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The Hitter

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First time played on: 13/11/1996

Latest time played on: 13/11/2005

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Come to the door, Ma, and unlock the chain
I was just passin' through and got caught in the rain
There's nothin' I want, nothin' that you need say
Just let me lie down for a while and I'll be on my way

I was no more than a kid when you put me on the Southern Queen
With the police on my back I fled to New Orleans
I fought in the dockyards and with the money I made
I knew the fight was my home and blood was my trade

Baton Rouge, Ponchatoula, and Lafayette town
Well they paid me their money, Ma, I knocked the men down
I did what I did well it come easily
Restraint and mercy, Ma, were always strangers to me

I fought champion Jack Thompson in a field full of mud
Rain poured through the tent to the canvas and mixed with our blood
In the twelfth I slipped my tongue over my broken jaw
I stood over him and pounded his bloody body into the floor

Well the bell rang and rang and still I kept on
'Till I felt my glove leather slip 'tween his skin and bone

Then the women and the money came fast and the days I lost track
The women red, the money green, but the numbers were black
I fought for the men in their silk suits to lay down their bets
I took my good share, Ma, I have no regrets

Then I took the fix at the state armory with big John McDowell
From high in the rafters I watched myself fall

As they raised his arm my stomach twisted and the sky it went black
I stuffed my bag with their good money and I never looked back

Understand, in the end, Ma, every man plays the game
If you know me one different then speak out his name
Ma, if my voice now you don't recognize
Then just open the door and look into your dark eyes
I ask of you nothin', not a kiss not a smile,
Just open the door and let me lie down for a while

Now the gray rain's fallin' and my ring fightin's done
So in the work fields and alleys I take all who'll come
If you're a better man than me then just step to the line
Show me your money and speak out your crime
Now there's nothin' I want, Ma, nothin' that you need say
Just let me lie down for a while and I'll be on my way

Tonight in the shipyard a man draws a circle in the dirt
I move to the center and I take off my shirt

I study him for the cuts, the scars, the pain,
Man, nor time can erase
I move hard to the left and I strike to the face
Played in:
13/11/1996Landmark Theatre, Syracuse, NYUnited States
21/04/2005Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJUnited States
22/04/2005Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJUnited States
25/04/2005Fox Theatre, Detroit, MIUnited States
28/04/2005Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie, Grand Prairie, TXUnited States
30/04/2005Glendale Arena, Glendale, AZUnited States
02/05/2005Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, CAUnited States
03/05/2005Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, CAUnited States
05/05/2005Paramount Theatre, Oakland, CAUnited States
07/05/2005The Lecture Hall, Denver, COUnited States
10/05/2005Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MNUnited States
11/05/2005Rosemont Theatre, Chicago, ILUnited States
14/05/2005Patriot Center, Fairfax, VAUnited States
15/05/2005CSU Convocation Center, Cleveland, OHUnited States
17/05/2005Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PAUnited States
19/05/2005The Theater at Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJUnited States
20/05/2005Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MAUnited States
24/05/2005The Point, DublinIreland
27/05/2005Royal Albert Hall, LondonGreat Britain
28/05/2005Royal Albert Hall, LondonGreat Britain
30/05/2005Forest National, BrusselBelgium
01/06/2005Palau Municipal d'Esports de Badalona, BadalonaSpain
02/06/2005Palacio De Deportes, MadridSpain
04/06/2005Palamalaguti Arena, BolognaItaly
06/06/2005Palalottomatica Sport Palace, RomeItaly
07/06/2005Mediolanum Forum, MilanItaly
13/06/2005Olympia Hall, MunichGermany
15/06/2005Festhalle, Frankfurt am MainGermany
16/06/2005Phillipshalle, DsseldorfGermany
19/06/2005Ahoy, RotterdamNetherlands
20/06/2005AccorHotels Arena, ParisFrance
22/06/2005Forum, CopenhagenDenmark
23/06/2005Scandinavium, GothenburgSweden
25/06/2005Hovet, StockholmSweden
27/06/2005Color Line Arena, HamburgGermany
28/06/2005ICC, BerlinGermany
13/07/2005Canadian Tire Centre, OttawaCanada
14/07/2005Air Canada Centre, TorontoCanada
16/07/2005Pepsi Arena, Albany, NYUnited States
18/07/2005HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NYUnited States
20/07/2005Arena at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport, CTUnited States
23/07/2005Philips Arena, Atlanta, GAUnited States
24/07/2005Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, NCUnited States
26/07/2005Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NCUnited States
28/07/2005Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, PAUnited States
31/07/2005Schottenstein Center, Columbus, OHUnited States
01/08/2005U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OHUnited States
03/08/2005Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MIUnited States
06/08/2005Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MOUnited States
07/08/2005Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WIUnited States
10/08/2005The Rose Garden, Portland, ORUnited States
11/08/2005Key Arena, Seattle, WAUnited States
13/08/2005Pontiac Theatre at GM Place, VancouverCanada
07/10/2005Civic Center, Hartford, CTUnited States
09/10/2005Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NYUnited States
28/10/2005TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MAUnited States
30/10/2005TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MAUnited States
04/11/2005St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, FLUnited States
08/11/2005Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PAUnited States
13/11/2005Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJUnited States