COUNTIN' THE HOURS
COUNTIN' THE DAYS

w & m by John D. Loudermilk
1965 Acuff-Rose Publ. Inc.

Countin' the hours
Countin' the days
Till I'll be back
In your arms to stay

I left Lake Charles on Seventy-one
And I drove to highway Ten
Took a right at the second light
Then I turned back right again
Drove till I came to the junction of Six
Where it runs into Five-O-one
Stopped for gas at the Cumberland Pass
And again in Burlington

Countin' the hours
Countin' the days
Till I'll be back
In your arms to stay

And out of Burlington I took
Ole Seventy, headed west
I found me a picnic table, and
Stretched out and I took a rest
I drove on across Fontana Dam
Till I came to the Lake Wahoo
Took the ferry to the other side
I was coming home to you

Well, the interstates are mighty nice
But they're workin' on 'um mighty slow
So, to keep from hitting construction work
I took the alternate road
Which took me in to the business district
Of Elizabethtown
Where I had a flat and I hit a cat
And had to chase the owner down

(source: Standard Songs Pop/ Country/ Blues/ Folk/ Instumentals/ Novelty, Acuff-Rose Publications Inc. 1956-1973)

 

Note: last verse is omitted on Bobby Bare's release

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