Woman At The Well

from by Kelley Looney

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Past the town of Franklin about an hour's hike
There's an old abandoned well a mile off of the pike
Dried up long ago there still flows an eerie tale
of the woman at the well

Mary was her name she lived a hundred years ago
Inside her was a child the father was unknown
Preacher he condemned her evil and impure
She never said a word

When she came to town she passed the dry goods store
Baker pulled his blinds the grocer quickly locked his door
A figure in a black cloak said when your baby's due
I'll be there for you

Mary had the baby a shadow paced the room
The midwife a good wife knew exactly what to do
She took the child made sure it never caught its breath
while Mary slowly bled

No remorse was shown as their conviction was upheld
They let Mary bleed to death for she was sin itself
In a rage he took the babe the seed of he himself
He flung it down the well

Buried in the backwoods no marker on her grave
No words spoken for her he just turned and walked away
Ye who sow the seeds of sorrow surely reap the yield
of that bitter field

Soon a drought descended dust blew hard and thick
The townsfolk of Franklin couldn't even grow a stick
Deserted to this day and haunted too so goes the tale
of the woman at the well


from Black Sheep Blues, released June 1, 2014
Kelley Looney | vocals, acoustic and electric guitar
George Bradfute | upright bass and violin
Jimmy Lester | drums



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