Perfume, Powder and Lead

We were married in the spring, she didn’t want for anything

A lovin’ husband, a little cabin, close to town

Workin’ hard out on the farm, comin’ in to all her charm

Until one day, when the stranger came around

It starts to rain can’t work no more, run to the porch open the door

To their surprise I realize their little game

So what was I supposed to do, oh I could tell he’d been with you

It made me mad and I just couldn’t stand the pain


I can’t believe what I have done, I killed them both with daddy’s gun

As their bodies lay entangled in our bed

He was the sheriffs only son, to me she was the only one

I smelled the perfume, the powder and the lead

Well my body starts to shake, begin to think about my fate

As I turn and start to stagger toward the door

I heard her take her final breath, I knew my sentence would be death

And so I threw that smokin’ gun onto the floor

Now I sit here in this jail, and now my life’s a livin hell

Since that awful dreadful crime I had to do

All her love she vowed to me, another man there’d never be

And in the end I’ll have to die for loving you


I can’t believe what I have done…