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Killer verses

Colin Randall 04 Sep 07 - 06:37 AM
kendall 04 Sep 07 - 06:49 AM
GUEST,.gargoyle 04 Sep 07 - 07:06 AM
GUEST,.gargoyle 04 Sep 07 - 07:34 AM
Dave Hanson 04 Sep 07 - 07:56 AM
frogprince 04 Sep 07 - 04:28 PM
Snuffy 04 Sep 07 - 05:57 PM
GUEST,Terry McDonald 04 Sep 07 - 06:01 PM
GUEST,.gargoyle 04 Sep 07 - 06:26 PM
Tootler 04 Sep 07 - 07:30 PM
Songster Bob 04 Sep 07 - 08:03 PM
Joe_F 04 Sep 07 - 08:56 PM
GUEST,Mickey 04 Sep 07 - 09:29 PM
GUEST,282RA 04 Sep 07 - 09:37 PM
Effsee 04 Sep 07 - 09:41 PM
john f weldon 04 Sep 07 - 09:50 PM
john f weldon 04 Sep 07 - 09:59 PM
john f weldon 04 Sep 07 - 10:03 PM
john f weldon 04 Sep 07 - 10:15 PM
Little Hawk 04 Sep 07 - 10:31 PM
kendall 05 Sep 07 - 07:27 AM
brassy sharman 05 Sep 07 - 07:50 AM
Celtaddict 05 Sep 07 - 01:50 PM
kendall 05 Sep 07 - 03:59 PM
TheSnail 05 Sep 07 - 04:18 PM
Uncle Phil 05 Sep 07 - 11:09 PM
GUEST,.gargoyle 06 Sep 07 - 12:57 AM
MystMoonstruck 06 Sep 07 - 01:23 AM
Charley Noble 06 Sep 07 - 10:12 AM
Susanne (skw) 06 Sep 07 - 07:26 PM
Flatpick 06 Sep 07 - 07:38 PM
Joe_F 06 Sep 07 - 08:09 PM
Midchuck 06 Sep 07 - 09:23 PM
michaelr 06 Sep 07 - 10:29 PM
Charley Noble 06 Sep 07 - 10:33 PM
Uncle Phil 06 Sep 07 - 11:24 PM
GUEST,DonMeixner 07 Sep 07 - 12:18 AM
GUEST,.gargoyle 07 Sep 07 - 04:58 AM
GUEST,The black belt caterpillar wrestler 07 Sep 07 - 07:45 AM
GUEST,Young Buchan 07 Sep 07 - 11:14 AM
Big Mick 07 Sep 07 - 11:45 AM
Marje 07 Sep 07 - 03:47 PM
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Bill D 07 Sep 07 - 06:42 PM
Snuffy 08 Sep 07 - 11:40 AM
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Subject: Killer verses
From: Colin Randall
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 06:37 AM

The new Rachel Unthank album The Bairns has what she calls a whole story packed into four lines:

"My lad's a canny lad, he works doon the pit
He never comes to see us unless he wants a bit
I asked him would he marry us, you should have seen him wince
I think I've lost me canny lad, I've never seen him since"   

I remember Tom Paxton long ago feature one single-verse item mocking Spiro Agnew's stupidity, and another poking fun at the advertising industry: "When your loved one has to go/Dial 6-7-3-9-0"

(I probably have the funeral parlour number wrong but you get the idea)

Do any other killer verses spring to mind?


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: kendall
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 06:49 AM

"If you cheat again he'll have to move the flowers" grabs me.


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 07:06 AM

Rooty toot, toot,
Six shot she did shot,
Right through them swingin' doors.
He was her man,
But he done her wrong

Sincerley, Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 07:34 AM

BONNIE AND CLYDE by George Fame

They used to laugh about dyin'

but deep inside them they knew
that pretty soon they'd be lyin'
beneath the ground together.
Pushin' up daisies to welcome the sun and the morning dew.

Acting upon reliable information

a Fed'ral deputation laid a deadly ambush.
when Bonnie and Clyde came walking in the sunshine
a half a dozen carbines opened up on them.
Bonnie and Clyde they lived a lot together
and finally together they died

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 07:56 AM

I'll sing of Spiro Agnew,
And all the things he's done.

Tom Paxton


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: frogprince
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 04:28 PM

Over fifty years ago, I heard Carl Sandburgh sing what he called "The shortest blues song":

      Papa loved Mama; Mama loved men;
      Mama's in the graveyard; Papa's in the pen.

It kinda ticked me off to hear it incorporated as part of a "full length" country song a few years ago.


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: Snuffy
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 05:57 PM

Chambers Caskets - dial Columbia triple-O


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: GUEST,Terry McDonald
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 06:01 PM

'The revolution has begun
So I'll go home and get me gun
And shoot the Duke of Wellington'


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 06:26 PM

Marty Robbins (1959)

One night a wild young cowboy came in
Wild as the West Texas wind
Dashing and daring, a drink he was sharing
With wicked Felina, the girl that I loved

So in anger
I challenged his right for the love of this maiden
Down went his hand for the gun that he wore
My challenge was answered in less than a heartbeat
The handsome young stranger lay dead on the floor

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: Tootler
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 07:30 PM

From the Well below the valley:

"For seven long years I'll be ringing the bell
But the Lord above may save my soul from portin' in Hell
At the well below the valley-o...
"


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: Songster Bob
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 08:03 PM

Well, "Killer" verses can "kill" a song, that's for sure. In fact, too many songs have all that's needed in one verse, and the rest is just baggage. It's better to have every verse be of the same importance as the rest of the verses, so, really, "killer" verses can kill a song. For example, "How can I miss you when you won't go away?" tells the whole song, but Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks sang the whole thing anyway.

Then again, some verses do contain the heart of the song, the real crux, the "nut," and the song is much the less if that verse were to be changed. In that vein, here's a verse of a song I've never bothered to learn the rest of, because it's so perfect:

God made man in His own image, and all things were going right.
But it seems that man was doomed to sin and toil.
Eve, she tasted of the apple, begged till Adam took a bite,
And that put the human family to the wall.
Since man was first beguiled, woman's kept on going wild,
Causing him to get all kinds of punishments
We may plainly understand, woman was made after man,
And she's been after man ever since!

(From Blind Alfred Reid, my favorite curmudgeon)


Bob Clayton


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: Joe_F
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 08:56 PM

A captain bold from Halifax, who dwelt in country quarters,
Seduced a maid who hanged herself one Monday in her garters.
His wicked conscience smited him; he lost his stomach daily.
He took to drinking ratafee, and thought upon Miss Bailey.

-- certainly sets the scene with great efficiency.


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: GUEST,Mickey
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 09:29 PM

Following my footsteps
trying to see where they might end.
I'm tryin' to break these blues,
but I can't even get them to bend.

From Midnight in Memphis by nJ J Cale


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: GUEST,282RA
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 09:37 PM

Nooo, I just had to look at another one and now I must spread this cancerous rot far and wide. I'm going down alone. Jan Terri again here demonstrating that white people having no rhythm or moves is not a stereotype. YOU'VE NEVER HEARD VERSES LIKE THIS! Her leading man, just as sleezy as the one before, gets close-ups that make me think of serial killer documentaries for some reason. Towards the end during another totally unwarranted close up, he utters what appears to be "I see programs" followed by "penis!" With halloween around the corner, I figure why not ramp up the creepiness as well as the taudry, campy, cheesy horror right now?

Enjoy


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: Effsee
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 09:41 PM

After a great build up....

"Monys a yin for him maks mane,
but nane sall ken whaur he has gaen,
ower his white banes for evermair,
the wind sall blaw forever mair"

The Twa Corbies...ANON


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: john f weldon
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 09:50 PM

The Ships out on the Ocean
Sail Oer My true love's Breast
His Body's in a slow and gentle motion
I hope his soul's at rest...


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: john f weldon
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 09:59 PM

Though your head it may wrack with a bilious attack
And your senses with toothache you're losing
Don't be mopey and flat, they won't fine you for that
If you're properly quaint and amusing
Though your wife ran away with a soldier that day
And took with her your trifle of money
Bless your heart, they don't mind; they're exceedingly kind...
They won't blame you, so long as you're funny.

A Private Buffoon, WS Gilbert (and Sullivan)


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: john f weldon
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 10:03 PM

The bullet was quick, but I was quicker
Steve hopped out and took it in the ticker
Phoned up Miami, no time to grieve
Ha ha ya missed me... ...hit my brother Steve!


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: john f weldon
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 10:15 PM

We coulda been isotopes, we coulda been cantaloups...
We coulda been hatracks, or dice...
We coulda been semaphores, we coulda been dinosaurs...
We coulda been cough drops or lice...
We coulda been roadmaps, a bucket of mousetraps...
A couple of big shoes, on a bus...
We coulda been dipsticks, or lavender lipsticks....
But happened to be us!

Red Kimono (The Berrymans)


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: Little Hawk
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 10:31 PM

Killer verses? Heck, I just go straight to Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Mary Chapin Carpenter for that. Enough Killer verses to paper over Washington Square. I won't trouble you by quoting any of them.


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: kendall
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 07:27 AM

..but Willy McBride it all happened again, and again, and again and again, and again.....


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: brassy sharman
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 07:50 AM

6 feed of mud, Cyril Tawney


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: Celtaddict
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 01:50 PM

The ways of man are passing strange:
He buys his freedom and he counts his change,
Then he lets the wind his days arrange,
And he calls the tide his master. . .

Gordon Bok, The Ways of Man


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: kendall
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 03:59 PM

I don't mind the wet and cold,
I just don't like the growing old...FUNDY, Gordon Bok. (He was 21 when he wrote that)


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: TheSnail
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 04:18 PM

Not a verse but a chorus -

But I tell these kids a hundred times, don't take the lakes for granted.
They'll go from calm to a hundred knots, so fast they seem enchanted,
But tonight some red eyed Whiarton girl, lies staring at the wall
And her lover's gone into a white squall.

Stan Rogers

I'm a quivering jelly by the ned of the song.


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: Uncle Phil
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 11:09 PM

First time I shot her I shot her in the side,
Hard to watch her suffer,
But with the second shot she died,
Delia's gone, one more round Delia's gone.


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 12:57 AM

Mama don't whup Little Buford
Mama don't pound on his head
Mama Don't Whup Little Buford
I think you should shoot him instead

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: MystMoonstruck
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 01:23 AM

There are numerous variations, but here's one (though not my favorite):
[i]They buried Willie in the old church yard,
And Barbara there anigh him,
And out of his grave grew a red, red rose,
And out of hers, a briar.

They grew and grew in the old churchyard,
Till they couldn't grow no higher,
They lapped and tied in a true love's knot.
The rose ran around the briar.[/i]

~Barbara Allen (of course)


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: Charley Noble
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 10:12 AM

"Country Squall" by Willie P. Bennett:

Baby, if I'd been a gambler,
I'd have turned out a different way;
But lately, everywhere I go,
It's the same highway;
And if I were born some time else
This could be a different day;
Like the rise and fall of a country squall,
Getting' ready to fade away.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 07:26 PM

There are many different ways a man can be killed
All you need is a simple when and where
Just make sure he's born today somewhere on this earth
And do nothing else, my friends, just leave him there, leave him there
He will do the rest himself, just leave him there

('Five Ways To Kill A Man', poem by Edwin Brock, adapted to the tune of 'Ye Jacobites by name' by Iain MacKintosh)


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: Flatpick
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 07:38 PM

"And as through this world you travel you meet lots of funny men,
Some will rob you with a six-gun, and some with a fountain pen"

Pretty Boy Floyd by Woody Guthrie.
I seem to meet the latter type quite often...how about you?


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: Joe_F
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 08:09 PM

Don't need no whiskey, don't need no rum,
Just need you, baby, when the summer come.

*

First time she shot him, he staggered.
Next time she shot him, he fell.
Last time she shot her Johnny,
There was a new man's face in hell.


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: Midchuck
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 09:23 PM

Now these gentlemen were ignorant, or didn't know just where they were.
The deacon's face grew darker as he measured every word:
"You horsehair-braiding sons of bitches
Stole my claim to earthly riches!
Someone go and dig a ditch;
There may well be a hangin'"

Tom Russell, The Sky Above, the Mud Below.

Peter


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: michaelr
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 10:29 PM

Behind the garden shithouse
That's where the sweetest flowers grow
We're all flowers in God's garden
That's why He spreads the shit around


(David Byrne)


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: Charley Noble
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 10:33 PM

From "Wild Bill Jones":

He reeled and he staggered,
And he fell to the ground;
He gave one dying moan;
I threw my arms around my pretty girl's neck sayin',
"Baby, won't you please come home!"

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: Uncle Phil
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 11:24 PM

"I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die"
J.R. Cash, Folsom Prison Blues

"Tonight we ride, you bastards dare,
We'll kill the wild Apache for the bounty on his hair,
Then we'll ride into Durango, climb up the whorehouse stairs,
Tonight we ride, tonight we ride."

Tom Russell, Tonight We Ride


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: GUEST,DonMeixner
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 12:18 AM

First time I heard these lines, Art Thieme sung em!

Don


Hang Me Oh Hang Me and I'll be dead and gone,

Hang me oh hang me and I'll be dead and gone,

I do not mind the dyin',

But the layin' in the grave so long.


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 04:58 AM

Bang bang, she shot me down.
Bang bang, I hit the ground.
Bang bang, that awful sound.
Bang bang, my baby shot me down.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: GUEST,The black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 07:45 AM

The short version of the "Prickle Holly Bush"

Come hangman slack your ..urgk!


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: GUEST,Young Buchan
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 11:14 AM

From the singing of John Stickle, I think:

Twa, twa made the bed.
Twa, twa lay down th'gither.
When the bed began to creak
The ane ha' been abo' the ither.


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: Big Mick
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 11:45 AM

I could do a whole thread of killer lines just from the verses of "The Dutchman".

.......not the kind of man to keep his thumb jammed in the dam that holds the dreams in..

.......sometimes she sees her unborn children in his eyes..

......I used to be a young man, and dear Margaret remembers that for me..

......His cap and coat are patched with love that Margaret sewed there...

......Sometimes he thinks that he's alone and calls her name

......She makes the bed up humming some old love song, She learned it when the tune was very new. She hums a line or two, they hum together, in the night.....



That just might be the most amazing love song ever written, certainly right at the front of the queue.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: Marje
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 03:47 PM

I'll offer two extracts of songs - one old, one modern. First, from Burns:

"Had we never loved sae kindly,
Had we never loved sae blindly,
Never me - or never parted -
We had ne'er been broken-hearted."

And then there's Joni Mitchell's "Little Green" (about giving her baby up for adoption) - I could quote any of it, but the lines that say so much in so few words, for me, are:

"You write him a letter and say 'Her eyes are blue',
He sends back a poem, and she's lost to you"

Marje


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: cptsnapper
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 04:55 PM

His argument proved by the Oberlin River that love to a woman is all.
Oh, he was a master of English balladry but not the Australian crawl.

" Oberlin River " The Limeliters


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: Bill D
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 06:42 PM

after he discovers his 'true love' is up in a room with another man..

"Since it is no better, I'm glad it is no worse,
Brandy in my bottle, and money in my purse."

I've Rambled This Country, Both Erlye and Late


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"Then a big Turkish shell knocked me arse over head
And when I woke up in my hospital bed
And saw what it had done, I wished I was dead
Never knew there were worse things than dying"

The Band Played Waltzing Matilda

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"Noah said, "Lord, it's lookin' mighty dry!
The Lord said, "Noah, see my rainbow in the sky.
Take all your creatures and people the Earth;.....
But be sure you're not more trouble than you're worth.""


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: Snuffy
Date: 08 Sep 07 - 11:40 AM

Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord

I'll go with those three, Bill


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 08 Sep 07 - 02:21 PM

The Selkirk Grace:

Some hae meat and cannae eat
Some would eat that want it
We hae meat and we can eat
So let the Lord be thankit


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: Lucius
Date: 08 Sep 07 - 04:29 PM

Big Mick is spot on about The Dutchman. Michael Smith has the knack. My favorite version is that of Steve Goodman's, who also gave us a the world's most concise blues song:

My baby came to me this morning
She said I'm sort of confused.
If me a B.B. King both were drowning,
Which one would you choose?
and I said Whoa....baby, I said Whoa....baby,
I said Whoa....baby, I ain't never heard you play me no blues.


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: Tim Leaning
Date: 09 Sep 07 - 07:32 AM

You were born in a squat
and yer mums on the game
Yer father she never quite knew
came into this world
for the price of a fix
the very first turn of the screw

By The Twanglers
He he


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: bankley
Date: 09 Sep 07 - 11:45 AM

"He died drunk early one morning, alone in the land he fought to save
Two inches of water in a muddy ditch was a grave for Ira Hayes"

Peter LaFarge


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Subject: RE: Killer verses
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Sep 07 - 11:52 AM

He freely gave to charity, he had the common touch,
And they were grateful for his patronage and thanked him very much,
So my mind was filled with wonder when the evening headlines read:
"Richard Cory went home last night and put a bullet through his head


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