Murder Ballads

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Little Laura Chase went a-walking down the lane
To the deep, dark woods as the dusklight fell, to visit her father's grave
The townsfolk whispered to themselves in vain
She shouldn't be seen on a night like this, or ever be seen again

When the air is heavy with dirt and ditch
In the time of the season of the witch
The hour gets late and your blood gets cold
And the night gets still again
The time I fear; when murder ballads all get put to pen

Big Billy Suggs was asleep in a ditch by the road
A highwayman of some reknown and a viscious one, I'm told
Opened one yellow eye and he saw Miss Laura go
Opened two yellow eyes and his blood ran hot
Although his heart was cold

He followed her down to the woods as the sky went dark
She never raised her head or strayed from her path 'til she reached the old graveyard
Big Billy laughed when her journey reached its mark
The grave of a man and his daughter he'd killed while practicing his art

And he stepped from the wood into the glade
And he walked right up to Miss Laura Chase
And loomed over her as she knelt by the grave
And he said "your time has come, girl"
And he licked his lips and he drew his knife
For to have some fun and take a life
He picked her up and he spun her around and much to his dismay,
Big Billy learned there comes a time the piper must be paid

He stared into a skeletal face and a pair of blood-red eyes
And the rustles and the moans that he heard from the wood made ice of his insides
A legion of Hell had come to claim its prize
And poor Big Billy had come alone, so no one heard his tortured cries

Laura and her father are safe in heaven
Billy's seen his end


from Only Passing Through, released October 23, 2016
Dale Wicks: Vocals and instruments



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