They Wondered at His Final Words

Johnny Cash’s hit single from 1958: Don’t Take Your Guns to Town.

[…]

He drank his first strong liquor then to calm his shaking hand,
And tried to tell himself he had become a man.
A dusty cowpoke at his side began to laugh him down,
And he heard again his mother’s words:

[Chorus]
Don’t take your guns to town son;
Leave your guns at home Bill.
Don’t take your guns to town.

Filled with rage then,
Billy Joe reached for his gun to draw,
But the stranger drew his gun and fired,
Before he even saw.
As Billy Joe fell to the floor,
The crowd all gathered ’round ,
And wondered at his final words:

[Chorus]
Don’t take your guns to town son;
Leave your guns at home Bill.
Don’t take your guns to town.

Don’t Take Your Guns to Town, Johnny Cash (1958).

Curator: Christian Clay Columba Campbell

Christian Clay Columba Campbell is a Roman Catholic of the Anglican Use. As Senior Warden of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL), he organised the process by which the parish accepted the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, petitioning to join the Catholic Church. The Anglican Cathedral is now the Church of the Incarnation in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.

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