Watson, Gene - The Old Man And His Horn Lyrics




The old man told his story
About the years gone by
How he played his horn down in New Orleans
In some old dingy dive
"I knew 'em all back then" he said
As he reached out for his horn
He closed his eyes and wet his lips
Then the blues were born

He played with so much feelin'
Tears came from his eyes
He stopped and reminisced a bit
And then he gave a sigh!
Said, "You know, I almost made it
But that was before your time
Dixieland, Po' Folks Blues
ScatMan Jack and wine"

Slapped his knee and gave a grin
It sure was good back then
Reaching for his horn on the floor
Placed it in an old towsack
That hung across his back
He said "Goodbye!"
And shuffled out the door

Enthused by what he told me
I never got his name
So, I called the waitress over
And started to explain
A tired old man, his tarnished horn
Mem'ries of years gone by
How he played his horn and reminisced
Smiled with tear-dimmed eyes

She said you are mistaken
There's been no one but you
But I know who you're talkin' 'bout
I used to know him, too
You'll find him down on Basin Street
In back of an old churchyard
A stone that reads, "Rest in Peace"
I tried but it sure was hard"

Slapped his knee and gave a grin
It sure was good back then
Reaching for his horn on the floor
Placed it in an old towsack
That hung across his back
He said "Goodbye!"
And shuffled out the door





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  1. Brenda Brenda

    He will always be mine and my Father's favorite Country music artist.....HE DESERVES MORE RECOGNITION

  2. Richard hoof

    Placed it in an old toad sak

  3. James Cook

    This man has been around over 50 years and still can't be bet, and never will be!

  4. Pamela Mckenzie

    I love this song!!!! What a voice!!!

  5. ruth atwell

    SHOULD BE IN THE C M H O F   GENE WATSON

  6. bfwinkler

    If this song don’t give you chills!!! Idk what to tell ye!

  7. Tim McMillan

    I agree

  8. Pamela Mckenzie

    Amazing talent 🙌👌👍👏

  9. Ambar Shrestha

    I am not a native English speaker. One of my friends told me to listen to country music and he referred me this song. This song is damm beautiful and mellifluous. I want to attend his concert if he is giving in Alabama.

  10. 44wetwater 44wetwater

    Gene Watson didn't need auto-tune , Gene is auto-tune !.

  11. Darrell Somers

    It sure was good back when

  12. Miss Kitty 1944

    Love this and love Gene thanks for all music you are such a good singer 2019 July love all your songs God bless keep on singing best of the best thank you

  13. JD Webb

    Why would songs be deleted? That's one of the good things in this world, especially sung by this wonderful singer. Shame on whoever deleted them. Something wrong there. Love you Gene Watson.

  14. Lee Sharp

    Love this song. Love Gene's voice.

  15. Red Irish Rose

    Going to sleep good

  16. Margo Mason

    Beautiful voice and song.

  17. Miss Kitty 1944

    Love this song thanks Gene love all your music 2019 June thanks for all good music god bless

  18. ruth atwell

    Great Song -Singer   The C M H O F   Next  Good Luck

  19. Tommie Colaw

    I believe Gene is right up there on the same scale with Marty Robbins. He has the same qualities and it doesn't get any better. I love to hear all of his songs. Love you, Gene Watson.

  20. Miss Kitty 1944

    Love this great gene 2019. May great song thanks lots great

  21. Miss Kitty 1944

    Another great song thanks Gene so many songs thank you 2019 they are great not a bad one God bless

  22. Charles Roberts

    I still want to know why this man isn't in the hall, he damned sure should be.

  23. Martha Hill

    Gene Watson.Smooth as silk.Very soulful man.

  24. Ms Kitty Kennedy

    I agree. There are others in the CM Hall of Fame don't hold a candle to Gene. JudyKennedy

  25. Mtn Life

    Love this !

  26. Betty Thomas

    This man belongs in the country music hall of fame .

  27. Wileen Byroads

    GENE IS ONE BROWN EYED DOLLBABY MAN! I JUST LOVE THIS MAN! WE ARE BOTH 75 AND HE IS TWO DAYS YOUNGER THEN ME! I STILL WANT TO HOLD HIM AND LOVE HIM! HE IS IN MY HEAD 24/7! HE NEVER LEAVES! NOT SURE HOW HE GOT THERE! LOVE YOU GENE!

  28. M E Roach

    I love everything Gene Watson sings but my favorite one is "FARWELL PARTY" I hope that my family will play this at my funeral when I pass away.

  29. Likekinds -

    It does not get any better than this.
    Thank you, Gene.

  30. ruth atwell

    GREAT SONG        SHOULD BE IN THE C M H O F GENE WATSON

  31. Bill Southworth

    Had his Bass player as an apprentice years ago (Electrician) .

  32. Mike Wayson

    Dallas Harms wrote a lot of good songs. He wrote this tune along with Paper Rosie and Cowboy's Don't Get Lucky All The Time that Gene recorded.

  33. Robert Bodine

    Saw Gene Watson in September still great.

  34. Medium Paul Hillbilly

    How can you dislike this song?It rocks!

  35. Robert Brothers

    Why is he not in the hall of Fame ???????????????

  36. cjnpete

    Luv the video as well as the song.. Gene Watson FAN

  37. Wileen Byroads

    ABSOLUTELY BEST COUNTRY SINGER EVER! I DON'T THINK ANYONE CAN EVER REPLACE THIS AWESOME MAN!

  38. Wileen Byroads

    I LOVE THIS GUY! I WANT TO KISS EVERY WHISKER!

  39. 5Dough

    Gene Watson could sing the phone book and I'd listen. His vocal range is phenomenal. Never heard a song of his I didn't like.

  40. Joey Ballard

    great singer

  41. Donna Loock

    Absolutely beautiful music and artist

  42. Nancy Wilson

    Gene is the best!!!

  43. Bud Maxwell

    A wonderful story telling song by Gene!!!!! thanks for sharing.

  44. Wileen Byroads

    THIS MAN CAN SING ANYTHING! HE IS GREAT! GOD BLESS THIS MAN FOREVER!

  45. Tim Kilby

    ireally like this guy and this is great

  46. bj preece

    Gene is one of the most talented gentleman in country music. Why has he been look over. He only gets better the older he gets. I listen to his videos every day sometimes all day. Love u Gene. God bless.

  47. Bob Rynes

    A true GREAT for sure!!

  48. John Hedges

    Ms. Katy for such a wonderful presentation.  One of the best I have ever seen and listened to.

  49. James McArron

    Dont have Merle any more but we still have Gene!!!!

  50. Philip Guy

    This is a great song

  51. Wayne Bird

    What’s up with all Gene Watson’s song won’t let you add to playlists greedy relatives I guess

  52. Stacey Riddle

    Missin dad,thanks Gene for the memories

  53. Tim Kilby

    i'm getting old too, this really grabs me by the heart

  54. Tim Kilby

    this is one great song, i love it!!

  55. Coop1913

    Why don't they make songs like this anymore?

  56. Pete Lynch

    Hall of Famer for sure. Garth Brooks made it but he didn't UNREAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  57. Carolyn DeVane

    Love this Gene....fantastic story.....one of my all time favorites❤️

  58. Jan Oneal

    Gene Watson absolutely the top....I go to sleep at night listening to him...FANTASTIC

  59. Glen Friesner

    Love this song and video. Thanks

  60. Ida Fillmore

    Yes was there in the 90's ! Best Gene !

  61. Annie Hooker

    I agree. He should be in hall of fame. They added pop country artists. They have ignored the great country artists. This is a shame. Example: it took Jean Shepard 55 years to get inducted. She was also a country pioneer. A great country artist like Gene.

  62. anders jonsson

    Gene Watson sure is one of those great singers, this is so incredibly beautiful and the guy is rumored NOT to be in Country Music Hall Of Fame , how about that, wake up America

  63. Jamie Martin

    Gene is a true country legend. Love you man

  64. Doug Rogers

    Loved Genes music

  65. Randall Martar

    One of the best,I love his songs.

  66. earl slot

    great tear jerker

  67. Joey Ballard

    desevers to be on any cma, mixed music I love it,he can sing any of it

  68. phillip thompson

    Gene can sure bring emotions to the surface with his songs.

  69. earl slot

    the waitress looks hot

  70. Jimmy Dodson

    Country music isn't like this anymore !

  71. David Finley

    They don,t make "em like" Gene any more.

  72. hanna pretorius

    Love ALL of you Country Singers! You're the Greatest!!!!!!!!!

  73. Nick Galante

    This man turns everything he sings to gold. A great CM wonder. His material, delivery and voice are magical!

  74. Carolyn DeVane

    What a great song!!! Love Gene Watson❤️

  75. ian moore

    What a great song i've ask this before has he ever been down under

  76. earl slot

    god makes me cry & drink a beer, don't get any better

  77. Allan Faust

    what a voice he's all time singer

  78. Daniel Delaney

    thanks for sharing Katy....I love Gene's music what a voice back then and he still can nail those notes

  79. Thomas Carter

    what can i say .juat the beat

  80. CountryBoy Williams

    ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL

  81. Carolyn DeVane

    Man....what a song....the horn! Want that saying on my tombstone....I tried but it was hard! Amen

  82. johnny pluchino

    wow what can i say,this guy is just great!!!!!!!!!!!!

  83. hanna pretorius

    Gene Watson"s GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  84. poetgranny

    Gene Watson--what an amazing talent! Love this song, and all other songs he sings.

  85. Stella Ann Gray

    love this Gene Watson song - he has one of the most beautiful voices ever.

  86. Daniel Delaney

    thanks for sharing Katy

  87. lavonne murdock

    BEEN HERE. WITH GENE.

  88. lavonne murdock

    LOVE THIS STORY.  MY GENE HERE.

  89. richard severin

    Gene Watson and his incredible voice is still on tour !! Just wish he and his band would come my way here in central Virginia.

  90. Margaret Hooper

    Gene Watson is one of my favior singer i can sit and listen to gene an time . he is so great .

  91. wayne love

    Friended him on facebook....can keep up with his shows...

  92. Trebron StM

    Never got the credit he deserves for being such a great singer...

    Aaron King

    Way overdue to be inducted...I cant see how hes been overlooked while others have gotten in with lesser talent, a shame

  93. Lynda Mays

    I was reading the comments and you're all right. Gene has a voice that can't be matched.

  94. kicko61

    Danny Rainwater on HORN Thanks Dan

  95. Deana Robinson

    he is the BEST I only knew about 2 of them in 70's & 80's, "Where love begins " &
    " Farewell Party ". All these years, I can't believe I did not know ANY OF THEM. HE DOESN'T HAVE A BAD SONG. I ALSO THINK HE'S BETTER NOW THAN WHEN LISTENING TO HIM THRU' the YEARS, meaning he got BETTER WITH TIME. I couldn't think of the title of one of the 2. SONGS I liked. I asked google, using only a few lines of it & Used. his name: by Gene Watson. it immediately GENE WATSON. came up, of course, 'WHERE LIVE BEGINS". I have been LISTENING TO HIM EVER SINCE.
    My husband sings & plays guitar still at age 74. He is a hard critic & he said " I had no idea he was that good". He also said you had a good song writer & band. He liked Glen Campbell & Chet Atkins on guitar, bests; and NO ONE BETTER. SINGER THAN GENE WATSON THAN "ELVIS". I agree. GENE WATSON IS THE BEST SINGER OF ALL COUNTRY, I LOVED GEORGE JONES BUT NOW, I KNOW, GENE WATSON IS BETTER THAN HIM.

    Norman Thomson

    me too my friend

    JW Romig

    Deana Robinson Gene's Farewell Party is one of the best country songs ever written. I think I'll have it played at MY farewell party.

    Deltoidicus

    My father loved "Farewell Party". He's been gone 14 years and I still can't listen to it without crying

  96. Deana Robinson

    he is the BEST I only knew about 2 of them in 70's & 80's, "Where love begins " &
    " Farewell Party ". All these years, I can't believe I did not know ANY OF THEM. HE DOESN'T HAVE A BAD SONG. I ALSO THINK HE'S BETTER NOW THAN WHEN LISTENING TO HIM THRU' the YEARS, meaning he got BETTER WITH TIME. I couldn't think of the title of one of the 2. SONGS I liked. I asked google, using only a few lines of it & Used. his name: by Gene Watson. it immediately GENE WATSON. came up, of course, 'WHERE LIVE BEGINS". I have been LISTENING TO HIM EVER SINCE.
    My husband sings & plays guitar still at age 74. He is a hard critic & he said " I had no idea he was that good". He also said you had a good song writer & band. He liked Glen Campbell & Chet Atkins on guitar, bests; and NO ONE BETTER. SINGER THAN GENE WATSON THAN "ELVIS". I agree. GENE WATSON IS THE BEST SINGER OF ALL COUNTRY, I LOVED GEORGE JONES BUT NOW, I KNOW, GENE WATSON IS BETTER THAN HIM.

  97. Ray Jackson

    Watched Gene live today! Texas Opry

  98. lp1330

    Great slide show to go along with a fantastic song!