THE BALLAD OF JESSE JAMES

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lyrics

I was just a boy when they tied me to that tree
They hung my daddy’s brother, left him swinging over me
I went off to get my vengance underneath a flag of red
And that angel on my shoulder she ain’t spoke to me since then.

Well I tried my hand at working, but working’s not for me
So I left my wife and children in the state of misery
I went off to make my living for my daughter and my son
And I found an occupation at the wrong end of a gun.

Lying here looking up at the cracks in the roof
Well I thought you were my friend but I guess I was a fool.
There’s no pain only blood and the smoke from your gun
And I ain’t on the run anymore.

I joined a band of brothers, and those brothers took my name
We were feared across the country as the gang of Jesse James.
Some folks call me a hero but those folks don’t know me well
There’s no place for me in heaven, there’s no peace for me in hell.

Lying here looking up at the cracks in the roof
Well I thought you were my friend but I guess I was a fool.
There’s no pain only blood and the smoke from your gun
And I ain’t on the run anymore.

I thought you were my brother, but now its come to this
You’ll be off to get your silver just like Judas with no kiss
And that angel on my shoulder on my shoulder looked me deeply in the eye
As she turned to face the doorway, I could hear that angel cry.

Lying here looking up at the cracks in the roof
Well I thought you were my friend but I guess I was a fool.
With my Colt 44 lying cold on the floor
Well I ain’t on the run anymore.

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from NORTH COUNTRY GENTLEMEN, released March 11, 2014
Written by Ryan McAllister and Barnaby McRae

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www.northcountrygentlemen.com North Country Gentlemen is the collaboration that began seven years ago with Barnaby McRae, Daniel Huscroft, & Ryan McAllister. Formerly Cowboys & Indians, they’re back with a new name & a new member, JJ Shiplett. Filled with rich, haunting melodies and four-part man harmonies, the new collaboration is a magical blend of grit, poetry, humour, and nostalgia. ... more

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