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The Ballad of Jimmy Tool

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Jimmy Tool was nothin’ but an honest man
He loved his ma and never failed to lend a hand
But one cold winter he was made to pay
and now in the ground a good man lay

Goodbye
Oh, Jimmy, goodbye
though your mother may cry
goodbye, Jimmy, goodbye

His pa died owing money to the local mob
His mama couldn't live, she couldn't land a job
Jim went to the mob to try to make things right
He never saw it comin’ on that fateful night

Goodbye
Oh, Jimmy, goodbye
though your mother may cry
goodbye, Jimmy, goodbye

With hat in hand he went to see the boss that night
He begged forgiveness, promised he would make it right
but nothin’ would appease the man who’d only say,
“You have ‘till midnight, or we’ll take your life as pay”

Goodbye
Oh, Jimmy, goodbye
from this town you must fly
goodbye, Jimmy, goodbye

That evening Jimmy took his ma to hide at church
he took his father’s gun and hid it in her purse
they heard the mob take chase, so Jimmy took his aim
but into the padre’s chest did Jimmy’s bullet stray

Goodbye
Oh, Jimmy, goodbye
from this town you must fly
goodbye, Jimmy, goodbye

And so the story tells us if you’ve loans to pay
be careful who your lender be and mark the day
for when the money fails and when your life is waged
the only one who wins is Satan’s ledger page

Goodbye
Oh, Jimmy, goodbye
goodbye
goodbye, Jimmy, goodbye
goodbye, Jimmy, goodbye
goodbye
goodbye