Covers: I Hung My Head – Sting

UPDATE: I have changed the original video with one that has a better audio quality but it’s still not up to scratch. I  try not to make it too high end so that the streaming time is cut down but anyway if you would like to hear the MP3 in its glory, please go to the Downloads page and get the original MP3 file there. For collaborations, please email Maman directly at mamanteacherspet@musician.org. Thanks.

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A cover of I Hung My Head by Sting (Mercury Rising). This song was made famous by the late Johnny Cash in his album American IV: The Man Comes Around (American, 2002).

Below it, how Sting sings it.

(Note: This video was purposely done in low-res to optimise space and bandwidth. For high quality MP3, please go to Downloads tab above)

I Hung My Head
Early one morning
With time to kill
I borrowed Jebb’s rifle
And sat on a hill
I saw a lone rider
Crossing the plain
I drew a bead on him
To practice my aim

My brother’s rifle
Went off in my hand
A shot rang out
Across the land
The horse, he kept running
The rider was dead
I hung my head
I hung my head

I set off running
To wake from the dream
My brother’s rifle
Went into the sheen
I kept on running
Into the south lands
That’s where they found me
My head and my hands

The sheriff he asked me
Why had I run
And then it came to me
Just what I had done
And all for no reason
Just one piece of lead
I hung my head
I hung my head

Here in the court house
The whole town was there
I see the judge
High up in the chair
Explain to the court room
What went through you mind
And we’ll ask the jury
What verdict they find

I felt the power
Of death over life
I orphaned his children
I widowed his wife
I begged their forgiveness
I wish I was dead
I hung my head
I hung my head

I hung my head
I hung my head

Early one morning
With time to kill
I see the gallows
Up on a hill
And out in the distance
A trick of the brain
I see a lone rider
Crossing the plain

And he’d come to fetch me
To see what they’d done
And we’d ride together
To kingdom come
I prayed for god’s mercy
For soon I’d be dead
I hung my head
I hung my head

I hung my head
I hung my head

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