GREATEST SONGS EVER WRITTEN: I’ve Got Rights

“I’VE GOT RIGHTS”     HANK WILLIAMS JR.

Prisoners-Jake-Gyllenhaal-Hugh-JackmanHugh Jackman plays the father of an abducted little girl in the psychological thriller, Prisoners, dominating box office numbers this month. Jackman’s intense portrayal of a father hell bent on justice will clearly earn him a Best Actor nomination at next year’s Oscars ceremony.  The film asks the tough question, “How far would you go if someone endangers or even kills your loved ones?”  In 1979, Hank Williams Jr. provokes these same emotions in his song “I’ve Got Rights”.  The lyrics create  a vivid courthouse drama ready for a motion picture adaptation.    Vigilantism, the Second Amendment, the U.S. Trial system, and our own feelings about justice are all bundled in one epic three minute country song.

I went down to the Mary Carter paint store
I said give me one of them Smith and Wesson magnum forty fours
Cause there’s a man that the law let loose and justice was not done

This man killed my wife and my only little son
I’ll never forget the way he looked all through the trial
He had his big named lawyer and he had that smirkey smile
Oh yeah he got you off on a technicality
But you’ll have to grow wings and fly to ever get away from me

Cause I got rights I got rights too
And this time there won’t be no damn lawyer and system to protect you
But I’m gonna read you I’m gonna read you your rights
You gotta right to know that you’re gonna go to hell one of these black nights

When the trial was over he had the nerve to say that’s the way it goes
I said well hoss you better get you some corks
Cause you’re gonna have to plug up a few holes
Guess he thought I was talkin’ just to pass away time
But it kinda looks different now on his knees beggin’ for his life

Hey I got rights I got some rights too…
No this time there ain’t no damn lawyers and systems to save you

One comment

  1. Best damn song sad nothing aint change in this country since 1979 fucking sucks in America cause there is nit national pride and citizens are seeked out for punishment while the god damn foreign element that was the heart of the scandal crime wave etc is given a pass thank u for stealing my assets all my money and my friends fyi i stood up everyday in school for the pledge to the american flag i got nothing now but who gives a damn the end.

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