William Moore Song

Phils Ochs recorded and released the song "William Moore" after the murder of Bill Moore in 1963.

 

LYRICS

Walkin' down an Alabama road
Rememberin' what the Bible told

Walkin' with a letter in his hand

Dreaming of another southern land
Walkin' down an Alabama road

And he went by the name of William Moore
Now what are you doing William Moore
Why the letter in your hand?

There's only one southern land

And he went by the name of William Moore

What price the glory of one man?
What price the glory of one man?

What price the hopes,

What price the dreams,

And what price the glory of one man?

Remembering what his grandfather done
Fought for the south in '61

A hundred years have passed by since then

Now Moore is fighting for the south again
Remembering what his grandfather done

Remembering the time in world war two
And the south pacific island that he knew

Remembering the young men that he killed

And the praying that the guns of hate be stilled

Remembering the time in world war two

What price the glory of one man?
What price the glory of one man?

What price the hopes,
What price the dreams,

And what price the glory of one man?

And they shot him on the Alabama road
Forgot about what the Bible told

They shot him with that letter in his hand

As though he were a dog and not a man

And they shot him on the Alabama road

Did you say it was a shame when he died?
Did you say he was fool because he tried?

Did you wonder who had fired the gun?

Did you know that it was you who fired the gun?

Did you say it was a shame when he died?

What price the glory of one man?
What price the glory of one man?

What price the hopes,

What price the dreams,

And what price the glory of one man?


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