Additional chorus vocals:
Cathy Barton, Caroline Paton, Sandy Paton, Harry Tuft
Lee Ruth has been playing and teaching music in central Missouri for many years, and several players owe some of their first guitar and banjo chords to him, Cathy and I among them. Lee plays guitar with wonderful invention and versatilitv and sings with a warm, honest voice. His album, Happy Hollow Songs (available from Lee at Happy Hollow Farm, Route 1, Box 228A, Jamestown, MO 65046), is full of the loving care and artistry for which his friends know him.
Lee wrote this song for his parents' 50th anniversary in 1988. I rewrote some of the lyrics for my parents' anniversary, but I sing Lee's words here. If you should want to rewrite them for someone you know, I'm sure Lee would think that was great.
They were married on Thanksgiving Day in 1938.
Golden years, golden years,
Hard work and overtime, Mama worked as hard as Dad
From Texas to Alaska, they heard the highway's call.
Well, I bet it's been ten thousand days I've enjoyed their company,