Goodwin, Schwerner and Chaney (Tom Paxton) The night air is heavy, no cool breezes blow The sound of the voices is worried and low Desperately wondering, and desperate to know About Goodwin and Schwerner and Chaney. Calm desperation and flickering hope Reality grapples like a hand on the throat For you live in the shadow of ten feet of rope If you're Goodwin and Schwerner and Chaney. The Pearl River was dragged and two bodies were found But it was a blind alley, for both men were brown So they all shrugged their shoulders and the search it went on For Goodwin and Schwerner and Chaney. Pull out the dead bodies from the ooze of the dam Take the bodies to Jackson, all according to plan With the one broken body, do the best that you can Its the body of young James Chaney. Well the nation was outraged and shocked through and through Call J. Edgar Hoover! He'll know what to do For they've murdered two White men! - (and a Colored boy, too) Goodwin and Schwerner and Chaney. James Chaney, your body exploded in pain And the beating they gave you is pounding my brain For they murdered much more with their dark, bloody chains And the body of pity lies bleeding. The pot-bellied Coppers shook hands all around And joked with the rednecks who came into town And they swore that the murderers soon would be found And they laughed as they spat their tobacco. (c)Tom Paxton/Deep Fork Recorded on "Ain"t That News" Elektra EKS-7298 GF apr00
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