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Johnny Cash
"The Devil To Pay" lyrics

The Devil To Pay

Go on, girl
Take your chances
See how long
You can go on
From man to man

I can read the lines
Between your stolen glances
And I know it's time
To fold this loosing hand

Cause you're drawn to the flame
By the thrill and the shame
Of the cheating game
They taught you how to play

You've got nothing to lose
But your soul, girl
And you've only the devil to pay

You've been flying so high
You don't know
That you're blind
To the writing
On the wall
But some day you'll look down
And you'll find
You've got no place to fall

When the bright lights are gone
You'll be standing alone
Forsaken in the naked light of day
Then you'll know that it's all over
But the dying
And you've still got the devil to pay

Join your friends
While you got them
Cause you know they're getting fewer
Every day

You can't wait
To let them take you
To the bottom
And I'm getting tired
Of standing in your way

But when you hit the ground
Don't come looking around
For the pieces of the love
You threw away

That's the price
Of the high life
You're living
And you still got the devil to pay

You've been flying so high
You don't know
That you're blind
To the writing
On the wall
But some day you'll look down
And you'll find
You've got no place to fall

When the bright lights are gone
You'll be standing alone
Forsaken in the naked light of day
Then you'll know that it's all over
But the dying
And you've still got the devil to pay

Authors: Merle Travis, Leon Rusk