Devil's Right Hand Lyrics

Johnny Cash


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Stephen F. (fain) Earle
album: Track in album Unearthed
release date: 2003-11-25
popularity : 19 users have visited this page.
length: 2:33
additional performer: The Red Devils

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Johnny Cash Unearthed cover art
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About the time that Daddy left to fight the big war
I saw my first pistol in the general store
In the general store, when I was thirteen
Thought it was the finest thing I ever had seen

So l asked if I could have one when I grew up
Mama dropped a dozen eggs, she really blew up
She really blew up and I didn't understand
Mama said the pistol is the devil's right hand
She really blew up and I didn't understand
Mama said the pistol is the devil's right hand
The devil's right hand, the devil's right hand
Mama said the pistol is the devil's right hand

My very first pistol was a cap and ball Colt
Shoot as fast as lightnin' but it loads a mite slow
Loads a mite slow and i soon found out
It can get you into trouble but it can't get you out
So then I went and bought myself a Colt 45
Called a peacemaker but I never knew why
Never knew why, I didn't understand
Cause Mama said the pistol is the devil's right hand
Never knew why, I didn't understand
Cause Mama said the pistol is the devil's right hand
The devil's right hand, the devil's right hand
Mama said the pistol is the devil's right hand

Well I get into a card game in a company town
Caught a miner cheating I shot the dog down
Shot the dog down, watched the dog fall
Never touched his holster, never had a chance to draw
The trial was in the morning and they drug 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
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
Nothing touched the trigger but the devil's right hand


Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 The Long Black Veil
  • 2 Flesh and Blood
  • 3 Just the Other Side of Nowhere
  • 4 If I Give My Soul
  • 5 Understand Your Man
  • 6 Banks of the Ohio
  • 7 Two Timin' Woman
  • 8 The Caretaker
  • 9 Old Chunk of Coal
  • 10 I'm Going to Memphis
  • 11 Breaking Bread
  • 12 Waiting for a Train
  • 13 Casey's Last Ride
  • 14 No Earthly Good
  • 15 The Fourth Man in the Fire
  • 16 Dark as a Dungeon
  • 17 Book Review
  • 18 Down There by the Train (alternate take)
    CD 2
  • 1 Pocahontas
  • 2 I'm a Drifter (version 1)
  • 3 Trouble in Mind
  • 4 Down the Line
  • 5 I'm Movin' On
  • 6 As Long as the Grass Shall Grow
  • 7 Heart of Gold
  • 8 The Running Kind
  • 9 Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby
  • 10 Brown-Eyed Handsome Man
  • 11 "T" for Texas
  • 12 Devil's Right Hand
  • 13 I'm a Drifter (version 2)
  • 14 Like a Soldier
  • 15 Drive On (alternate lyrics)
  • 16 Bird on a Wire (live with orchestra)
    CD 3
  • 1 A Singer of Songs
  • 2 The L & N Don't Stop Here Anymore
  • 3 Redemption Song
  • 4 Father and Son
  • 5 Chattanooga Sugar Babe
  • 6 He Stopped Loving Her Today
  • 7 Hard Times
  • 8 Wichita Lineman
  • 9 Cindy
  • 10 Big Iron
  • 11 Salty Dog
  • 12 Gentle on My Mind
  • 13 You Are My Sunshine
  • 14 You'll Never Walk Alone
  • 15 The Man Comes Around (early take)
    CD 4
  • 1 Where We'll Never Grow Old
  • 2 I Shall Not Be Moved
  • 3 I Am a Pilgrim
  • 4 Do Lord
  • 5 When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder
  • 6 If We Never Meet Again This Side of Heaven
  • 7 I'll Fly Away
  • 8 Where the Soul of Man Never Dies
  • 9 Let the Lower Lights Be Burning
  • 10 When He Reached Down
  • 11 In the Sweet By and By
  • 12 I'm Bound for the Promised Land
  • 13 In the Garden
  • 14 Softly and Tenderly
  • 15 Just as I Am
    CD 5
  • 1 Delia's Gone
  • 2 Bird on a Wire
  • 3 Thirteen
  • 4 Rowboat
  • 5 The One Rose (That's Left in My Heart)
  • 6 Rusty Cage
  • 7 Southern Accents
  • 8 The Mercy Seat
  • 9 Solitary Man
  • 10 Wayfaring Stranger
  • 11 One
  • 12 I Hung My Head
  • 13 The Man Comes Around
  • 14 We'll Meet Again
  • 15 Hurt