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THE FAVOR

Written: Bayfield Highway, Durango CO, 1972

 

The big news that year was the ďno knockĒ law that allowed cops to break into your house with≠out knocking if they thought you were doing something they didnít like. Knees gave it a Neil Young flavor and a country accent and liked the fact that his revenge-crazed protagonist planned to off the seven DEA agents with a knife, instead of a ho-hum gun.

 

If you guys are interested

Iíll tell you why Iím here

So far from my home town

Seven of em came

Without a knock upon my door

Itís amazin how they bring you down.

 

They tole me all my rights

But they didnít explain my wrongs

I done everything that they said

But if I had known

The shape that Iím in now

Iíd shot everyone of them dead.

 

Just about a lid was all that I had

Underneath the the mattress of my bed

Then they tole me ďKid,

Youíre gonna wind up bad

This stuff will knock the brains out of your head.Ē

 

An they tole me they were doin me a favor

But I lost my wife an a year of my life

An Iíd give anything for a knife

An a chance to pay them back for their favor.

 

Thatís about the size of it

Iíll spend a year in jail

There ainít much more to tell

But those seven men

For the favor that they done

Iíll see them all in hell.

 

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