#03152
The Man Behind The Gun (Jerome Cole) video
#1859 YouTube video by David Shook
©2016 ~ Used with permission ~

They gave me the job of the sheriff,
'Cause I was fast with a gun;
How could I refuse them,
They really needed someone.
Well, I tried to explain to my baby,
But then she left me one day;
She said I'd return to you only,
If I threw my six guns away.

Now I'm not supposed to be lonely,
To need or to love anyone;
I'm just supposed to be only,
The man behind the gun.

Well, then she wrote me a letter,
She said, I want you to know,
That my heart is aching,
I need you and I love you so.
The stage was leavin' this morning,
I'll be on the stage without fail;
Somebody shot Jimmy Taylor,
And I started out on the trail.

Now I'm not supposed to be lonely,
To need or to love anyone;
I'm just supposed to be only,
The man behind the gun.

Well, it took three weeks, I remember,
Before I could track the man down;
When I returned with the prisoner,
It was the talk of the town.
Too late to return to my baby,
They buried her deep in the clay;
Now I'm stuck in the saddle,
Just drawing a heartache of pay.

Now I'm not supposed to be lonely,
To need or to love anyone;
I'm just supposed to be only,
The man behind the gun.
Yes, I'm just supposed to be only,
The man behind the gun.

####.... Written by Ned Miller [b.1925] from Raines, Utah, and popularized by Hank Snow ....####
This variant was recorded by Jerome Cole of Chapel's Cove, NL (Memories Of Home, trk#2, 1988 Cassette, Independent, recorded at Sim's Studio, Belleoram, NL, and manufactured for SWC Productions, English Harbour West, NL).

The video above features a recording by American county music singer-songwriter Henry Ned Miller [1925-2016] who was active as a recording artist from 1956 to 1970. He is known primarily for his hit single, "From A Jack To A King", a crossover hit in 1962 which reached Top 10 on the country music, adult contemporary, and Billboard Hot 100 charts.



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