Devil's Right Hand Lyrics - Confuse the Cat

Confuse the Cat Johnny Cash: An International Underground Tribute to the Man in Black cover art
Release information
Release Date: 2005
length: 3:26
composer: Steve Earle
lyricist: Steve Earle

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 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 soon I 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 didn't know why
Never knew why, I didn't understand
Cause 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

CD 1
  • 1 Don't Take Your Guns to Town
  • 2 Delia's Gone
  • 3 Guess Things Happen That Way
  • 4 Ghost Riders in the Sky
  • 5 San Quentin
  • 6 The City of New Orleans
  • 7 Folsom Prison Blues
  • 8 Long Black Veil
  • 9 Understand Your Man
  • 10 The Highwayman
  • 11 Thing Called Love
  • 12 Redemption
  • 13 Country Boy
  • 14 Cafe Gitterblick (I Got Stripes)
  • 15 Tennessee Flat Top Box
  • 16 The Man Comes Around
  • 17 Wanted Man
  • 18 Ring of Fire
  • 19 Jackson
  • 20 The Ways of a Woman in Love
  • 21 I Walk the Line
  • 22 Thirteen
  • 23 I Will Rock 'n' Roll With You
  • 24 I Still Miss Someone
  • 25 Get Rhythm
  • 26 Devil's Right Hand
  • 27 San Quentin
  • 28 There You Go
  • 29 Hurt