NATCHEZ LANDING
(Buddy Killen)
SHEB WOOLEY (M-G-M 13241, 1964)

Well, there's a place down in Louisiana
Along the Mississippi river
They got man-eating dogs and the walls are 40 feet high
Where a-many good man has took his stand
And with a chain on his leg he had to stand and beg
To the big boss man at the prison at Natchez Landing

Well, every man says he ain't guilty
But what I'm gonna tell you is true
I did a lot of time for a thing I didn't do
That big boss man drove me like a slave
I finally broke to freedom, couldn't stay that way
Now they're taking me back to the prison at Natchez Landing

He made me walk and talk to a big rockpile
You could hear my hammer ring for a mile
And if I ever dare to give him any lip
He made me answer to the big bullwhip
He was the big boss man at the prison at Natchez Landing

Well, that old train is really humming (hoo-hoooo)
Taking me back where I'm belonging
That is if you can call a prison a place where a man belongs in
I'm chained to a guard who's unaware
The switch has been thrown and it's gonna tear
This train from the track, and keep me out of Natchez Landing

Now that 20 ton engine, a bunch of cars
Are a mass of twisted steel
At last I'm free, and I can't believe that it's real
I'm hurt mighty bad, but I feel no pain
'Cause the guard next to me will never use that whip again
He's the big boss man at the prison at Natchez Landing

Yeah, he made me walk and talk to a big rockpile
You could hear my hammer ring for a mile
And if I ever dare to give him any lip
He made me answer to the big bullwhip
He was the big boss man at the prison at Natchez Landing
He was the big boss man at the prison at Natchez Landing
I said the big boss man at the prison at Natchez Landing