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Song about a man ( maybe Indian man I believe) that begged for quarters. He was teased with dollar bills but he wouldn't take them This kept the quarters coming. I know its a oldie but I really want to know name and artist. Thanks so much

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The song is "Luther" and it's about an old black man the locals poke fun at by holding a shiny quarter and dirty dollar bill and ask him which one will it be old man, which one will you take?
The singer hated to see the old man get picked on, but when the "tuffs" had left the old man winked and said if he ever took the dollar...the money would stop....died with a fortune in quarters.

The singer Boxcar Willie had the biggest hit with this song though some other folks recorded it including Porter Wagoner.
On YouTube:  http://youtu.be/aNnE9BEktjo

Here are the lyrics:
Luther

I can still remember The first time I saw him Silver-haired old man Even then

But we hit it off together And fished old Paynee River Through the years I'm proud to say Luther was my friend

They all called him crazy Said his mind was simple They even talked of puttin' him away

But he wouldn't hurt nobody And I hated all the town folk The way they treated Luther And the game they used to play

They said, "Luther here's a dollar Luther here's a quarter Take either one you want, old man Which one will it be"

Then they'd all hoop and holler And he never took the dollar He'd take the shiny quarter Smile and walk away

I watched him growin' older And I finally gave up countin' The times they made him play That awful game

Till one day he lay a-dyin' And I was sittin' by him He said "Boy, before before I go There's somethin' to explain"

"I know you've always wondered Why I just took their quarters And now, son You're old enough to understand"

"But you see, the way I had it figured Was never take that dollar The day you do, boy The money game will end"

They said, "Luther, here's a dollar Luther, here's a quarter Take either one you want, old man Which one will it be"

Then they'd all hoop and holler But he never took the dollar He'd take the shiny quarter Smile and walk away

Now Luther lay a-sleepin' In the ground down by the river Lord knows I miss that old black man

But twenty sacks of quarters And the wisdom of his thinkin' Have made my life much easier Than I had ever planned

Well, I often go to see him And I place a paper dollar And a brand new shiny quarter On his grave

And I feel my body shiver As a cool breeze from the river Blows that paper bill up through the trees And far away

Luther, here's a dollar Luther, here's a quarter Take either one you want, old man Which one will it be

He lived and died in squalor And he still won't take the dollar But there's a pile of quarters Heaped high on Luther's grave

Luther, here's a dollar Luther, here's a quarter Take either one you want, old man Which one will it be

Yes, they'd all hoop and holler And he never took the dollar He'd take the shiny quarter Smile and walk away

Luther, here's a dollar Luther, here's a quarter Take either one you want, old man Which one will it be

Then they'd all hoop and holler And he never took the dollar .....FADE

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Dr. J. M. Allen

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I am a long time fan of Bluegrass and older country/folk music (20-70's) and have a fairly extensive tape and sheet music library of the same and have played the music non-professionally for many years. I can (hopefully) assist with information about artists and lyrics. Please try to make it the older stuff, I don't listen to much "modern" country except George Strait anymore....it ain't got no soul anymore :)

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I grew up in the 60's listening to all the old greats and learned to play the music. I have spent a lot of time reading about the genres and have gotten a chance to meet several of the big names over the years.

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