[N.C.]You've painted up your lips and rolled and curled your tinted [A7]hair. [Em]
[D]Ruby, are you contemplating [G]going out some[A7]where?
The [Em]shadow on the wall tells me, the [A7]sun is going down. [Em]
Oh, Ru[D]by, [G] [Em7] don't take your love to town. [D]
It [Em]wasn't me who started that old [D]crazy Asian war,
but [Em]I was proud to go and do my [G]patriotic [A7]choir.
And [Em]yes, it's true that I am not the [A7]man I used to be. [Em]
Oh, Ru[D]by, [G] [Em7] I just need some company. [D]
It's hard to love a man whose legs are bent and paralyzed.
And the wants and the needs of a woman your age, Ruby, I realize.
But it won't be long, I've heard them say, until I'm not around.
Oh, Ruby, don't take your love to town.
[N.C.]She's leaving now, 'cause I just heard the slamming of the door;
the way I know I've heard it slam a hundred times before.
If I could walk, I'd get my gun and put her in the ground.
Oh, Ruby, for Gods sake, turn around.