Carole King - Smackwater Jack Lyrics

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Now, Smackwater Jack,
He bought a shotgun
'Cause he was in the mood
For a little confrontation.
He just a-let it all hang loose;
He didn't think about the noose.
He couldn't take no more abuse
So he shot down the congregation.

You can't talk to a man
With a shotgun in his hand.

Now, Big Jim the chief
Stood for law and order.
He called for the guard to come
And surround the border.
Now, from his bulldog mouth,
As he led the posse south,
Came the cry, "We got to ride
To clean up the streets
For our wives and our daughters!"

You can't talk to a man
When he don't wanna understand.
No, no, no, no, no.

The account of the capture
Wasn't in the papers,
But you know, they hanged ol' Smack right then
Instead of later.
You know, the people were quite pleased
'Cause the outlaw had been seized
And on the whole, it was a very good year
For the undertaker.

You know, you know, you can't talk to a man
With a shotgun in his hand.
A shotgun in his hand.
Smackwater Jack bought a shotgun.
Yeah, Smackwater Jack bought a shotgun.
Oh, Smackwater Jack, yeah.
Talkin' 'bout Smackwater Jack, yeah.
Talkin' 'bout a-Smackwater Jack, now.
Talkin' 'bout Smack.

Track Listing
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 I Feel the Earth Move
  • 2 So Far Away
  • 3 It’s Too Late
  • 4 Home Again
  • 5 Beautiful
  • 6 Way Over Yonder
  • 7 You’ve Got a Friend
  • 8 Where You Lead
  • 9 Will You Love Me Tomorrow?
  • 10 Smackwater Jack
  • 11 Tapestry
  • 12 (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    writers: Carole King, Gerry Goffin
    album: Track 10 in album Tapestry
    release date: 1971-1-30
    popularity : 79 users have visited this page.
    genres: Funk / Soul Blues Pop Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Rhythm & Blues/Soul/Folk
    length: 3:43
    producer: Lou Adler
    drums: Joel O'Brien
    piano: Carole King
    vocal: Carole King
    engineer: Hank Cicalo
    electric guitar: Danny Kortchmar
    background vocals: Julia Waters, Merry Clayton and Carole King
    electric bass guitar: Charles Larkey
    baritone saxophone: Curtis Amy
    electric piano: Ralph Schuckett
    Album Information
    label: Ode Records
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin