(Spoken)Well, theyre hanging joe bean this morning for shooting a man down in arkansas.Funny thing is, joe bean's never been to arkansas.On top of that, joe bean never even heard of the man.In fact, today is joe's twentieth birthday.
See through the prison bars joe beanSee where the gallows standJust twenty short years from the day you were bornYou died by the hangman's hand
They're hanging joe bean this morningFor a shooting that he never didHe killed twenty men by the time he was tenHe was an unruly kid
Yes, theyre hanging joe bean for the one shootingThat joe bean never did
(Spoken)Well joe, your mother's at the capitol, asking the governer for a stay.And it's hard on her, because she knowsWhere you were on that particular day.
You were working joe bean, hard workingRobbing the santa fe
Well the telegraph wires are hummingHear the governor's words come throughHe said I can't set you free, its not up to me,But this much joe bean, I'll do:
I'll join your mother in extending birthday greetings to youHappy birthday joe bean