Country Music


Tom Hall on "Old Dogs, Children, and Watermelon Wine"

Tom Hall discusses "Old Dogs, Children, and Watermelon Wine."

AIRED: September 15, 2019 | 0:02:31

- I had just done a show

and came back to the hotel.

Walked in this lounge.

Everybody's at this convention

and I said "Nobody in there."

Bartender was watching television,

watching Ironside, little tv show,

and he wasn't bringing any drinks out there.

There's no waiters.

I had to go up there and order a drink

and bring it back to the table.

And there was this old gray, black gentlemen,

he was going around polishing tables

and kind of sweeping up,

and I don't know.

And I'm sitting there

and he walked by and he was sweeping or something.

You know he said, "You ever drink any watermelon wine?"

And I said, "No, but I'd sure like to hear about it."

It just struck me as something that sounded so, you know,

what could be wrong with watermelon wine?

You know, I'd like to hear more about it.

So he sat down and he told me, you know,

we talked about philosophy and everything

and I took the napkin that he brought me

and I got out my pen

and I wrote watermelon wine on the napkin

and put it in my jacket pocket.

And I...

I wandered off to bed

and got up the next morning

and got on an airplane

and I was looking for something

and found that napkin and that said watermelon wine.

So, I didn't have anything to write on,

so I got the sick bag out of the airplane

and wrote the song on the sick bag

and made up the melody in my head.

There was one line that people couldn't argue with.

It said, "God bless little children

while they're still too young to hate,."

You know, before they, hate is an acquired disposition.

You know.

It's taught to people, you know, it's taught to ya.

So, now that line is the one that I hear repeated the most.

I tell ya a strange story

about old dogs, children, and watermelon wine.

In England, they had a survey of the most popular songs

of all time in England.

And the easy listening category in England,

the Beatles, Yesterday was number one

and my song, Old Dog, Children, and Watermelon Wine

went number two.

The all time favorites songs in England.

It's on three of four tombstones.

People send me...

they put Old Dog, Children, and Watermelon Wine

on their tombstones.


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