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LYNCHIN' PARTY (Harlan Howard) Bobby Bare - 1960 The lynch mob gathered in the square across from the jail Young Billy watched them from his cell and felt his courage fail Bill swore he wasn't guilty, but the evidence was plain Tomorrow he would go on trial for killing Mary Jane They shouted beat the prisoner hearty We're gonna have a lynchin' party Gonna hang him high, watch him die for killing Mary Jane The mob is closer to the jail, excitement all around The deputies kept moving back, afraid to hold their ground Then a young girl cried, "You cowards!", but the lynch mob surged ahead Dragged young Billy from that jail and soon the kid was dead They shouted beat the prisoner hearty We're gonna have a lynchin' party Gonna hang him high, watch him die for killing Mary Jane The weeks went by and no one spoke about it anymore Or seemed to see the wreath Bill's mother hung upon the door Then one night they dragged a ragged hobo from a train And he confessed he was the one who killed young Mary Jane They shouted beat the prisoner hearty We're gonna have a lynchin' party Gonna hang him high, watch him die for killing Mary Jane Gonna hang him high, watch him die for killing Mary Jane Gonna hang him high ............. FADE (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - July 2013)

    





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