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