A Mother's Tears

04:27
Doug Spears
2005-10-15

Lyrics

Well they say that on that dreadful night, When Booth shot Lincoln and took to flight, A Florida boy had a hand in the deed, In John Wilkes Booth's conspiracy. And Lewis Powell was his given name, A Live Oak boy who would come to shame, He went to war in the infantry, And he wore the gray of the Confederacy. Now chile' ain't you heard, them devils done hung my baby boy, Ain't you heard, my baby boy was hung in Washington, He didn't do what they say he done. Well a war can steal a boy's heart and soul, And Lewis' soul turned black as coal, He was taken at Gettysburg, but soon broke free, Then he turned his back on his Confederacy. He deserted the cause and to the Union came, Changed his name to Lewis Paine, He swore an oath of loyalty, To the Union and Lincoln's presidency. But it all seemed part of a darker plan, For in Baltimore he joined up in Booth's band, And at the boarding house where thedeadly plans were laid, Young Lewis' life was cast away. And on the night when Booth took Lincoln's life, He first met with Paine and gave him a gun and a knife, Another Yankee man was to die at young Paine's hand, Lewis made the attempt, but he failed and he ran. Well, three days later they had their man, And declared him part of the assassin's plan' He died on the gallows as Lewis Paine, Though Powell was his given name. And the family in shame from Live Oak fled, With heavy hearts and hanging heads, Mrs. Powell cried a mother's tears' And she sobbed these words for all to hear. Now chile' ain't you heard, them devils done hung my baby boy, Ain't you heard, my baby boy was hung in Washington, He didn't do what they say he done.