Groveland

 

If you’re goin’ down to Groveland, if you’re goin’ down to Pray

I come here to tell you that Groveland’s gone astray

I went down to Groveland, I went down there to stay

And I come here to tell you that Groveland’s gone astray

 

There were twenty preachers preachin: brimstone, fire and hail

And twenty sinners sinning, were lined up in the jail

The posse comitatus was standing brave and proud

They said three cheers for Beauregard then fired into the crowd

I went down to Groveland, I went down there to pray

And I come here to tell you that Groveland’s gone astray

 

The wind don’t ever blow there, and no one ever cried

Uncle joe don’t go there, since Sammy Davis died

So they tracked down uncle remus and sent him back to school

They read him from the bible and took away his mule

I went down to Groveland, …

 

The sheriff and his daughter came out to start the war

They nailed their manifesto on the Murell Tavern door

It said devil got no house here. No hotel or salon

So take your soul revival. You best be moving on

I went down to Groveland, …

 

At night they lit the candles. At day they cursed the light

And twenty hooded horsemen came out to join the fight

The flags were on the courthouse, low and proud and mean

And the twenty preachers preachin, were admiring their machine

If you’re goin’ down to Groveland, …