you've painted up your lips an rolled and curled your tinted hair
Ruby are you contemplating going out somewhere?
the shadow on the wall tells me the sun is going down
oh Ruby ...
don't take your love to town

it's hard to love a man whose legs are bent and paralysed
and the wants and the needs of a woman your age : Ruby I realize
but it won't be long I've heard them say until I not around
oh Ruby ...
don't take your love to town

it wasn't me that started that old crazy asian war
but I was proud to go and do my patriotic chore
and yes it's true that I'm not the man I used to be ...
oh Ruby ...
I still need some company

she's leavin' now 'cause I heard the slammin' of the door
the way I know I've heard it slam one hundred times before
and if I could move I'd get my gun and put her in the ground
oh Ruby ...
for God's sake turn around

                                                     mel tillis