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The Legend of Kye LaFoone

Come gather 'round people, let me sing for you a tale
of a young man's legend, much bigger than a whale
he was six feet tall and stronger than an ox
he came from Texas in a railroad boxcar
Kye LaFoone, he lived in a shack that his dad built
he didn't know, any damn more than he had to know

I met him one day on the first day of class
he made me look twice when the teacher he sassed
he talked real slow with a southern man's drawl
and our eyes grew wide as he told us of his brawl
Kye LaFoone, all he ever wanted was a piece of mind
he didn't know, why the world had it in for him

Kye LaFoone, why'd you leave us so soon
tell us Kye, did you ever ask why
Kye LaFoone, do you follow the moon
tell us Kye, was it all just a lie?

well, I couldn't really tell if he was tellin' me the truth
'cause I'd heard a lotta lies from a lotta other youth
'til I seen one day a five-on-one
and he left 'em all flat in the noon day sun
Kye LaFoone, his belt was made out of rattle snake
he didn't know, any damn more than he had to know

it happened one day in the beginning of June
all the teachers were screaming, "Where's Kye LaFoone?!"
some said he was sick, or his eye was black
but I knew he was gone, and he wasn't coming back
Kye LaFoone, he went off thumbing on the hard road
he didn't know, why the world had it in for him

Kye LaFoone, why'd you leave us so soon
tell us Kye, did you ever ask why
Kye LaFoone, do you follow the moon
tell us Kye, was it all just a lie?

words and music by Dan Whitaker
1998 Sunny Smedley Music