Ballad of Susan Smith

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I put my car into reverse

On a lee and lonely

This will be my babies’ hearse

Down by the green lake side-ee-o

 

I am a daughter of the Mills

On a lee and lonely

Young I am but doomed to kill

Down by the green lake side-ee-o

 

I had a love I thought was true

On a lee and lonely

The more he rubbed the redder I grew

Down by the green lake side-ee-o

 

Left high and dry and all alone

On a lee and lonely

These Babes weigh me down like a stone

Down by the green lake side-ee-o

 

I see a dark man in my dream

On a lee and lonely

He’ll be the one to take the blame

Down by the green lake side-ee-o

 

O No! O No! What have I done?

On a lee and lonely

To please a man I’ve killed my sons

Down by the green lake side-ee-o

 

Naught will cleanse me of this sin

On a lee and lonely

To please myself I’d do it again

Down by the green lake side-ee-o

 

A Nation’s pity for my plight

On a lee and lonely

I look so innocent and white

Down by the green lake side-ee-o

 

Black Man, Black Man, I accuse you

On a lee and lonely

On Nationwide you’ll get your due

Down by the green lake side-ee-o

 

Why can a woman rout her womb

On a lee and lonely

But not close her babies to tomb?

Down by the green lake side-ee-o

 

My face it cracks at what I say

On a lee and lonely

I’ll spend my life in bitter grey

Far from the green lake side-ee-o

 

You did as much as dash our brains

On a lee and lonely

Blood on your hands is our refrain

Down by the green lake side-ee-o

 

My Babes! They speak—The cold black lake

On a lee and lonely

Shoots forth its hand, more souls to take

Down by the green lake side-ee-o

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