Joe Bean

Lyrics Shared By: Jennifer

Johnny Cash:
Well, they're hanging Joe Bean this morning for killing a man in Arkansas. Funny thing about it, Joe Bean never even heard of the man. In fact, Joe Bean never has been to Arkansas. And to top that off, today is Joe Bean's twentieth birthday.

See where the gallows stand, Joe Bean
See where the gallows stand
Just twenty short years from the day you were born
You’ll die by the hangman's hand

They're hanging Joe Bean this morning
For a shooting that he never did
He killed 20 men by the time he was 10
He was an unruly kid

But, they're hanging Joe Bean for the one shooting
That Joe Bean never did

See through the prison bars, Joe Bean
See where the gallows stand
Just twenty short years from the day you were born
You’ll die by the hangman's hand
Well, your mother’s in Capitol City, asking the Governor Simms for a stay and it's really hard on her, 'cause she knows where you were on that particular day.
You were working, Joe Bean
Hard working, robbing the Santa Fe

Well, the telegraph wires are humming
Hear the governor's words come through
"I can't set you free ‘cause it's not up to me
But this much, Joe Bean, I'll do
I'll join your mother in extending
Birthday greetings to you
Johnny and June Carter:
Happy Birthday, Joe Bean
Happy Birthday, Joe Bean
Happy Birthday, dear Joe
(sound of gallows opening and neck snapping)
Happy Birthday to you

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