I laid down the first rough tracks for this song in 2011. It's seen hundreds of changes and a dozen or more versions since then. This latest version is the closest to my original idea of what the song should sound like. It's a dark story, and not for everyone. If you like your songs hard, dark and gritty, you will like Down Blood Holler Way.
It was cold that night, it was raining hard, when the cruiser pulled up in my yard' It was Sheriff Donahue.
He said; "Jimmy Lee, you got to come with me, there's been an incident over on County 23, we got to show you."
Sometimes life hits you right between the eyes, and you just have to take the pain. Take a minute to pray.
I'm a simple soul, I take care of my own, this seems a mighty high price to pay. The Lord giveth and He take away.
Don't go down, don't take that road If you do, the devil's gonna get your soul There ain't nothing down there but blood and tears Satan's walking tall
No one alive should have to feel that pain I see it in my dreams, again and again Somebody's got to pay the devil his due for what was done Down Blood Holler Way
There was po-po standing all around, a big black tarp lying on the ground. And an ambulance.
Donahue was talkin' at me, he said; "Lucius, stay here with Jimmy Lee, and keep him behind the fence."
He walked over to the big tarp, he took it in his hands, and slowly pulled it away. God, he pulled it away.
Lying there just like they was only asleep, except for all the blood... lay my two little boys. They had both been slain.
Down to the Methodist church, the pastor says; "Lord... ...save the children." When I saw my boys there under that tarp, it brought the madness down on me. Why do children have to bleed?
(Somebody's gonna bleed!)
REPEAT CHORUS (spoken)
Down Blood Holler Way....
Down Blood Holler Way...
Kerry Ireland Ocala Florida USA Swamp Yankee Pitcairn