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Johnny Cash
"My Grandfather's Clock" lyrics

My Grandfather's Clock

My grandfather's clock
Was too large for the shelf
So it stood ninety years on the floor
It was taller by half
Than the old man himself
Though it weighed not a pennyweight more

It was bought on the morn
Of the day that he was born
And was always his treasure and pride
But it stopped, short
Never to go again
When the old man died

Ninety years without slumbering
His life seconds numbering
It stopped, short
Never to go again
When the old man died

My grandfather said
That of those he could hire
Not a servant so faithful he found
For it wasted no time
And had but one desire
At the close of each week to be wound

And it kept in its place
Not a frown upon its face
And its hands never hung by its side
But it stopped, short
Never to go again
When the old man died

It rang and alarmed
In the dead of the night
An alarm that for years had been dumb
And we knew that his spirit
Was pluming for flight
That his hour for departure had come

Still the clock kept the time
With a soft and muffled chime
As we silently stood by his side
But it stopped, short
Never to go again
When the old man died

Ninety years without slumbering
His life seconds numbering
It stopped, short
Never to go again
When the old man died