From the album A Simple Man

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Lyrics

AS GOOD AS GOLD
KERRY PATRICK CLARK

Mary worked in the grocery store stocking shelves and moping floors
Her heart was never on the baby-blue tile
She knew that Bobby would come around soon as he finished his paper route
They’d share a soda and a couple of smiles
Their parents agreed only Friday nights a drive-in movie would be alright
As long as they both were home at a decent time

Mary drove in her daddy’s ford this went on two years or more
Out Bobby was leaving for college soon
On their last Friday night alone Mary cried as she took him home
Out he held her hand and said this is for you
From his pocket a package came wrapped in old newspaper and string
He said someday I will buy you a finer ring
CHORUS
This ring may not be gold but it proves my heart is true
I made it out of love and the handle of a spoon
If you’ll marry me that’s all I need to know
For this ring I give to you is as good as gold
This ring I give to you is as good as gold

She wore her grandmother’s wedding gown ring on her finger and traded vows
A promise of love when times get tough
Bobby studied for his degree while Mary worked at the A&P
Raising three children on laughter and love
Oh my Mary I promise you Bobby said we’ll have money soon
I'll buy you a diamond ring to replace that spoon

CHORUS
This ring may not be gold but it proves my heart is true
I made it out of love and the handle of a spoon
If you’ll stand by me my love for you will grow
For this ring I give to you is as good as gold
This ring I give to you is as good as gold
BRIDGE
It was forty years from their wedding day when Mary heard bobby say
You’re more than a newsboy’s wife for all of your sacrifice I give to you
He slowly opened his weathered hand it was beautiful golden band
The tears fell from her head till finally she softly said no this just won’t do
CHORUS For the ring I want is old and it proves your heart is true It’s the one you made with love from the handle of a spoon You know this tarnished thing means more than you could know It’s the ring you gave to me that’s as good as gold The ring you gave to me is as good as gold

© 1994 Kerry Patrick Clark