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Tom T. Hall - Whittler Lyrics (From “Natural Dreams”)


At an old country store on the outskirts of town
He sat on the porch with his feet on the ground
With a stick of red cedar and a sharp Barlow's knife
He whittled and talked of a whittler's life.

He said when you whittle you don't make a thing
A whittle can't dance and a whittle can't sing
A whittle don't hurt and a whittle don't help
A whittle ain't nothin' but whittlin' itself.

One whittle's a whitt and two whitts a whittle
It's the same on both ends as it is in the middle
The same to the wood as it is to the knife
A whittle's a riddle it's a little like life.

Well, a whittle don't care about heaven or hell
Don't care how it looks and don't care how it smells
It's a thing you can't do if you think it's a thing
It's the end of a circle and the start of a ring.

Well he sits there and whittles and the shavins' pile up
Back to the earth and then back to the dust
He said what have I done if I've whittled all day
Time would have whittled itself anyway.

One whittle's a whitt and two whitts a whittle
It's the same on both ends as it is in the middle
The same to the wood as it is to the knife
A whittle's a riddle it's a little like life.

He said here watch me whittle and he whittled a whitt
He reared back and laughed and leaned over and spit
He said let me say one more thing fore you go
I don't even know what it is I don't know.

One whittle's a whitt and two whitts a whittle
It's the same on both ends as it is in the middle
The same to the wood as it is to the knife
A whittle's a riddle it's a little like life...

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Comment by J.J. Smith III on June 25, 2009 at 3:03
Did you make anything special or did you just make shavings?
Comment by Steve wells on June 24, 2009 at 18:21
Well JJ

There's your song and at the lake I did some myself - felt like I was 10

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Comment by Scott King on June 14, 2009 at 17:51
Well, I was going to surprise you by loading the song up. But out of all the albums he has (and hundreds of songs) on iTunes, Whittler ain't there. I didn't know if I was going to be able to load the song anyway :)
Its the thought that counts, isn't it?

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