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Kindly Keep It Country

This song is by Hank Thompson and appears on the album Kindly Keep It Country (1973).

Kindly keep it country don't want to hear no symphony
Just rear back and let 'em play them good old songs for me
Don't be hitting those fancy licks just stick to the melody
Kindly keep it country that's good enough for me

Out in Oklahoma when Saturday rolled around
Everybody went to the legion hall
About 10 miles out of town
We played 'em country music
They was dancing by the hour
We turned that loose on one and picked the Wildwood Flower
We'd get a little more progressive
Danced 'em around the clock
Steel man doubled on the saxophone
And the drummer sang a little rock
Piano man played some way out things
I guess we got carried away
And before too long it didn't catch on
Together you could hear 'em say

Kindly keep it country don't want to hear no symphony...

Old Okie Joe was a country fan
He was there on a Saturday night
He sidled up to the bandstand
He'd tell 'em how to play it right
He said Kindly keep it country
Don't want to hear no rock and roll
None of that fancy uptown jazz
And none of that stuff called soul
Don't want to hear no clarinet
And none of that slide trombone
They ain't no room for no bassoon
No bugles or no xylophone
Just stay with the strings and let 'em ring
And get in close to the mic
Loud and strong play it long
That's the kind of band that I like

Kindly keep it country don't want to hear no symphony...

Some folks dropped by from way back east
On their way out to Disneyland
But the fella they asked when they stopped for gas
Recommended our country band
We played 'em a waltz we do-se-do'd
We got 'em up on their toes
Did they applaud when we ah-haw'd
To the San Antonio Rose
And when those folks finally get back home
To the opera at Carnegie Hall
After that Saturday night with us
It won't be no fun at all
Now I wouldn't be a bit surprised
If halfway through the play
If they walk up to that orchestra pit
Everybody'd hear 'em say

Kindly keep it country don't want to hear no symphony...

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