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SHOTGUN SLADE (W. Smith / Ralph Stanley) Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys - 1971 Rambler's Choice - 1998 Pa said, "Son, this land is yours" Was his last words, I heard "I'm here to say I'll die today On a strength of my Pa's words" Our leader stepped down to face him Said, "Son, we mean no harm We came today to cut a right-of-way For the railroad through your farm" "Pa said there'd be many like you Who'll try to steal my land Not to beckon it, but to call each bluff With a shotgun in my hand" "So, take your crew and leave here" He then warned, the young lad said The leader laughed and went on to work And he shot our leader dead Shotgun, that's what they called him He was only seventeen But Shotgun Slade with a gun in his hand Was the meanest man I've seen No-one else even raised a tune Instead we all turned tale The Sheriff didn't even bother To put Shotgun in jail The land ain't deeds and records They searched all day till night They all agreed to let him be To Shotgun Slade goodbye So today way out in Texas There's a road that's still unmade There's never been a choo-choo train Cross the land of Shotgun Slade Shotgun, that's what they called him He was only seventeen But Shotgun Slade with a gun in his hand Was the meanest man I've seen Shotgun, Shotgun But Shotgun Slade with a gun in his hand Was the meaniest man I've seen But Shotgun Slade with his gun in his hand Was the meanest man I've seen But Shotgun Slade with the gun in his hand Was the meanest man I've seen (Transcribed by Monique Adriaansen & Mel Priddle - July 2006)

    


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