Devil's Right Hand Lyrics

Steve Earle


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Stephen F. (fain) Earle
album: Track 3 in album Shut Up and Die Like an Aviator
release date: 1991-9-17
popularity : 39 users have visited this page.
length: 3:07

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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 someday when I grew up
Mama dropped a dozen eggs, she really blew up
She really blew up, 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 she loads a might slow
Loads a might slow, 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
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

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 man 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

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
Mama says the pistol is the devil's right hand


Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 Intro
  • 2 Good Ol' Boy (Gettin' Tough)
  • 3 Devil's Right Hand
  • 4 I Ain't Ever Satisfied
  • 5 Someday
  • 6 West Nashville Boogie
  • 7 Snake Oil
  • 8 Blue Yodel #9
  • 9 The Other Kind
  • 10 Billy Austin
  • 11 Copperhead Road
  • 12 Fearless Heart
  • 13 Guitar Town
  • 14 I Love You Too Much
  • 15 She's About a Mover
  • 16 The Rain Came Down
  • 17 Dead Flowers