The Girl Turned Ripe Lyrics

by Merle Haggard

Well, the girl turned ripe and the pickers came today
Had an uncle who was farmin' down in Tennessee
And I stopped by to see him there brought this friend with me
He had a daughter seventeen whose name was Clementine

And sure enough they fell in love her and this friend of mine
He said,"The girl turned ripe and the pickers came today"
He said,"There ain't no need in me beggin' her to stay"
Ol' uncle Dave just shook his head and turned away

He said,"The girl turned ripe and the pickers came today"
Fell in love with a gal that made her home in Louisian'
And her daddy was a hard and strict but very humble man
And he shook me up that day I went to ask him for her hand

But I felt better when I heard them same old words again
Well, the girl turned ripe and the pickers came today
Said,"There ain't no need in me beggin' her to stay"
He just shook his head and slowly walked away

He said,"The girl turned ripe and the pickers came today"
Now me and this gal from Louisian' we got a family
We got a little doll with big brown eyes that we call Charmarie
And there's a great long line of pickers waitin' to talk to me

About the sweet little gal of mine that we call Charmarie
Well, I said,"The girl turned ripe and the pickers came today"
I said,"The girl turned ripe and the pickers came today"