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Grady walked the two miles into town most every day
With his funny, jerky gait it seemed he galloped all the way
With his baseball cap on backwards, he'd sail into the wind
He was always on the outside. We wouldn't let him in

The boys down at the filling station said that he was touched
He hid a grin behind his hand, he didn't talk that much
Mama used to say, "You kids leave that poor man alone"
We'd follow him and giggle, saying "Grady, sing your song"

Grady would dance for a penny
While he sang "Those Oklahoma Hills Where I Was Born"
I carry this picture of old Grady even though it's getting kind of worn
The edges are ragged and torn

I remember the day it happened, I was coming home from school
The banker's baby daughter had fallen in the pool
Grady saw it happen, he jumped the fence and he plunged right in
He saved her life, but he gave his - he never learned to swim


I wish you could've seen the funeral they had for old Grady
He even got his picture in the paper
My dad cut it out and gave it to me...
Said he was a hero


The boys down at the filling station said that he was touched
And he was...by God


from Acoustic Eclectricity, released January 1, 2000
R. Cox, A. Shamblin



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