Who Killed Davey Moore?

Album: The Bootleg Series (1963)
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  • Who killed Davey Moore?

    Why an' what's the reason for?

    "Not I", said the referee

    "Don't point your finger at me

    I could've stopped it in the eighth

    An' maybe kept him from his fate

    But the crowd would've booed, I'm sure

    At not gettin' their money's worth

    It's too bad that he had to go

    But there was a pressure on me too, you know

    It wasn't me that made him fall

    No, you can't blame me at all"

    Who killed Davey Moore?

    Why an' what's the reason for?

    "Not us", said the angry crowd

    Whose screams filled the arena loud

    "It's too bad he died that night

    But we just like to see a fight

    We didn't mean for him to meet his death

    We just meant to see some sweat

    There ain't nothing wrong in that

    It wasn't us that made him fall

    No, you can't blame us at all"

    Who killed Davey Moore?

    Why an' what's the reason for?

    "Not me", said his manager

    Puffing on a big cigar

    "It's hard to say, it's hard to tell

    I always thought that he was well

    It's too bad for his wife an' kids he's dead

    But if he was sick he should've said

    It wasn't me that made him fall

    No, you can't blame me at all"

    Who killed Davey Moore

    Why an' what's the reason for?

    "Not me", says the gambling man

    With his ticket stub still in his hand

    "My wasn't me that knocked him down

    My hands never touched him none

    I didn't commit no ugly sin

    Anyway, I put money on him to win

    It wasn't me that made him fall

    No, you can't blame me at all"

    Who killed Davey Moore

    Why an' what's the reason for?

    "Not me", says the boxing writer

    Pounding print on his old typewriter

    Sayin', "Boxing ain't to blame

    There's just as much danger in a football game"

    Sayin', "Fist fighting is here to stay

    It's just the old American way

    It wasn't me that made him fall

    No, you can't blame me at all"

    Who killed Davey Moore?

    Why an' what's the reason for?

    "Not me", says the man whose fists

    Laid him low in a cloud of mist

    Who came here from Cuba's door

    Where boxing ain't allowed no more

    "I hit him, I hit him, yes, it's true

    But that's what I am paid to do

    Don't say 'murder,' don't say 'kill'

    It was destiny, it was God's will"

    Who killed Davey Moore

    Why an' what's the reason for?

Comments: 2

  • 2112 from Mahopac, NyI like this song even though I disagree with its logic.
  • Davia from Springfield, OhThis comment is for Bob Dylan. I am the 5th born of Davey Moore 1933-1963. I was born September 19th 1960. My name is Davia S. Moore (Mills) please e-mail me at davia_mills@hotmail.com
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