O My O My
What a wretched life
I was born on the day
That my poor mother died
I was cut from her belly
With a stanley knife
My daddy did a jig
With the drunk midwife

Who's that yonder all in flames
Dragging behind him a sack of chains
Who's that yonder all in flames
Up jumped the Devil and he staked his claim

O poor heart
I was doomed from the start
Doomed to play
The villian's part
I was the baddest Johnny
In the apple cart
My blood was blacker
Than the chambers of a dead nun's heart

Who's that milling on the courthouse steps
Nailing my face to the hitching fence
Who's that milling on the courthouse steps
Up jumped the Devil and off he crept

O no O no
Where could I go
With my hump of trouble
And my sack of woe
To the digs and the deserts of Mexico
Where my neck was safe from the lynching rope

Who's that yonder laughing at me
Like I was the brunt of some hilarity
Who's that yonder laughing at me
Up jumped the Devil 1, 2, 3

Ha-Ha Ha Ha
How lucky we were
We hit the cathouse
And we sampled their whares
We got as drunk
As a couple of Czars
That night I swallowed
My lucky star

Who's that dancing on the jailhouse roof
Stamping on the ramping with a cloven hoof
Who's that dancing on the jailhouse roof
Up jumped the Devil and said "Here is your man and I got proof"

O no o no don't go
O slow down Joe
The righteous path
Is straight as an arrow
Take a walk
And you'll find it too narrow
Too narrow for the likes of me

Who's that hanging from the gallow tree
His eyes are plucked but he looks like me
Who's that swinging from the gallow tree
Up jumped the Devil and took my soul from me

Down we go Down we go Down we go
The Devil and me Down we go down down down
Hell fire and flames Down we go Down we go
To Eternity Down we go We go down down down
Down we go we go down down down
Down we go the Devil and me to Eternity
We go down down down down down ad inferno



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  • +1
    General CommentSo at first I thought this song was mad goofy... the whole "devil" kinda theme seemed really hokey. But it grows on you. Sure, it's over-stylized and overdramatic, but it's pretty catchy and sort of an interesting story. Plus there's just something so magnetic about the whole dark tone of it... like reading a good scary book or watching a horror movie. Can't help but enjoy it. =)
    porcupinegloveson February 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so damn good, sinister like
    precipitateon October 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat's the beauty of this song. It starts almost cartoonish with the whole
    "I was born on the day
    That my poor mother died
    I was cut from her belly
    With a stanley knife
    My daddy did a jig
    With the drunk midwife"
    and the devil bit but then at the end it's really quite chilling:
    "Up jumped the Devil and he took my soul from me"
    and
    "Down we go
    For Eternity"
    mackkaon August 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionThis song is hilariously dark. I love the exaggerated metaphors.
    Applecheekson March 13, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionI'm pretty sure it should be:
    "My blood was blacker
    Than the chambers of a dead nun's heart"

    "Up jumped the Devil and off we crept"


    and "That night I swallowed my lucky star."
    PhylNotCharleson April 16, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe "swallowed my lucky star" line has always struck me as odd... is this based on some british or aussie figure of speech ?

    a look at the life of someone the calvanists would surely call "reprobate"
    TheNipperon May 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Lyric Correction"younder" should be "yonder"
    "villains" = "villain's"
    "Than the of a dead nun's heart" = "Than the chambers of a dead nun's heart" (missed word)
    "cathouse" should be plural: "cathouses"
    "And sampled their whares" = "And we sampled their wares" (missed word, and "wares")
    "One night I spat out / My lucky stars" = "That night I swallowed / My lucky star" (One=That, spat out=swallowed, stars=star)
    "got a proof" = "got proof"
    "I straight" = "Is straight"
    "eyes are hollow" = "eyes are puffed"? (Puffed or popped, but definitely not "hollow")
    gementon October 13, 2010   Link

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