Honored as “One of the 100 Most Important Books about Nashville’s Music Industry!”
“One Day at a Time”
“The Long Black Veil”
“I Have Returned”
“I Have Returned”
...just a few of the chart-topping hit songs from Marijohn Wilkin, legendary National Songwriter’s Hall of Fame inductee.
Her tunes have been recorded by cross-grain of music’s Who’s Who—from Elvis Presley to Johnny Cash, Mick Jagger, Kenneth Copeland, Shirley Caesar, Stonewall Jackson, the Chieftans and the Oak Ridge Boys.
Her book, Lord, Let Me Leave a Song, tells the unforgettable and inspiring life story of this gifted woman who penned so many tunes of sadness, laughter and hope.
From the tiny north Texas town of Sanger to the stages and airwaves of the world, her saga takes you from the tragic side of success to the happiness and riches of faith.
You will enjoy the memories of Nashville’s “Den Mother” shared candidly by music greats Kris Kristofferson, Buck Wilkin (her son, who hit the top-40 charts with “Little GTO” and “Sandy” as Ronny and the Daytonas), Jessi Colter, Mel Tillis, John D. Loudermilk, Dallas Frazier, Teddy Wilburn and more!
You will read of the challenges, from the death of her first husband during World War II, hard times trying to care for her mother and only child, the magnetic pull of the upside-down world of the Nashville scene, and that dramatic night when she tried to commit suicide.
Originally published in 1978, this book continues to find new fans around the globe.
“An uplifting story…” —Hollywood’s Rhonda Fleming
“…a perceptive insight into the local music industry and a woman’s struggle.” —Nashville Banner
“Intriguing!” —The Singing News
“Superlative job…!” —Charisma Magazine
Quantities of this printing are extremely limited. (159 pages, with numerous photos)
Marijohn with Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson (from the book, Nashville’s Lower Broad: The Street that Music Made by Bill Rouda, Smithsonian Books)