"Hangman Jury" as written by Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Huddie Ledbetter and Jim Vallance....
Me and my old lady sittin' in the shade
Talkin' 'bout the money that I ain't made
Singin' o boy dontcha line the track a lack a

Oh boy dontcha line the track
Oh boy dontcha line the track a lack a
Oh boy dontcha line the track

If I could I surely would
Stand on the rock that Moses stood
Singin' O boy dontcha line the track a lack a

Oh boy dontcha line the track
Oh boy dontcha line the track a lack a
Oh boy dontcha line the track

Drank so much hooch
It my eyes be gettin' blurry
They say I nailed her to the wall
A stitch in time don't mean a thing
No hangman jury could make me crawl
'Cause I'm a poor boy dontcha
Line the track a lack a

O boy dontcha line the track
O boy dontcha line the track a lack a
O boy dontcha line the track

Whatcha do with a gun that's loaded
Shot her dead and her heart exploded
Tell me baby now d-dontcha worry
Like lyin' to a Hangman Jury
I swear I didn't know that '45 was loaded
In fact my memory ain't too clear
That's not to say she didn't get what she deserved
Least that's the way it looked from here
Boy when you line the track a lack a

Hey boy dontcha line the track a lack a
Hey boy dontcha line the track
Ooh, my love came tumblin' down
Ooh, love come tumblin' down
Ooh, Let's get outta here

Love come tumblin'
And every night she take her things into the city
And in the morning make me beg
If I'd taken all her titty gritty
Smack her right upside the head

Boy dontcha line the track a lack a
Oh boy dontcha line the track
Oh boy dontcha line the track

Ooh, my love came tumblin' down
Ooh, love comes tumblin' down
Ooh, love comes tumblin' down
Poor boy sweatin' in the hot summer night
Hangman waitin' for the early mornin' light singin'

Oh boy dontcha line the track a lack a
Oh boy dontcha line the track
Oh boy dontcha line the track a lack a
Oh boy dontcha line the track

If I could I surely would
Stand on the rock that Moses
Done stood singin'

Oh boy dontcha line the track a lack a
Oh boy dontcha line the track
Oh boy dontcha line the track a lack a
Oh boy dontcha line the track


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"Hangman Jury" as written by Huddie Ledbetter James Douglas Vallance

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  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about a man whose wife gets angry about his not making enough money, so, apparently, she then decides to either (a) cheat on him or (b) prostitute herself. His response is to kill her, which he feels that she deserves, which causes him to be sentenced to death by the hangman jury.
    voodoochildeon March 21, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDefinitely an underrated gem, my third favorite by them.

    "I swear I didn't know that '45 was loaded
    In fact my memory ain't too clear
    That's not to say she didn't get what she deserved
    Least that's the way it looked from here"

    That's just hilarious. Makes me laugh every time I hear it.
    atoutlem0ndeon August 10, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnother brilliant Aerosmith blues with Steven Tyler's harp blown front and center. The melody is based on a Leadbelly/Charley Patton/Robert Johnson-style delta blues but Joe Perry's guitar is Metal/Rock and Tyler's writing definitely is about his ongoing battle with drugs and the sad realization if he's ever gonna be sober after all-it may never happen if at all-"I Swear I Didn't know that .45 Was Loaded/In fact My Memory Ain't Too Clear!..." Harrowing Song!
    rabbitbunnyon May 11, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcool song... kinda has that old folk feel to it. He murdered someone and is trying to lie his way out of it in court.
    rhinkon April 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song, loved it from the first time i heard it!

    agree with rhink

    Aerobabeon July 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat blues style song that was a prelude to Honkin' On A Bobo.
    kfe2on February 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about a man whose wife gets angry about his not making enough money, so, apparently, she then decides to either (a) cheat on him or (b) prostitute herself. His response is to kill her, which he feels that she deserves, which causes him to be sentenced to death by the hangman jury.
    voodoochildeon March 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti know what this song means ive read a review in a book ive got its about a man whos drugged or drunk or something


    Drank so much hooch
    It made my eyes be gettin' blurry
    They say I nailed her to the wall

    and while he was in this state his wife was nagging him this made him angry so he killed her
    tyler_girlon April 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love it, when Steven sings this live he remakes it from

    Me and my old lady sittin' in the shade
    Talkin' 'bout the money that'a I ain't made

    to

    Me and my old lady sittin' in the shade
    Talkin' 'bout the first time that I got laid.
    adagiominoreon August 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm not sure why EVERY lyric site seems to have it wrong, but it's not "line the track". It's "lie on the track" as in lay down on the train tracks, an old timey Southern way of committing suicide. Line the track doesn't even make sense in context. Listen to the studio version with a good pair of headphones, then listen to a live version.
    FecklessCarbon January 03, 2014   Link

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