Listen to Let Him Roll song with lyrics from Guy Clark

Let Him Roll

Guy Clark9 Mar 1997

Let Him Roll Lyrics

Let Him Roll - Guy Clark

Well he was wino tried and true


Done about everything there is to do


He worked on freighters an' he'd worked in bars


He worked on farms an' he'd worked on cars


It was white port that put that look in his eye


Grown men get when they need to cry


We sat down on the curb to rest

And his head just fell down on his chest


He says: "Every single day it gets

"Just a little bit harder to handle and yet "


Then he lost the thread and his mind got cluttered

And the words just rolled off down the gutter


Well he was elevator man in a cheap hotel

In exchange for the rent on a one room cell

An' he's old: years beyond his time

No thanks to the world and the white port wine


So he said: "Son " He always called me son

Said: "Life for you has just begun "


An' then he told me the story I'd heard before

How he fell in love with a Dallas whore


Now he could cut through the years to the very night

When it ended in a whore house fight


And she turned his last proposal down


In favor of being a girl about town


Now it's been seventeen years right in line

He ain't been straight in none of the time


It's too many days of fightin' the weather


An' too many nights of not being together


So he died


Instrumental break


An' when they went through his personal effects


In among the stubs from the welfare checks

Was a crumblin' picture of a girl in a door


An' an address in Dallas and nothin' more


An' the welfare people provided the priest


A couple from the mission down the street

Sang "Amazing Grace" and no one cried

'Cept some lady in black way off to the side


We all left and she's standing there


A black veil covering her silver hair

Ol' One-Eyed John said her name was Alice


An' she used to be a whore in Dallas


So let him roar Lord let him roll


I bet he's gone to Dallas rest his soul


Just you let him roll Lord let him roar


He always said that heaven


Was just a Dallas whore

Just you let him roar Lord let him roll



I bet he's gone to Dallas rest his soul