Said you’re gonna shoot me down, put my body in the river
Shoot me down, put my body in the river
While the whole world sings, sing it like a song
The whole world sings like there’s nothing going wrong
He shot her down he put her body in the river
He covered her up, but I went to get her
And I said. “my girl, what happened to you now?”
I said, “my girl, we gotta stop it somehow”
Tell me what’s a man with a rifle in his hand
Is gonna do for a world that’s so sick and sad
Tell me what’s a man with a rifle in his hand
Is gonna do for a world that’s all gone mad
He’s gonna shoot me down, put my body in the river
Cover me up with the leaves of September
Like an old sad song, you heard it all before
Deliah’s gone but I’m settling the score
Tell me what’s a man with a rifle in his hand
Is gonna do for a world that’s just dying slow
Tell me what’s a man with a rifle in his hand
Is gonna do for his daughter when it’s her turn to go


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    General Comment*TW: Rape*
    I think it's an allegory for rape. I think the man could either be the perpetrator or someone who denies the prevalence of rape culture in society.
    CallMeMatton June 01, 2014   Link
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    General Comment*TW: Rape*
    I think it's an allegory for rape. I think the man could either be the perpetrator or someone who denies the prevalence of rape culture in society.
    CallMeMatton June 01, 2014   Link
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    Song FactShe said it was "a woman's relpy" to the 'murder ballad' song theme in a lot of folk music.

    19:48 @ wfuv.org/npr/…
    sam1521336on September 16, 2014   Link

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