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As I rode into Tombstone on my horse, his name was Mack
I saw what I'll relate to you, going on behind my back
It seems the folks were up-in-arms, a man now had to die
For believing things that didn't fit, the laws they'd set aside
The mans name was "I'm a Freak". the best that could see
He was the executioner, a hangman just like me
I geuss he'd seen loopholes from working with his rope
He'd hung the wrong man many times, so now he turned to hope
He talked to all the people from his scaffold in the square
He told them of the things he found, but they didn't seem to care
He said the laws were obsolete, a change they should demand
But the people only walked away, he couldn't understand
The marshals name was "Uncle Sam", he said he'd right this wrong
He'd make the hangman shut his mouth, if it took him all day long
He finally arrested Freak, and then he sent for me
To hang a fellow hangman, from a fellow hangmans tree
It didn't take them long to try him in their court of law
He was guilty then of "Thinking", a crime much worse than all
They sentenced him to die, so his seed of thought can't spread
And infect the little children, that's what the law had said
So the hangin' day came 'round, and he walked up to the noose
I pulled the lever, but before he fell I cut him lose
They called it a conspiracy, and that I had to die
So to close our mouths and kill our minds, they hung us side-by-side

And now we're two hangmen, hangin' from a tree
That don't bother me, at all
Two hangmen, hangin' from a tree
That don't bother me, at all
(Same all the way to the end)

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    Joe SandiegoAug 19, 2014 at 9:53 am
    The song was written when the Nixon era fascists were shredding the Constitution. This was the first album I ever bought. Nixon was spying on the anti-war movement, the FBI was tapping our phones, and sending in informants. The "issue" was not Capital Punishment" as the other writer wrote. The issue is that our government is taking away our civil liberties and replacing it with a fascist state. The "Crime" is Thinking, which is the crime which is worst of all, as the lyrics say. Ironically the last putz, compared the free thinkers of that era, with today's "Intellectual Elite". That is laughable, because today's Intellectual Elite, are the most ideologically intolerant of any dissent in the history of our country. They support bigger government, and the lockstep, on every single issue. You may not dissent or use politically incorrect speech. You must talk the talking points or you are banished. The big government types, were what we were afraid of in the 70's.
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    UnregisteredJun 24, 2014 at 6:26 pm
    Back when this song was written, "freaks" were those that had long hair. The newspapers called us "hippies" but that wasn't a term we called ourselves. The first executioner was I am a Freak and was up against Uncle Sam, which, at the time of all of the anti-war protests of the era, was pretty much how it felt. Thinking, and social conscience was disdained then. I'm seeing the same thing now, only now it's scorn against the "Intellectual Elitists", which, I guess, is a term of derision against those capable of independent thought.
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    UnregisteredAug 16, 2012 at 8:56 pm
    Two executioners do not believe in the death penalty (ie: death by hanging). One of the executiones protests vocally, and the other protests by cutting a man (the other executioner) loose from the rope from which he is about to be hung. For the beliefs that death by hanging should not be allowed by law, they suffer the ultimate punishment... Death by hanging.
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    UnregisteredApr 4, 2012 at 1:51 pm
    So true then and now-getting sentenced for the crime of "thinking". Too many kids today listening to the bieber and all the mindless crud out there. They will probably never hear classics like this one.

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