I am my mother’s only son
And you might think that
I regret the things I’ve done
But I can only think of one right now
And you and I both know the reason
Why you’ve turned your gun on me
I’m rarely held in high regard
And most folks don’t seem
To trust me very far
But I can promise you one thing
I would’ve turned my back
And walked away
If she hadn’t worn a ring

Please don’t put your bullets in me
Please don’t bury me
Neath the cold, cold ground
You and I alone will know the truth
Of what went on
You will never see my face
Again in town

Most nights I go to bed alone
And there’s no place on this earth
That I call home
And I’ll admit I have a roving eye
But I’m not the only man who turned
To look when she walked by
I don’t expect to buy much time
But I need to find a way
To change your mind
And to convince you that
I could not know
She wore a ring upon her hand to mark
The vows she had spoken
So I’m begging you…

Please don’t put your bullets in me
Please don’t bury me
Neath the cold, cold ground
You and I alone will know the truth
Of what went on
You will never see my face
Again in town

I swear the whole world must be blind
If I’m the first man to
See murder in your eyes
How fitting now the wind is turning cold
And with my dieing breath
I curse your life
I curse your very soul

Please don’t put your bullets in me
Please don’t bury me
Neath the cold, cold ground
You and I alone will know the truth
Of what went on
You will never see my face
Again in town


I am my mother’s only son
And you might think that
I regret the things I’ve done
But there’s just one thing
I wish I could change
And that’s the day
I met the sheriff’s wife
The day that robbed me of my life
And left me in this
Shallow mountain grave

Please don’t put your bullets in me
Please don’t bury me
Neath the cold, cold ground
You and I alone will know the truth
Of what went on
You will never see my face
Again in town



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    General CommentI believe this one is part of their so-called "Sheriff's Saga," which is loosely based on an experience Ben had with a Sheriff in Massachusetts.
    sugareeon December 30, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationMy wife and I have been disagreeing on whether or not you should trust the narrator of this song.

    She believes the storyteller's tale and thinks it's unfair that the sheriff shot him.

    But I think the storyteller is just trying to talk his way out of being shot, and he's probably lying that he didn't know that the woman was married. He mentions that he's not known as being trustworthy.

    What do you think? Is this elaborated on in the rest of the Sheriff's Saga tale?
    AtomicCEOon November 04, 2010   Link

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