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Po' Lazarus

This song is by James Carter & The Prisoners and appears on the compilation Southern Journey, Volume 5: Bad Man Ballads (1997) and on the movie soundtrack O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000).

Well, the high sheriff, he told his deputy
"Won't you go out and bring me Lazarus"
Well, the high sheriff told his deputy
"Won't you go out and bring me Lazarus
Bring him dead or alive, Lord, Lord, bring him dead or alive"

Well, the deputy, he told the high sheriff
"I ain't gonna mess with Lazarus"
Well, the deputy, he told the high sheriff
Says, "I ain't gonna mess with Lazarus
Well, he's a dangerous man, Lord, Lord, he's a dangerous man"

Well, then the high sheriff, he found Lazarus
He was hiding in the chill of a mountain
Well, the high sheriff found Lazarus
He was hiding in the chill of the mountain
With his head hung down, Lord, Lord, with his head hung down

Well, then the high sheriff, he told Lazarus
He says, "Lazarus, I come to arrest you"
Well, the high sheriff told Lazarus
Says, "Lazarus, I come to arrest you
And bring you dead or alive, Lord, Lord, bring you dead or alive"

Well, then Lazarus, he told the high sheriff
Says, "I never been arrested"
Well, Lazarus told the high sheriff
Says, "I never been arrested
By no one man, Lord, Lord, by no one man"

And then the high sheriff, he shot Lazarus
Well, he shot him mighty-big number
Well, the high sheriff shot Lazarus
Well, he shot him with a mighty-big number
With a forty-five, Lord, Lord, with a forty-five

Well, then they taken old Lazarus
Yes, they laid him on the commissary gallery
Well, they taken poor Lazarus
And they laid him on the commissary gallery
He said, "My wounded side, Lord, Lord, my wounded side"

Written by:

Traditional

Recorded:

by Alan Lomax