Let Him Dangle

  • Bentley said to Craig "Let him have it Chris"
    They still don`t know today just what he meant by this
    Craig fired the pistol, but was too young to swing
    So the police took Bentley and the very next thing
    Let him dangle
    Let him dangle

    Bentley had surrendered, he was under arrest,
    When he gave Chris Craig that fatal request
    Craig shot Sidney Miles, he took Bentley`s word
    The prosecution claimed as they charged them with murder
    Let him dangle
    Let him dangle

    They say Derek Bentley was easily led
    Well what`s that to the woman that Sidney Miles wed
    Though guilty was the verdict, and Craig had shot him dead
    The gallows were for Bentley and still she never said
    Let him dangle
    Let him dangle

    Well it`s hard to imagine it`s the times that have changed
    When there`s a murder in the kitchen that is brutal and strange
    If killing anybody is a terrible crime
    Why does this bloodthirsty chorus come round from time to time
    Let him dangle

    Not many people thought that Bentley would hang
    But the word never came, the phone never rang
    Outside Wandsworth Prison there was horror and hate
    As the hangman shook Bentley`s hand to calculate his weight
    Let him dangle

    From a welfare state to society murder
    Bring "back the noose" is always heard
    Whenever those swine are under attack
    But it won`t make you even
    It won`t bring him back

    Let him dangle
    Let him dangle (String him up) Writer/s: ELVIS COSTELLO
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

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