The Hanging Of Hattie Ledoux

by Angry Johnny And The Killbillies



released October 8, 2014


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Angry Johnny And The Killbillies Easthampton, Massachusetts

Angry Johnny’s been hollering about the Devil and God, love and death and betrayal and booze and sin for over three decades. First with the Snots, then the Millrats, then the Craptones, on his own, and finally since 91 the Killbillies. Painted a bunch of paintings along the way too. ... more

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Track Name: King's Highway
King’s Highway
©Angry Johnny And The Killbillies-Bonesaw lullaby BMI

I killed JC down in Chesterfield
And now they’re cooking my last meal
He had it coming I still contend
But we know how this story ends

It happened up on King’s Highway
It was a cold dark winter Saturday
I took him out into the trees
I put that bastard on his knees

I said why’d you do the things you did
God damn it she was just a kid
He laughed and said she was a dear
I slit his throat from ear to ear

His laughing stopped his body fell
He gurgled like an artesian well
I beat him till my knuckles broke
I beat him till his face was gone

When they found me I was drenched with blood
Then they found his body in the mud
They said what was it you were thinking son
I said I did what you all should’ve done

So here we are my final hour
Damned by fools and judged by cowards
I’ve made peace with my sweet Lord
The rest of you are on your own
Track Name: Come Out Come Out
Come Out Come Out
©Angry Johnny And The Killbillies-Bonesaw Lullaby BMI

Come out come out wherever you may be
I swear I left you buried by this maple tree
But now there’s just a hole
In the earth where you used to lay
You’re up and walking round somewhere
When you should be asleep under the clay

Come out come out and show your pretty face
I know that there is evil in this place
I know that you are dead because I killed you
with my very own two hands
But now you’re walking round and for the life of me
I do not understand

Come out come out my darling I await
My one true love in life up until it turned to hate
You left me not a choice when you took young
Andy Monson in your bed
I choked you with my fingers and I shot that little
pecker in the head

I see that he still lies here in the hole
Your body may have risen but the devil kept your soul
Show your face and I will send you back to Hell
my darlin if indeed I can
And this time I’ll go with you to make sure that you
will not come back again
Track Name: Gotta Find A Reason
©Angry Johnny And The Killbillies-Bonesaw Lullaby BMI

I gotta find a reason
I gotta find a reason
I gotta find a reason to live
I gotta find a reason ’cause I ain’t got no reason
I gotta find a reason to live

They took my wife and baby
They took my wife and baby
They took my wife and baby from me
Now I ain’t got no reason no I ain’t got no reason
No I ain’t got no reason to live

I asked the Lord to help me
I asked the Lord to help me
and Jesus told I should forgive
But Jesus is mistaken my family they were taken
Now I ain’t got no reason to live

yeah I gotta find a reason
I gotta find a reason
I gotta find a reason to live
I’m gonna shoot ‘em down gonna put them in the ground
Lord help me but I just cannot forgive

My reason it is vengeance
My reason it is vengeance
Gonna put a couple bad man in they’re grave
Then they can pray to Jesus perhaps they’ll be forgiven
Perhaps their evil souls will be saved

So tell them death is coming
Yes tell them death is coming
Tell them that death is coming their way
So the can start a’running go tell them death is coming go tell them death is coming today
Track Name: The Hanging Of Hattie Ledoux
It was a cold dark afternoon
In October 1692
When the hanged pretty young Hattie Ledoux
For the crime of witchcraft down by the Manhan river

She pleaded with them please do not
Commit this deed for she was not
She was not what they all thought
But if they follow this through not one of them would be forgiven

The rope snapped tight and she was dead
The whole town felt that awful dread
That night she came into their beds
And all night long they feared and shivered

Nothing grew when spring came round
As if she’d cursed the very ground
Where they had laid her body down
And no salmon came back up the river

The beasts and fowl left the woods
Only the owls understood
Their sound at night was deafening
As they called out for sweet young Hattie Ledoux

Their sheep and cattle starved and fell
Their hens laid eggs with broken shells
And poison seeped into their wells
And they could hear young Hattie whisper

Then one by one their children died
Of a fever burning deep inside
They held their babies and they cried
Oh Lord what have we done

And then the reaper called them all
And there were none left by the fall
A year since Hattie Ledoux had hanged
Only the gravestones now remained

They say that you can go there still
And hear the owls in the hills
Listen on a winter night
As they call out Hattie’s name
Track Name: Cold Of Hate
I christened this ship with a bottle of your blood
Set fire to your coffin and sent you on your way
Watched the tide carry you off as I stood there in the mud
I prayed to the devil take you far away

But you returned before the dawn next morning
I could hear you're evil moaning in the trees
Just like the seers bones showed in the warning
Forevermore your spirit will be haunting taunting me

I burned you down to ashes in the fire
I cut your heart out threw it down the well
Still I hear you singing like the devil's choir
Boiling up like oil bubbling up from from Hell

I gave you all you asked for all for nothing
You tortured me with all your evil games
Till love turned into seething burning loathing
Till nothing but the cold of hate remained

I've come to know you're nothing but pure evil
An evil that no man could ever tame
There's nothing left for me now but to join you
Forever I will suffer in my weak and sinful shame
Track Name: Before The Darkness
©Angry Johnny And The Killbillies-Bonesaw Lullaby BMI

I was cut real bad cut to the quick
I was leaking blood I was feeling sick
And I was thinking
Oh I was thinking About you

I sat down there by that mountain stream
Closed my eyes and I began to dream
I was dreaming
Oh I was dreaming about you

His lifeless corpse lay there next to me
His dead eyes stared up in the sky
Now he would never
Oh he would never hurt you again

I wish to God that I could touch your face
Feel your skin taste your lips again
One last time before the darkness
Falls on me
Track Name: Damnation
©Angry Johnny And The Killbillies-Bonesaw Lullaby BMI

Why don’t you outsiders just leave us alone
You are not welcome here in our sweet mountain home
We do not need your money or your evil machines
Do not need your gods or your Satan

The filth of your cities the stench of your greed
Are not wanted here and we do not need
Your chrome and your steel your bright shiny lies
We’ll not kneel down to your religion

So heed what I say do not tempt the fates
This valley is ours on;y death does await
The fool who ignores this warning I give
Only thing for you here is damnation
Track Name: I Loved That Girl
I Loved That Girl
©Angry Johnny And The Killbillies-Bonesaw Lullaby BMI

I loved that girl but you know she had it coming
‘cause she was always runnin’, runnin’ round on me
I laid her down in a meadow by the river
I told her I forgive her I told her she was free

We had made plans yes we had planned to marry
But now that plan is buried no more to see the day
And all the men who took her for their lover
They’d better run for cover ‘cause now it’s time to pay

I loved that girl like I have loved no other
She was to be the mother of my daughters and my sons
That never were not now and never will be
forever she will still be in my life the only one

Her pretty face forever it will haunt me
Her memory will taunt me I smell her in the air
My heart it aches but there’s nothing to be done now
There’s nowhere I can run now her ghost is everywhere

I dug a hole a hole for her to lie dead in
After I smashed her head in soon the devil come for me
Track Name: Sweet Taste Of Death
Sweet Taste Of Death
©Angry Johnny And The Killbillies-Bonesaw Lullaby BMI

No time to change my ways are set
I’ve learned to live with life’s regrets
No time to go back and start again
Take a good look it’s all you get

I’ll never be what might’ve been
I lost it all way back there when
I’ve no desire to make amends
Now I’m just waiting on the bitter end

Take me away please take me home
To Heaven Or to Hell or the unknown
This bitter aftertaste is all that’s left
Don’t wanna stay wash it away with that everlasting sweet sweet taste of death

I tried my best I did my time
I searched forever for the peace I thought I’d find
I spend my days now looking behind
In the end nothing was ever really mine

So lay me down put me to sleep
When you bury me make sure you make it deep
Please shed no tears please do not weep
Forgive the promises that I will never keep
Track Name: November
©Angry And The Killbillies-Bonesaw Lullaby BMI

I killed you I remember it was a cold day in November
I held you underneath that running stream
For mercy you were pleading
But my broken heart was bleeding
No one but I was there to hear your screams

And I watched you drift away With the rapids on that day
Your body dancing like little doll
You paid the price for lying
But I'm the one that's left here crying
Left behind remembering it all

You said your love was true and I put my faith in you
You took my heart and crushed it in your hand
But soon you stopped your gloating
Then you were barely floating
Forever you will sleep…in the bottom sands

The bullheads and the suckers they've robbed you of your luster
The minnows nibbled 'way your pretty skin
Your paper bones were scattered
Until they did not matter
There's nothing but the memory of your sin

The river runs it's seasons erodes away the reasons
I sit beside the water and remember
I almost hear you singing
Or are my ears just ringing
From your screams so long ago….that cold day in November
Track Name: Sweet Mary
©Angry Johnny And The Killbillies-Bonesaw Lullaby BMI

For the love of sweet Mary I wished
But her heart chose another man
Now the two lie together just food for the fish
In the shadow of the Nonotuck dam

I wanted her all for my own
But fate had made other plans
Now she’s weighted with stone and I’m all alone
I’ll never see sweet Mary again

Sweet Mary I knew since we were just ten
I loved her from the very first day
We were never apart that girl owned my heart
I remember how we used to play

When we were nineteen my whole world came crashing
Sweet Mary she told me goodbye
Her heart now belonged to a man much more dashing
More handsome and richer than I

Sweet Mary was happy as I’d ever seen her
She glowed when she walked down the avenue
As for me I had never felt darker or meaner
I drank every night with the tavern crew

They were the talk of the town she was the bell of the ball
They made nightmares of all of my dreams my dreams
Then I saw them one night down at Indian Falls
And the rapids drowned out Mary’s screams

With rope I did bind them and weight them with stone
I sank them beneath the old dam
I had wanted sweet Mary all for my own
But fate had made other plans

And people did wonder what happened to them
Perhaps they ran off and were wed
Sometimes I buy a bottle and sit on the dam
And drink to my dear sweet dead Mary

For the love of sweet Mary I wished......
Track Name: My Time Is Coming
My Time Is Coming
©Angry Johnny And The Killbillies- Bonesaw Lullaby BMI

My death will not come as a shock
To anyone who knows me
My life past by without event
Like I was never here at all

Most my life I have spent drunk
Saw no point in being sober
Most of it I have spent alone
Now mercifully it’s almost done

It won’t be long
I will be gone
Finally rest this tired mind
It won’t be long
I will be gone
Finally leave it all behind
It won’t be long my time is coming

Burn me to ash and spread me on
The murky waters of the Manhan river
And I will flow out of this town
That never had much use for me

There’ll be no need then to forget
Someone they never did remember
Just let the river take this tired
Drunkards soul and set it free

My life has had no consequence
Never had anything to offer
Though I tried hard, hard to make sense
But life it made no sense to me

My death will not come as a shock
To anyone who knows me
My life past by without event
Like I was never here at all

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