Em G Am In the state of Mississippi many years ago D Em A boy of 14 years got a taste of southern law Em G Am He saw his friend a hanging and his color was his crime Am D Em And the blood upon his jacket left a brand upon his mind Am D G Em CHORUS: Too many martyrs and too many dead Am D G Em Too many lies too many empty words were said Am D G Em Too many times for too many angry men Am D Em Oh let it never be again His name was Medgar Evers and he walked his road alone Like Emmett Till and thousands more whose names we'll never know They tried to burn his home and they beat him to the ground But deep inside they both knew what it took to bring him down *chorus* The killer waited by his home hidden by the night As Evers stepped out from his car into the rifle sight he slowly squeezed the trigger, the bullet left his side It struck the heart of every man when Evers fell and died. *chorus* And they laid him in his grave while the bugle sounded clear laid him in his grave when the victory was near While we waited for the future for freedom through the land (*) The country gained a killer and the country lost a man *chorus*
(*) This line is shown is the sheet music as "While we waited for the future with the wisdom of our plans" (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Scott tells me that he has an early recording of this song (when it was known as Ballad of Medgar Evers) in which the second verse opens with the following lines:
And the boy became a man, the man became a cause The cause became the hope for the country and it's lawsOtherwise, it's the same.
Chords and partial lyrics thanks to Dirk.Schulze.Consultant@um.cc.umich.edu with further corrections from Jan Hauenstein
Here's a web page all about the The Murder of Emmett TillLast modified 24 Aug 02 by trent