Old Plank Road



Recorded by Uncle Dave Macon


Rather be in Richmond with all the hail and rain

Than to be in Georgia boys wearin' that ball and chain


Won't get drunk no more

Won't get drunk no more

Won't get drunk no more

Way down the Old Plank Road


I went down to Mobile, but I got on the gravel train

Very next thing they heard of me, had on that ball and chain


Doney, oh dear Doney, what makes you treat me so

Caused me to wear that ball and chain, now my ankle's sore


Knoxville is a pretty place, Memphis is a beauty

Wanta see them pretty girls, hop to Chattanoogie


I'm going to build me a scaffold on some mountain high

So I can see my Doney girl as she goes riding by


My wife died on Friday night, Saturday she was buried

Sunday was my courtin' day, Monday I got married


Eighteen pounds of meat a week, whiskey here to sell

How can a young man stay at home, pretty girls look so well