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    Ballad Of Thunder Road

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    Ballad Of Thunder Road
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      About "Ballad Of Thunder Road"

      Lyrics for Mark Collie - "Ballad Of Thunder Road"

      Now let me tell a story, I can tell it all
      About the mountain boy who ran illegal alcohol
      His daddy made the whiskey, the son, he drove the load
      And when his engine roared, they called the highway thunder road

      Sometimes into Ashville, sometimes Memphis Town
      The revenuers, they chased him, but they couldn't run him down
      Each time they thought they had him, his engine would explode
      He'd go by like they were standing still on thunder road

      There was thunder, thunder over thunder road
      Thunder was his engine and white lightning was his load
      There was moonshine, moonshine to quench the devil's thirst
      The law they swore they'd get him, but the devil got him first

      On the first of April, 1954
      The federal man sent word, he better make his run no more
      He said two hundred agents were covering the state
      Whichever road he'd try to take, they'd get him sure as fate

      'Son', his daddy told him, 'Now make this run your last
      Your tank is filled with a hundred proof, you're all tuned up and gassed
      Now don't take any chances, if you can't get through
      I'd rather have you back again than all that mountain dew?

      There was thunder, thunder over thunder road
      Thunder was his engine and white lightning was his load
      There was moonshine, moonshine to quench the devil's thirst
      The law they swore they'd get him, but the devil got him first

      Roaring out of Harlan, revving up his mill
      He shot the gap at Cumberland and screamed through Maynardville
      With G-men on his tail light, roadblocks up ahead
      The mountain boy took roads that even angels feared to tread

      Blazing right through Knoxville, out on Kingston Pike
      Then right outside of Bearden, there they made the fatal strike
      He left the road at ninety, that's all there is to say
      The devil got the moonshine and the mountain boy that day

      There was thunder, thunder over thunder road
      Thunder was his engine and white lightning was his load
      There was moonshine, moonshine to quench the devil's thirst
      The law they swore they'd get him, but the devil got him first

      SONGWRITERS:
      MITCHUM, ROBERT / RAYE, DON
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