The Devil's Right Hand
Words:Steve Earle
Music:Steve Earle
Performed By:  Steve Earle
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The Devil's Right Hand (Key: D Major)
(Steve Earle)
Album: Angry Young Man

(Capo second fret)


About the time that daddy left to fight the big war
Saw my first pistol in a general store
In a general store, I was thirteen,
Thought it was the finest thing I ever had seen

I asked if I could have it someday when I grew up
Mama dropped a dozen and she really blew up
She really blew up, I didn't understand
Mama says the pistol is the Devil's right hand.

  The Devil's Right Hand
  The Devil's Right Hand
  Mama says the pistol is the Devil's right hand.

(instrumental)

My very first pistol was a cap and ball Colt
Shootest fast as lightening but she loaded mighty slow
loaded mighty slow, I soon found out
It gets you into trouble but it can't get you out.

So then I went and bought myself a Colt Forty-Five
Called "The Peacemaker" but I never knew why
Never knew why, I didn't understand
Mama says the pistol is the Devil's right hand.

  The Devil's Right Hand
  The Devil's Right Hand
  Mama says the pistol is the Devil's right hand.

  The Devil's Right Hand
  The Devil's Right Hand
  Mama says the pistol is the Devil's right hand.

(instrumental)

Well I got to a card game in a company town
Caught a man cheating, I shot the dog down
I shot the dog down, I watched a man fall
He never touched his holster, never had a chance to draw

They caught me in the morning and he drove me out of bed
Asked me how I pleaded, "Not guilty," I said,
"Not guilty," I said, "You've got the wrong man,
Nothing touched the trigger but the Devil's Right Hand"

  The Devil's Right Hand
  The Devil's Right Hand
  Mama says the pistol is the Devil's right hand.

  The Devil's Right Hand
  The Devil's Right Hand
  Nothing touched the trigger but the Devil's right hand.

(inst)

  Mama said the pistol is the Devil's right hand.

(coda)
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