© Silver Fiddle Music, ASCAP
Look out, Mama, there's a white boat comin' up the riverâ€¨
With a big red beacon, and a flag, and a man on the railâ€¨
I think you'd better call John
â€¨Cause it don't look like they're here to deliver the mailâ€¨
And it's less than a mile away
â€¨I hope they didn't come to stay
â€¨It's got numbers on the side and a gunâ€¨
And it's makin' big waves
Daddy's gone, my brother's out hunting in the mountains
Big John's been drinking since the river took Emmy-Louâ€¨
So the Powers That Be left me here to do the thinkin'
And I just turned twenty-two
â€¨I was wonderin' what to doâ€¨
And the closer they got
The more those feelings grew.
Daddy's rifle in my hand felt reassurin'
He told me, Red means run, son, numbers add up to nothin'â€¨
But when the first shot hit the docks I saw it comin'â€¨
Raised my rifle to my eyeâ€¨
Never stopped to wonder why
Then I saw black
And my face splashed in the sky
Shelter me from the powder and the fingerâ€¨
Cover me with the thought that pulled the trigger
â€¨Think of me as one you'd never figuredâ€¨
Would fade away so youngâ€¨
With so much left undoneâ€¨
Remember me to my love
I know I'll miss her
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