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Melva’s Wine

by Vince Matthews & Jim Casey of Cheatham County From the album "The Kingston Springs Suite"

Recorded by Johnny Cash in 1972 on the Album "A Thing Called Love" Every year about this time My wife Melva made some wine Every year about this time The air is sweet as Melva’s wine

And I sip her wine and I listen to the robin sings And the river runs through Kingston Springs

Every year about this time A few old friends come up to walk Every year about this time A few old friends stop by to talk And we talk about the crops and weather and things And the young folks here in Kingston Springs I got the brother up Chicago way He wants me to visit him someday and I may sometimes But not as long as the robin sings And the river runs through Kingston Springs

It was last year about this time Melva made her last batch of wine It was last year about this time She left for me her warm sweet wine She could sing as sweet as robins sing Above her grape in Kingston Springs ‘Cause it was last year about this time That Melva made this glass of wine

I got the brother up Chicago way He wants me to visit him someday and I may sometimes But not as long as the robin sings

And the river runs through Kingston Springs ‘Cause that was last year about this time That Melva made this glass of wine

Johnny Cash Photo courtesy of Sumner County Tourism

Chittlin’ Cookin’ Time In Cheatham County

by Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith

Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith made his solo de- but as a fiddler on the Grand Ole Opry on December 23, 1927, and later became a member of the Opry. The Arthur Smith Trio recorded "'Chittlin' Cookin' Time in Cheatham County" on Monday, February 17, 1936 in Charlotte NC. The song takes the melody from "St James Infirmary," a jazz standard. Eclectic Americana artist Pokey LaFarge recently recorded "'Chittlin' Cookin' Time in Cheatham County" on 7" vinyl. Chitterlings, or Chitlin's, is an economical dish, usually made from the small intes- tines of a pig, although the intestines of cattle and other animals are sometimes so named when used as a foodstuff.

There’s a quiet and peaceful county in the state of Tennessee You will find it in the book they call Geography Not famous for its farming its minin’ or its stills But they know there’s chittlin’ cookin’ in them Cheatham County hills

When it’s chittlin’ cookin’ time in Cheatham County I’ll be courtin’ in them Cheatham County hills And I’ll pick a Cheatham County chittlin’ cooker I’ve a longin’ that the chittlin’s will fill

There’s an art in chittlin’ cookin’ and all good chittlin cooks They must master it by practice cause it ain’t reknowned in books

In the hills of Cheatham County in sunny Tennessee When chittlin’s are in season is where I long to be

Of all good things put be for me I think chittlin’s are the best And when I press that dying pillow Let chittlin’s by my last request

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