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Johnny Paycheck – Old Violin lyrics

Well, I can't recall, one time in my life,
I've felt as lonely as I do tonight.
I feel like I could lay down, and get up no more,
It's the damndest feelin'; I never felt it before.

Tonight I feel like an old violin,
Soon to be put away and never played again.
Don't ask me why I feel like this, hell, I can't say.
I only wish this feelin' would just go away.

I guess it's 'cos the truth,
Is the hardest thing I ever faced.
'Cos you can't change the truth,
In the slightest way. I tried.

So I asked myself,
I said: 'John, where do you go from here?'
Then like a damned fool,
I turned around and looked in the mirror.

And there I saw, an old violin.
Soon to be put away and never played again.

So one more time, just to be sure,
I said: 'John, where in the hell do you go from here?'
You know that when a nickel's worth of beer,
When I looked in the mirror, that's when I knew.

That there I was seein', an old violin.
Soon to be put away, and never played again.

And just like that, it hit me,
That old violin and I were just alike.
We'd give our all to music,
And soon, we'll give our life.

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  • u
    I think he wrote this song while he was in a very depressed state of mind and he was spilling his heart out but just not with words that describe his hurt in his heart so he used a violin to describe the meaning of everything. I personally love this song and its a very sad song but everytime I hear it puts a smile on my face and I can't stop singin it.
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  • u
    I believe he was realizing that at sometime in the future all things come to an end. And so would he. Time marches on and there is nothing that any of us can do about it. It is hard to age and to realize that your life is coming to an end and that no matter what you had accomplished in life, you can't get it all done. I love this song! I would like thank him for all the musical enjoyment he has given us. Rest in peace John, we miss you.
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