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Thread #60891 Message #4162948
Posted By: Felipa
19-Jan-23 - 09:01 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Steve Earle death row song
Subject: Lyr Add: Over Yonder by Steve Earle
Subject: RE: Songs about capital punishment.
From: Brian Peters - PM
Date: 19 Jan 23 - 07:49 AM
As a guest called 'cittern' mentioned twenty years ago, Steve Earle has long been a vocal opponent of the death penalty and has spent time with Death Row prisoners. To 'Ellis Unit One', mentioned previously, you can add 'Over Yonder'
OVER YONDER (Jonathan's Song)
The warden said he'd mail my letter
The chaplain's waitin' by the door
Tonight we'll cross the yard together
Then they can't hurt me anymore.
I am going over yonder
Where no ghost can follow me
There's another place beyond here
Where I'll be free I believe.
Give my radio to Johnson
Thibodeaux can have my fan
Send my Bible home to Mama
Call her every now and then.
I suppose I got it comin'
I can't ever pay enough
All my rippin' and a runnin'
I hurt everyone I loved.
The world'll turn around without me
The sun'll come up in the east
Shinin' down on all of them that hate me
I hope my goin' brings 'em peace.
You can read Steve's account of the background to the song here:
Death in Texas https://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2001/jan/22/features11.g2