Taneytown Steve Earle Am C G Am G Am Em G Am C G Am I went down to Taneytown, I went down to Taneytown Am G Am Em G To see what I could see Am C G Am My mama told me never go, I?m damned near twenty-two years old Am G Am Em G Some times I feel this hollow swallowing me. Ma went off to Gettysburg, her and that new beau of hers, I snuck off after dark. It?s a long way down the Canny Road, the stars were bright & the moon was low, Down where the blacktop highway starts. Chorus: I went down to Taneytown, I went down to Taneytown, I went down to see what I could see. Now everybody stared at me, you?d think that they ain?t never seen, A colored boy before. Well, they jumped at me and they called me names, they?d a whupped me sure, but the sheriff came, I slipped off and ran through the drygoods store. I ran down Division Street, but some of them boys followed me, Down to the railroad track. There was four of them & I came five, but I got my old Randall knife, I cut that boy & I never did look back. Chorus Across the fields & woods I run, like a bullet from a rabbit gun, Back home to my bed. Ma came back from Gettysburg, her and that new beau of hers, Boy you look like hell, was all she said. A month went by without a word, till someone down in the hollow heard, About that boy they hung. He begged those men to spare his life, but I dropped my bloody Randall knife, He picked it up, so they thought he was the one. Repeat chorus twice, second time insert last line, "I ain?t going back there anymore."