The Ballad of John Healey

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John Healey was a desperate little man
He carried his gun everyday
He shot a man when he looked him in the eye
He shot him and he shot him dead
Shot him and he shot him dead

See John Healey start a runnin'
Made it 'bout twenty miles away
Up stepped a man, took him by the arm
Sayin' Johnny come and go with me,
Johnny come and go with me

So he sent for his darlin' mother to come
Sent for her to come and pay his bail
But there ain't no bail for a murderin' man
They threw John Healey in jail
They threw John Healey in jail

They hung him by his head
With tears a rollin' down his cheeks
There ain't no care for a murderin' man
His mother couldn't help but weep
His mother couldn't help but weep

Now all you people take a warnin'
From this here song and learn
There's a Johnny in me, and a Johnny in you
I didn't feel glad to watch him hang
I didn't feel glad to watch him hang

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from Baby Don't Lay Lonesome, released June 9, 2017

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