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BLOOD'S THICKER THAN WATER (Wayne P. Walker / Danny Dill) Hank Williams Jr. - 1965 Death bells are ringin' in Wichita town Two brothers will meet when the sun's goin' down "Blood's thicker than water", a poor mother cries Which son will live which son will die Jimmy Laredo a man with a dream Sent his young brother Johnny to old Abilene To bring back his true love, by name Katy Lee The girl he intended his bride to be The trip was a long one, they both came to know That sometimes from friendship a sweet love will grow He's bringin' her back in a new weddin' gown And there'll be a showdown in Wichita town Jimmy's not worried, his six gun's tied down And no one outdraws him in Wichita town But can he do it, can he kill his kin "Blood's thicker than water", his Ma cries again The stage made it's stop at the Last Chance Saloon The crowd all stepped back to give both brothers room Young Johnny stepped down, there was fear in his eyes But for love of Katy he'd gladly die They still tell the story to this very day How their Ma jumped between them when Jim made his play She cried out in anguish, "Oh, sons, are you blind? If you must take a life, oh Lord, let it be mine" Death bells are ringin' in Wichita town They mourn for a mother whose sons shot her down And there in the Wichita street where she lay Blood's thicker than water her smile seemed to say (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - August 2012)


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