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Watson Family Tragedy (Live)

from Live at Dan's by Hares on the Mountain

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Everyone remembers
Every soul in this town
the day the old Watson place
burned down to the ground

Little Jimmy Watson
thought he would have a lark
Scare his sister when she went to bed
from the closet in the dark

But he saw more than he reckoned for
when his father quietly crept in
And Jimmy’s sister began to struggle
as her daddy exposed her skin

Jim burst from the closet angrily
rage like a mummy wrapped round his bones
and his father cursed him mightily
and knocked him to the floor

It’s something we all gotta learn
Everybody’s gotta burn
Some forever
Some wait in turns
Everybody's gotta burn

In the scuffle a lantern fell
and caught the bed afire
it soon consumed the three of them
and then crept up even higher

The blaze found momma Watson fast asleep
knocked out by the smoke
Before the fire had taken them both
their lungs had blackened and choked

The fire spread from the old farmhouse
and caught the parched grass alight
and not a living thing made it out alive
by the morning’s raging light


The townspeople came to see what they could do
gathered at the burning home
We all looked aghast at the Watson girl
meat hanging from her bones

She related this woeful tale
with her final bloody words
We knew what she said was the honest truth
the most honest thing we’ve heard



from Live at Dan's, released March 23, 2020


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