Justice in Ontario

Album: The Collection (2002)
  • Oh you who hail from Ontario
    Know the tale of the Donnelly's Oh
    Died at the hands of a mob that night
    Every child and man by the oil torch light
    Jim Donnelly was no angel sure

    But they burned his barn, broke down the door
    Well the children cried while they killed old Jim
    Then they killed his wife, then they turned on them
    No judge, no jury, no hangman, no justice in Ontario
    A hundred years or more have turned

    And you always hear how much we've learned
    Well a man lay dead in a Port Hope bar
    And the blood ran red on a hardwood floor
    And the big men ran through the nearest door
    Only one man knew what had happened for sure

    Well one and all wore the outlaws' brand
    And the big bikes roared through the Great Northland
    When you live on the edge of the law
    You know, justice in Ontario

    Blue smoke still hung in the air
    No one spoke when the cops got there
    Well the local constable made the call
    Send us Corporal Terry Hall

    They all sang a different tune
    When Corporal Hall walked in the room
    With his picture book and a list of names
    One by one the witnesses came
    And they told him what he wanted to know
    Justice in Ontario

    The provincial cops searched far and wide
    And the outlaws ran but they could not hide
    And they brought em in every single one
    Save the man who actually fired the gun
    It was down in London, they were tried
    And the guilty man stood free outside

    When he took the stand to pay his debt
    The judge was blind and the jury deaf
    In Kingston Town they're locked up still
    When the sun goes down and the air is chill
    You could swear you heard Jim Donnelly's ghost cry Writer/s: STEVE EARLE
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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