREN HAD NO PROBLEM AT ALL

ALL HE SAID WAS TO SHARE, BUT EVEN MORE TO CARE

‘CAUSE JESSE HE DONE TOOK CARE OF OUR FALL

 

 

NOW ONE DAY FRANKIE SAT THERE

A PRAYIN’ AND A THINKIN’

WONDERIN’ ‘BOUT WHAT JESSIE WENT THROUGH

BEIN’ LYNCHED LIKE A CROOK AND NAILED TO A TREE

AIN’T SUMTHIN’ THAT’S PLEASANT TO DO

AND THEN OL’ FRANKIE REALIZED

JESSIE HAD TO DO IT

TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT JUSTICE WAS DONE

[or T’BE HOLY IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE]

AND JESSIE CAME RIGHT TO HIM THAT VERY SAME MOMENT

SAID C’MON BOY, TIME FOR YOU TO JOIN THE FUN

(AND THEN HE MADE FRANKIE HOLY TOO)

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