"A Little List"
By John Allen Latta

(c) 2015 BMI / WCCMP Publishing


She blew into the bar,

Elbowed up next to me,

And said, "I'm buying."

Said, "It's storming like the end of the world out there and I ain't lying."

She said, "I'm looking for a man with two strong hands who ain't a scared of trying."

And then she shoved at me a beat up list of rules. Said, "This is all my daddy left me now I think they're yours."


Can't always do what you want.

By God you do what you ought to.

When faced with a difficult choice,

It's from the Good Book you borrow.

Everyday you try to give someone

A helping hand.

Be sure to lead more than you follow.

And no matter what life throws at you...

Boy, you take care of my daughter.


I spied her up and down,

Really liked what I saw.

My brain was frying.

Things being what they were,

And jobs being kind of scarce.

I said, "I'm applying."

She tore off in her car,

I followed in old Hank,

His tires were crying.

And as the thunder cracked,

And the lightning snapped,

I could see old daddy's rules

Just a flashing in my lap!


Can't always do what you want.
By God you do what you ought to.
When faced with a difficult choice,
It's from the Good Book you borrow.
Everyday you try to give someone
A helping hand.
Be sure to lead more than you follow.
And no matter what life throws at you...
Boy, you take care of my daughter.


That little list of rules taught us how to live,

With a little bit of take and a whole lot of give.

Yeah, life's like the midway of the county fair:

You got to keep pushing forward,

Try not to stare.


Been more than twenty years,

Since that rainy, twister night,

In that old Tulsa bar.

We have a farm, three girls,

Sixty-five hundred acres,

And two brand new barns.

And when it's time to give our girl's hands in marriage...

For a gift we ain't looking too far.

We're gonna copy down that beat up, old list of rules;

Say these have served us pretty well, now we think they're yours.


Can't always do what you want.
By God you do what you ought to.
When faced with a difficult choice,
It's from the Good Book you borrow.
Everyday you try to give someone
A helping hand.
Be sure to lead more than you follow.
And no matter what life throws at you...
Boy, you take care of my daughter.



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