Song Name: They Called Him Shade

Songwriter: Mick Shade

Copyright: 2010

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Lyrics:

Born in the hills of East Kentucky
A little place called Clayhole
Papaw said he hated Breathitt County
Too many demons on patrol
He told me 'bout Bloody Breathitt
What his part was
I said it ain't for me to say
But you got to follow your own cause

They called him Shade
They called him Shade
They called him Shade, Shade, Shade, Shade, Shade

Taught me how to throw a baseball
Took me fishin' on his houseboat
Told me all about Kentucky
And God and Jesus he did note
Told how he'd been a conductor
For the L&N Railroad
Called himself the Mountain Democrat
I so loved his soul

They called him Shade
They called him Shade
They called him Shade, Shade, Shade, Shade, Shade

Could hear the coal cars clank
In the railroad yard below
We'd sit in the swing on the front porch
Got mesmerized by the mountains glow
You see I was adopted
But he was more than family to me
There's not much I wouldn't give up
If Papaw Shade one more time I could see

They called him Shade
They called him Shade
They called him Shade, Shade, Shade, Shade, Shade
They called him Shade
They called him Shade
They called him Shade, Shade, Shade, Shade, Shade