TENNESSEE STUD

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TENNESSEE STUD

Jimmy Driftwood “The Balladeer of the Ozarks,” was a folklorist, historian, teacher,
performer, songwriter and three-time Grammy winner. You’d be hard-pressed to find a
country music aficionado who’s never heard his “Battle Of New Orleans” or “Tennessee
Stud.” Jimmy wrote songs based on American history, and used these songs to teach his
students. His reputation as “The Singing Ozark School Teacher” grew throughout
Arkansas, and he soon became a favorite at folk festivals, as well as school and university
lectures, where he would demonstrate his unique teaching method.
Along about eighteen and twenty-five
I left Tennessee very much alive
I never would have got through the Arkansas mud
If I hadn’t been a-ridin on the Tennessee stud
I had some trouble with my sweetheart’s pa
One of her brothers was a bad outlaw
I sent her a letter by my Uncle Fud
And I rode away on the Tennessee stud
CHORUS:
The Tennessee stud was long and lean
The color of the sun and his eyes were green
He had the nerve and he had the blood
And there never was a hoss like the Tennessee stud
One day I was ridin’ in the beautiful land
And ran smack into an Indian band
They jerked their knives with a whoop and a yell
But I rode away like a bat out of hell
Well I circled their camp for a time or two
And showed what a Tennessee hoss could do
And them redskin boys never got my blood
‘Cause I was a-ridin’ on the Tennessee stud
CHORUS