HANGIN' TOM PHILLIPS
By: Wayne Brown
We watched as the jury foreman of twelve upstanding men
Handed the verdict they’d reached to old Judge Hank Jensen
The judge opened it up to read and to see what the jury did say
The verdict is guilty; looks like they’re hangin’ Tom Phillips today
The courtroom is in chaos as Judge Jensen pronounces his decree
Some just stand in shocked silence just like my brother and me
Ol’ Judge Jensen is a hard one, he’s known to seldom give way
I see it in his eyes straight way, they’re hangin’ Tom Phillips today
Tom Phillips, this jury finds you guilty of the crimes so accused
The Sheriff here will hang ya’, the town facilities will be used
And with that he rapped his gavel, there was nothing left to say
The Judge has given them the nod, they’re hangin’ Tom Phillips today
Tom Phillips rode up on the rustlers who shot a rancher in bushwhack
Tom rode upon the rancher, tried to save him, as he fired his pistol back
The old man died in Tom’s arms while those rustlers just rode away
Now he’s been convicted of his death, they’re hangin’ Tom Phillips today
My brother and I watch in horror as they drag Tom Phillips on outside
Already there is a rope hanging over a limb and a horse ready to ride
They throw Tom up over the saddle, not one objection does anyone say
The noose is on, the horse is ready, Tom Phillips will be hangin’ today
The ol’ Sheriff gives a yell and stamps his feet, the spurs on his boots jangle
The horse bolt from under Tom leaving him there to twist, quiver and dangle
His neck has snapped and his life is draining, there nothing left to see or say
The crowd got what they want, justice was served, Tom Phillips hanged today
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