I Hung My Head
Sting
Early one morning
With time to kill
I borrowed Jeb's rifle
And sat on the hill
I saw a lone rider
Crossing the plain
I drew a bead on him
To practice my aim
My brother's rifle
Went off in my hand
A shot rang out
Across the land
The horse he kept running
The rider was dead
I hung my head I hung my head

I set off running
To wake from the dream
My brother's rifle
Went into the stream
I kept on running
Into the salt lands
And that's where they found me
My head in my hands
The sheriff he asked me
Why had I run
Then it came to me
Just what I had done
And all for no reason
Just one piece of lead
I hung my head I hung my head

Here in the courthouse
The whole town is there
I see the judge
High up in his chair
"Explain to the courtroom
What went through your mind
And we'll ask the jury
What verdict they find"
I said "I felt the power
Of death over life
I orphaned his children
I widowed his wife
I beg their forgiveness
I wish I was dead"
I hung my head I hung my head

Early one morning
With time to kill
I see the gallows
Up on the hill
And out in the distance
A trick of the brain
I see a lone rider
Crossing the plain
He's come to fetch me
To see what they done
We'll ride together
'Til kingdom come
I pray for God's mercy
For soon I'll be dead
I hung my head I hung my head

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