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    The Coral / Lyrics

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    "Sheriff John Brown" Lyrics

    The Coral

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    Sheriff John Brown just wandered into town
    Looking for a cripple and a thief
    A black man and a woman and a lonesome guy like me
    Just trying to raise the stakes so we can be free
    The dustballs were blowing the sun it cracked the ground
    Where could a crime like this ever be found
    Good people of the town said to sheriff John Brown
    Go and shoot those invalids right down
    I said Sheriff no don't you be cruel it could happen to you now

    What exactly have they done said sheriff John Brown
    For me to shoot those poor old bastards down
    Then outstepped the preacher with his hand upon his heart
    Can't you see that I've been chosen by god
    And I tell you this for nothing
    That crowd ain't no good
    They're standing out just like a sore thumb
    But yes I do agree said the lawyer on the left
    I'd kill them now if it were up to me

    But I said sheriff don't be cruel it could happen to you now

    Out into the wilderness the sheriff he did ride
    Heading for the river bridge the laws you must abide
    Two hours became three, I knew he would come for me
    The day grew long and I began to tire
    John Brown's face appeared from behind the fire
    Boys and girls whatcho doing gonna be so free
    The people of the town talk dissapprovingly
    Don't want to take you in, thats not up to me

    I said sheriff don't be cruel it could happen to you now

    But guilt and doubt they cloud his mind
    He thought what exactly is the law
    He didn't even know what it stood for
    And who pays the cost for all that is lost
    Seems to me an impossibility
    And who says whats right and who says whats wrong
    Who benefits it sure ain't me
    And outstepped the woman saying we mean you no harm
    Come closer and I will read your palm

    But I said sheriff no don't you be cruel it could happen to you now

    That night he left a long road came back without a rest
    Knowingly he questionned ??? lawyer on the left
    Bet you've gone and set them sinners free
    Well yes replied the sheriff they done nothing wrong
    My god why can't you people see
    And the preacher shot him down and his head it hit the ground
    The last you'll ever see of poor John Brown

    And the moral of this tale it is simple it is plain
    People always need someone to blame

    But I said sheriff no don't you be cruel it could happen to you now
    But I said sheriff no don't you be cruel it could happen to you now
    This song was last modified on November 28th, 2016.
    Copyright with Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC.
    Written by James Skelly.
    Lyrics licensed by LyricFind.

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