Mama Don't Cry For Me

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A darkly humorous ballad in the tradition of Nick Cave. The prequel to Baby Blue, it tells the story of a jilted lover driven to murder. Prequel to Baby Blue.

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Well my baby, he’s been gone, seven weeks and seven days
He took my old brown dog, took all my pay
But nobody’s gonnna find that man where he now lays
Cos this woman put him in the ground
I know some day I’ll pay

Well I heard the screech of tyres, on that winter’s afternoon
I heard the dog howlin, searchin for the moon
I went to grab my shot-gun but my baby he’d cut out
I heard him round the corner givin one last wicked shout

Swing low little children
The devil’s on his way
He’s gonna find this sinning soul on some cold lonely day
But I’ll go with him so quiet, I’ll go so peacefully
Cos I meant to kill that sorry man
Mama don’t cry for me

I asked his mama for him, I asked his papa too
His brother said that he’d split town, weren’t nothing I could do
So I went to see a gypsy, just to have my fortune read
She said that he was miles away with a pretty young red-head

Swing low little children
The devil’s on his way
He’s gonna find this sinning soul on some cold lonely day
But I’ll go with him so quiet, I’ll go so peacefully
Cos I meant to kill that sorry man
Mama don’t cry for me

I searched the cities for him, I searched all through the towns
But it seems my man was cunning, he left no scent around
Til I chanced upon a drifter proppin up a bar
He said he’s seem him just last night
He can’t have gone too far

Well I caught up with my man
It was dark along the road
I shot one of his tyres out
Weren’t nowhere he could go
I took him to the river
Where I sealed my fate
The last I saw he was sinkin down
To his watery grave

Swing low little children
The devil’s on his way
He’s gonna find this sinning soul on some cold lonely day
But I’ll go with him so quiet, I’ll go so peacefully
Cos I meant to kill that sorry man
Mama don’t cry for me

credits

from Dark Gives Way, released March 3, 2017
Abby Smith - vocals, electric piano, handclaps
Sophie Jones - vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo, handclaps
Matt Ferry - lead guitar, backing vocals, handclaps
Michael Carpenter - upright bass, drums, backing vocals, handclaps

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Smith & Jones Bathurst, Australia

Smith & Jones are a duo hailing from Bathurst and Tamworth respectively. Made up of keyboard player and vocalist Abby Smith, with guitarist, harmonica player and vocalist Sophie Jones. Part classic country ballads, part sweet jazz standards, their beauty is in their harmonic simplicity and lyrical power. ... more

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