From HISCAP@LUSTA.LATROBE.EDU.AU (PERRETT,Andrew) Date: Sat, 13 Nov 1993 15:18:27 GMT X-News-Reader: VMS NEWS v1.25 (This is a copy, with very minor corrections, of this)
From the album Spike - Elvis Costello, 1989, Warner Bros 925 848-2. Song is ©Plangent Visions Music Inc ASCAP.
Here is a .WAV file (367 kb) of the first verse.
Em Bentley said to Craig "Let him have it Chris" C B7 They still don't know today just what he meant by this Em Craig fired the pistol, but was to young to swing C B7 So the police took Bentley and the very next thing Chorus: Em C B7 Let him dangle, Let him dangle Do do do do do do do do do Bently had surrended, he was under arrest when he gave Chris Craig that fatal request Craig shot Sidney Miles, he took Bentley's word The prosecution claimed as they charged him with murder... They said Derek Bentley was easily led Well what's that to the woman that Sidney Miles wed Though guilty was the verdict, and Craig had shot him dead The gallows were for Bentley and still she never said... Bridge G D Am7 Well its hard to imagine it's the times that have changed G D When there's a murder in the kitchen that is brutal and strange G D Am7 If killing anybody is a terrible crime D Why does this bloodthirsty chorus B7 Em C B7 come round from time to time Let him dangle do do do do do do do do do Not many people thought that Bentley would hang But the word never came, the phone never rang Outside Wandsworth prison there was horror and hate As the hangman shook Bentley's hand to calculate his weight.... From a welfare state to society murder "Bring back the noose" is always heard Whenever thos swine are under attack But it won't make you even It won't bring him back Let him dangle Let him dangle (String him up) Em C B7
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