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A HOUSE OF GOLD

(Hank Williams)


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Performed by Bob Dylan, Madrid, E, Jun 15, 1989; Athens, GR, Jun 28, 1989.

Original recording: Hank Williams demo, late 1949/early 1950
(registered with Library of Congress, Apr 21, 1950; released -- with overdubs -- on Polydor LP 833-752, 1987);
first commercial recording by Milton Estes, Dec 30, 1949 (Coral 64031).

The tune is obviously a variant of that used for "Lost Highway"
(also covered by both Hank Williams and Bob Dylan).


ORIGINAL LYRICS,
© 1950;
transcribed by Manfred Helfert.


People steal, they cheat and lie
For wealth and what it will buy.
But don't they know on the Judgment Day
That gold and silver will melt away.

I'd rather be in a deep, dark grave
And know that my poor soul was saved
Than live in this world in a house of gold
And deny my God and doom my soul.

What good is gold and silver, too,
If your heart's not good and true?
Sinner, hear me when I say,
Fall down on your knees and pray.

I'd rather be in a deep, dark grave
And know that my poor soul was saved
Than live in this world in a house of gold
And deny my God and doom my soul.


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