"The Devil's Right Hand" as written by and Stephen F. (fain) Earle....
About the time that daddy left to fight the big war
I saw my first pistol in the general store
In the general store, when I was thirteen
Thought it was the finest thing I ever had seen

(Willie Nelson)
So I asked if I could have one some day when I grew up
Mama dropped a dozen eggs, she really blew up
She really blew up and I didn't understand
Mama said the pistol is the devil's right hand

[Chorus (All together)]
The devil's right hand, the devil's right hand
Mama said the pistol is the devil's right hand

(Kris Kristofferson)
My very first pistol was a cap and ball colt
Shoots as fast as lightin' but it loads a mighty slow
Loads a mighty slow and soon I found out
It can get you into trouble but it can't get you out

(Waylon Jennings)
So then I went and bought myself a Colt .45
Called a peacemaker but I never knew why
Never knew why, I didn't understand
'Cause Mama said the pistol is the devil's right hand
Well I got into a card game in a company town
Caught a miner cheating I shot the dog down
Shot the dog down, watched the man fall
Never touched his holster never had a chance to draw
The trial was in the morning and they drug me out of bed
Asked me how I pleaded, not guilty I said
Not guilty I said, you've got the wrong man
Nothing touched the trigger but the devil's right hand

(Repeat chorus...)


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"The Devil's Right Hand" as written by Stephen F. (fain) Earle

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