The Songs He Sang
Badman Ballad: Lyrics
Also released as Badman's Blunder
As performed by Cisco Houston
Cisco Houston & Lee HaysAppears on:
Early one evening I was rollin' around I was feelin' kind of mean I shot a deputy down Strolled along home and I went to bed I laid me pistol up under my head He strolled on home (I took my time) And he went to bed (Thought I'd sleep some) Laid his pistol (Big forty-four) Up under his head (I keep it handy) Early in the morning at the break of day I figured it was time to make a getaway I was steppin' right along but I was steppin' too slow Got surrounded by a sheriff down in Mexico He was steppin' right along (I was hot-footin' it) but he was steppin' too slow (It was a hot day) Got surrounded by a sheriff (Boxed in) In Mexico (I didn't even have a chance to see the country) When I was arrested, I didn't have a dime The sheriff said, "Son, you're ridin' free this time Where you're goin' you won't need a cent 'cause the great state of Texas gonna pay your rent" 'Cause where you're goin' (I think he means jail) You won't need a cent (Well, he knows I'm broke) 'Cause the great state of Texas (Um-hmmm!) Is gonna pay your rent (I'm mighty grateful) Well, I didn't have a key and I didn't have a file Natur'lly I stayed around until my trial The judge was an old man -- ninety-three and I didn't like the way the jury looked at me The judge was an old man (Too old) Ninety-three (Entirely too old) I didn't like the way the jury looked at me (I think they were suspicious) The judge and the jury, they did agree They all said murder in the first degree The judge said: "I don't know whether to hang you or not, but this-here killing of deputy sheriffs has just naturally got to stop!" (You've got a point there, judge!) It was a most unsatisfactory trial They gave me ninety-nine years on the hard rock pile Ninety and nine on the hard rock ground All I ever did was shoot a deputy down Ninety and nine (It could have been life) On the hard rock ground (They might-a hung me) And all he ever did was shoot a deputy down (This whole thing has sure been a lesson to me)
See Here for a description of The Kingston Trio's "Bad Man Blunder".