They killed a man for doing wrong today
When all he ever did in life was look the other way
And with his verdict someone heard him pray
The crowd gathered round to see the look on his face

Will they ever know the last words he spoke?
He cried, "Mother!" as the people stood and stared
He cried, "Mother!" but no one seemed to care

Barely 25 years to his name
Only the good die young is too hard to say
With a wife and child living back at home
Far from here where he dies all alone

Will they ever know the last words he spoke?
He cried, "Mother!"
Ask the people who were there
When he cried, "Mother!" it sounded like a prayer

They killed a man for doing wrong today


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    Song MeaningThis song's meaning is pretty obvious and Jack Savoretti is very good at this.

    This song is merely about a young man who was a father and husband who may have been blamed/committed for/a crime."They killed a man for doing wrong today"

    "Will they ever know the last words he spoke?
    He cried, "Mother!" as the people stood and stared
    He cried, "Mother!" but no one seemed to care" - This quote suggests that the time set was before the 20th century when Public Executions existed and people came to watch.

    This song is one of the most saddest song's in Jack Savoretti's 'Harder Than Easy' Album.
    RustyGuitaron July 18, 2014   Link

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