The Devil's Right Hand

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Steve Earle ( /ˈɜrl/; born Stephen Fain Earle on January 17, 1955) is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, author and actor. Earle grew up near San Antonio, Texas, and began learning the guitar at age 11. more »


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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 
So l asked if I could have one someday 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 

The devil's right hand, the devil's right hand 
Mama said the pistol is the devil's right hand 

My very first pistol was a cap and ball Colt 
Shoot as fast as lightnin' but it loads a might slow 
Loads a might slow and soon I found out 
It can get you into trouble but it can't get you out 
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 get 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

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