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    "A Picture From Life's Other Side" Lyrics

    Woody Guthrie

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    In the world's mighty gallery of pictures
    Hang the scenes that are painted from life
    There's pictures of love and of passion
    Then there's pictures of peace and of strife
    There hang pictures of youth and of beauty
    Of old age and the blushing young bride
    They all hang on the wall - but the saddest of all
    Are the pictures from life's other side.

    Just a picture from life's other side
    Someone has fell by the way
    A life has gone out with the tide
    That might have been happy someday
    There's a poor old mother at home
    She's watching and waiting alone
    Just longing to hear - from a loved one so dear
    It's just a picture from life's other side.

    The first scene is that of a gambler
    Who had lost all his money at play
    An' he draws his dead mother's ring from his finger
    That she wore long ago on her wedding day
    It's his last earthly treasure, but he stakes it
    Then he bows his head that his shame he may hide
    But, when they lifted his head - they found he was dead
    That's just a picture from life's other side.

    Now the last scene is that by the river
    Of a heart-broken mother and babe
    As the harbor lights shine and they shiver
    On an outcast whom no one will save
    And yet, she was once a true woman
    She was somebody's darlin' and pride
    God help her, she leaps - for there's no one to weep
    It's just a picture from life's other side.

    The next was a scene of two brothers
    Whose pathways so diff'rent had led
    One lived the life of a rich man
    The other one begged for his bread
    Then one night they met on the highway
    "Your money or life", the thief cried
    And then with his knife - took his own brother's life
    It's just a picture from life's other side.
    This song was submitted on August 9th, 2013 and last modified on October 18th, 2016.
    Copyright with Lyrics © BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC.
    Written by Jack Elliott.
    Lyrics licensed by LyricFind.

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