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The Ballad Of Ezra Messenger from the release Silver Gorilla

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ezra messenger made his death bed and he lay his body out
to his family who'd deserted
he would spread to the news about

on the 15th of december they would read this rich man's will
death shook old ezra's hand

so they travelled from the berkshires
and they came from plymouth rock
and a train rolled up from greenwich
and a coach from windsor locks

and in every head danced visions of the hundred dollar bill
death shook old ezra's hand

now ezra was quite wealthy
but he'd never hurt his kin
yet his family had condemned him
like his life was filled with sin

but they never named a reason no they never showed their hand
so death shook old ezra's hand

so they gathered round his bed and the cold new english skies
of 40 lonely winters seem to smoulder in his eyes

and the crowd could not remember what had scandalized him when
they decided all those years ago not to speak to him again
when up jumped that healthy rich man with a pistol aimed to kill
death shook old ezra's hand

and when the smoke had settled every soul that came was gone
and they lay as cold and quiet as the snow out on the lawn

and on each of them he spit and placed a hundred dollar bill
death shook old ezra's hand
yeah death shook old ezra's hand
as sure as i'm standing here death shook old ezra's hand


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