Hazard

My mother came to Hazard when I was just seven
Even then the folks in town said with prejudiced eyes
That boy’s not right

Three years ago when I came on Mary
First time someone looked beyond the rumours and the lies
Saw the man inside

We used to walk down by the river
She loved to watch the sun go down
We used to walk along the river
And dream a way out of this town

No one understood what I felt for Mary
No one cared until the night she went walking all alone
And never came home

Men with a badge came knocking next morning
Here was I surrounded by a thousand fingers suddenly
Pointed right at me

I swear I left her by the river
I swear I left her safe and sound
I need to make it to the river
And leave this old Nebraska town 

I think about my life gone by
And how it‘s done me wrong
There’s no escape for me this time
All of my rescues are gone… are gone

I swear I left her by the river
I swear I left her safe and sound
I need to make it to the river
And leave this old Nebraska town