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​D.B. Cooper

This song is by Todd Snider and appears on the album Happy To Be Here (2000) and on the live album Near Truths And Hotel Rooms (2003).

Snider

D.B Cooper was 43 when we first heard his name
47 miles away from where he fell down to his fame
But he told me that the hardest part wasn't really jumping out of the plane
It was spending the night watching them lights shine through the pouring rain.

They had a man hunt that next morning like nothing I had ever seen
I was only eight years old at the time watching on a TV screen
And they were saying he was never gonna make it now, now that daylight had set in
But later that night they were shining those lights down on the mountain again.

Not far away from the City of Roses
They all watched those lights up through the rain
For D.B. Cooper.

Well, the cops blocked off all the exit roads and turned loose all of the hounds
They even dragged the river up a couple of times to see if he had drowned
With all those men working overtime they swore they would bring him down
But a parachute and a few hundred dollars was all that they ever found.

Not far away from the City of Roses
They all watched those lights up through the rain.

Now some people say that he died up there somewhere in the rain and the wind
Other people say that he got away but then his girlfriend did him in
The law men say if he is out there someday they're gonna bring him in
As for me, I hope they never see D.B. Cooper again.

Not far away from the City of Roses
A light shined from a house out in the rain
It was D.B. Cooper drinking champagne, drinking champagne.