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1952 Vincent Black Lightning
The Del McCoury Band Lyrics


Said Red Molly to James that's a fine motorbike
A girl could feel special on any such like
Said James to Red Molly, well my hat's off to you
It's a Vincent Black Lightning, 1952
And I've seen you at the corners and cafes it seems
Red hair and black leather, my favorite color scheme
And he pulled her on behind
And down to Knoxville they did ride

Said James to Red Molly, here's a ring for your right hand
But I'll tell you in earnest I'm a dangerous man
I've fought with the law since I was seventeen
I robbed many a man to get my Vincent machine
Now I'm 21 years, I might make 22
And I don't mind dying, but for the love of you
And if fate should break my stride
Then I'll give you my Vincent to ride

Come down, come down, Red Molly, called Sergeant McRae
For they've taken young James Adie for armed robbery
Shotgun blast to his chest, left nothing inside
Oh, come down, Red Molly to his dying bedside
When she came to the hospital, there wasn't much left
He was running out of road, he was running out of breath
But he smiled to see her cry
And said I'll give you my Vincent to ride

Says James, in my opinion, there's nothing in this world
Beats a 52 Vincent and a red headed girl
Now Nortons and Indians and Greeveses won't do
They don't have a soul like a Vincent 52
He reached for her hand and he slipped her the keys
He said I've got no further use for these
I see angels on Ariels in leather and chrome
Swooping down from heaven to carry me home
And he gave her one last kiss and died
And he gave her his Vincent to ride

Contributed by Eva E. Suggest a correction in the comments below.
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PsyVen

Nice crossover between American roots-music and UK folk-rock. They share a common ancestor -- the ballads and laments of the rural-English and Scots-Irish peoples.
Thanks for posting this!

Jacq Daniels

@Bill Francis they need to make another album. I dearly like every song on Raising Sand.

Bill Francis

...ask Robert Plant and Allison Krause... cheers...

JAMES TALLY

I used to be a biker, and my lifestyle had a criminal element, but I was raised on bluegrass, this version of this song always brings a tear to my eye at the end, on his death bed he gave her the most important thing in his life...his motorcycle, that’s true love right there, and Del does this song best in my opinion.

Tyler Mankins

Dad listened to literally all genres of music, but this was one of his top five favorite songs of all time. RIP Rocky Mankins. 11/21/55 - 05/29/2017.

Grant Shapiro

It's a great tune for sure

jmvlock1

God bless and keep your pop, brother.

Patrick Hoburg

I love these guys so much! Del’s wife was really nice to us, too, when we got to meet them post-show. They gave us a signed copy of their gospel album for my grandparents and Del wrote a little note to them about growing older.

weekendmom

I never get tired of hearing this song.

Matthew Roberts

Wow! This is a fine companion to Richard Thompson's original version. You've got to hear both to really love this song.

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