It wasn't me that started that old crazy Asian war
But I was proud to go and do my patriotic chores
I know Ruby, that I'm not the man I used to be
But Ruby, I still need your company.
It's hard to love a man whose legs are bent and paralized
And the wants and the needs of a woman your age Ruby I realize
But I've heard them say it won't be long until I'm not around
Oh Ruby, don't take your love to town.
She's leaving now for I just heard the slammin' of the door
The way I know I've heard it slam a hundred times before
If I could move I'd get my gun and put her in the ground
Oh Ruby, don't take your love to town...