Let the loose end drag

Just a little ol' boy 'bout twelve years old
workin' on my daddy's farm .
Gotta help him build an old chicken coop -
gotta help him paint the barn .
I was carryin' a load 'bout twice my size -
not quite enough to brag .
Papa just smiled and looked at me and said
"Hey son let the loose end drag "

Son let the loose end drag
Son let the loose end drag
Papa just smiled and looked at me and said
Son let the loose end drag

When I got to be man
I started makin' plans
to get me all the lovin' I can .
I was sittin' in a bar
gettin' pretty far
with a honey on my right hand .
Then up steps a stud
he was looking for blood
'cos that lady didn't come in stag .
When you're caught in the middle
you can bet your life that it'll be
Honey let the loose end drag

Honey let the loose end drag
Honey let the loose end drag
When you're caught in the middle
you can bet your life that it'll be
Honey let the loose end drag

Now my life is almost done
every day I tell my son
the words my daddy handed down to me .
You giatta hang on very tight
to the things you know are right
let them fly-by-night things be .
When the devil calls your name
and he says he's won the game
and you know there ain't no turnin' back .
When he says you're gonna die
you just spit right in his eye -
I ain't gonna let the loose end drag .

I ain't gonna let the loose end drag .
I ain't gonna let the loose end drag .
When he says you're gonna die
you just spit right in his eye -
I ain't gonna let the loose end drag .

Words & Music by Ray Sawyer
Published by Screen Gems - EMI 1977