Steve Earle, The Del McCoury Band Taneytown cover

Taneytown
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Verse 1
I went down to Taneytown
I went down to Taneytown
To see what I could see
My mama told me never go
But I'm almost 22 years old
Sometimes I fear this holler swollow me
She ran off to Gettysburg
Went off with that new beau of hers
I snuck off after dark
Long way down the county road
Stars were bright
The moon was low
Down to where the black top highway starts
Verse 2
I went down to Taneytown
I went down to Taneytown
I went down to see what I could see
Verse 3
I could see everybody stared at me
You'd think that they ain't never seen
A colored boy before
They chunked at me at me
Called me names
They'd have whipped me sure but the sheriff came
I slipped off through the dry goods store
I ran down Division Street
Some of them boys followed me
Down to the railroad track
Four of them and I cain't fight
But I had my old Randall knife
I cut that boy and I never did look back
Verse 4
I went down to Taneytown
I went down to Taneytown
I went down to see what I could see
Verse 5
Cross the fields and woods I run
Like a bullet from a rabbit gun
Back home to my bed
Ma came in from Gettysburg
Her and that new beau of hers
"Boy you look like hell"; was all she said
Verse 6
Month went by without a word
Somebody down the holler heard
About that boy they hung
He begged those men to spare his life
But I dropped my bloody Randall knife
He picked it up so they thought he was the one
Verse 7
I went down to Taneytown
I went down to Taneytown
I ain't goin' back there anymore

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