1952 VINCENT BLACK LIGHTNING

I’m listening to KPIG (online) and I nominate the following that they just played for Best Lyrics:

1952 VINCENT BLACK LIGHTNING

by Richard Thompson (Hear it here.)

Oh says Red Molly to James “That’s a fine motorbike.

A girl could feel special on any such like”

Says James to Red Molly “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 favourite colour scheme”

And he pulled her on behind and down to Boxhill they did ride

Oh says James to Red Molly “Here’s a ring for your right hand

But I’ll tell you in earnest I’m a dangerous man.

For 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 hit 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

He 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 Greeves won’t do,

Ah, they don’t have a soul like a Vincent 52″

Oh he reached for her hand and he slipped her the keys

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.

Sigh. KPIG and Santa Cruz and Lighthouse Point and Steamer’s Alley (it’s a surfing thing)…

Update –My potty-mouth wife says, “Romanticizing a bad way of life – A bank robber on a fucking motorcycle.” I MET her in Santa Cruz!

Other KPIG Best Evers:

The Road Goes On Forever By Robert Earl Keen

Illegal Smile by John Prine