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Not Your Whipping Woman

from The Warming House by Nehedar



I'm a farmer and a tanner, I work hard and I work well
No one tells me when to start or stop with some damn working bell
In my home I keep it quiet, had no visitors to tell
until that damn traveler came

Well he told me he's a doctor from the city 'cross the hill
begged for lodging for the night, he offered US. dollar bills
but before the night was over he got mean and he got killed
oh lord what now have i done?

oh me, oh my, how i hate to see you cry
oh me, oh my, take him out and shoot him in the eye

well the sheriff aint my brother and the country wants my farm
but I swore my daddy I would keep my body out of harm
so I packed myself a horse and made a living selling yarns
oh lord what now have i done?

I lived 10 years on the run, met a man, had a son
in a town called Rapid River I got cornered with my gun
took a shot to save my life and took another for each one

oh lord what now have you done?

I stared down that rapid river, rapids reaching for my life
and I swore if I could make it down that river with my knife
I'd get half as far as China 'fore they'd take me back alive
oh lord what now have i done?

I am not your whipping woman I am not your whipping toy
I will teach you to go running with them no good backroom boys
I have done my share of running now I'm back in Illinois
oh lord what now have you done?


from The Warming House, released August 13, 2014
Featuring Craig Judelman on Violin


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