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Gotta Sell Them Chickens Song Lyrics and Chords

Hank Thompson

 

Gotta Sell Them Chickens Song Lyrics and Chords by Hank Thompson

 

Gotta Sell Them Chickens
Recorded by Hank Thompson and Junior Brown
Written Hank Thompson
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Well my pappy told me as I was sittin’ on his knee
 
About the birds and the bees and  
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such
You can do right proud in a college crowd
 
But you ain’t gonna learn that  
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much
Get your degree in the ABC’s
 
And dig out the cold hard  
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facts
 
You’ve got to sell them chickens  
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before they die
 
And the  
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eggs before they  
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hatch
Now I was told at the Super Bowl
 
When the crowd let out a  
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roar
A big ‘ole back with a ball and jack
 
And went on in to  
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score
The coach recalled when he spiked the ball
 
Said forget the old cotton  
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patch
 
I wanna sell them chickens  
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before they die
 
And the  
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eggs before they  
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hatch
Old slugger’s ball was a-headin’ to the wall
 
With what looked like a home run  
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clout
But the fielder’s glove went high above
 
And caught it for the final  
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out
On the sporting page he was all the rage
 
When they asked him how he made that  
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catch
 
Well I sold them chickens  
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before they died
 
And the  
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eggs before they  
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hatch
Now the boxing king climbed into the ring
 
To fight for the title  
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bout
But a right to the jaw was all he saw
 
As the ref was a countin’ him  
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out
The manager said as he shook his head
 
Son you done lost this  
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match
 
You gotta sell them chickens  
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before they die
 
And the  
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eggs before they  
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hatch
Now a friend I know searched high and low
 
For the secrets to  
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success
And he didn’t stop ’til he got to the top
 
Of old Mt. Ever
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est
An old guru told him all he knew
 
As he thumbed through his arti
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facts
 
You gotta sell them chickens  
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before they die
 
And the  
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eggs before they  
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hatch
Now the moral here should be clear
 
And it’s one I’d like to  
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share
Just be yourself like nobody else
 
And you might become a million
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aire
Your reply when they wonder why
 
How’d you make all that  
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scratch
 
Well you sold them chickens  
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before they died
 
And the  
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eggs before they  
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hatch
Yeah want to know how you made that dough
 
Just tell them how to make a  
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batch
 
Just sell them chickens  
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before they die
 
And the  
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eggs before they  
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hatch

 

FAQ

 

Who sang the the song Gotta Sell Them Chickens?
– The song Gotta Sell Them Chickens was sang by Hank Thompson.

 

Who is Hank Thompson?
– Henry William Thompson (September 3, 1925 – November 6, 2007) was an American country music singer-songwriter and musician whose career spanned seven decades.
Thompson’s musical style, characterized as honky-tonk Western swing, was a mixture of fiddles, electric guitar, and steel guitar that featured his distinctive, smooth baritone vocals.
His backing band, The Brazos Valley Boys, was voted the top Country Western Band for 14 years in a row by Billboard. Thompson pursued a “light” version of the Western swing sound that Bob Wills and others played the primary difference between his music and that of Bob Wills was that Thompson, who used the swing beat and instrumentation to enhance his vocals, discouraged the intense instrumental soloing from his musicians that Wills encouraged however, the “Hank Thompson sound” exceeded Bob Wills in top-40 country hits.
Although not as prominent on the top country charts in later decades, Thompson remained a recording artist and concert draw well into his 80s.
The 2013 game Grand Theft Auto V featured his song “It Don’t Hurt Anymore” in the fictional radio show, Rebel Radio.
The 1987 novel Crazy Heart by Thomas Cobb was inspired by Thompson’s life, specifically by his practice of picking up a local band to back him when he toured. In 2009, Cobb’s novel was turned into a successful film directed by Scott Cooper and starring Jeff Bridges in an Academy Award-winning performance.