STEVE EARLE


Justice In Ontario Lyrics

Oh, you who hail from Ontario
Know the tale of the Donnelly's, oh
Died at the hands of a mob that night
Every child and man by the oil torch light

Jim Donnelly was no angel sure
But they burned his barn, broke down the door
Well, the children cried while they killed old Jim
Then they killed his wife, then they turned on them

No judge, no jury, no hangman, no justice in Ontario
A hundred years or more have turned
And you always hear how much we've learned
Well, a man lay dead in a Port Hope bar

And the blood ran red on a hardwood floor
And the big men ran through the nearest door
Only one man knew what had happened for sure

Well, one and all wore the outlaws' brand
And the big bikes roared through the Great Northland
When you live on the edge of the law
You know, justice in Ontario

Blue smoke still hung in the air
No one spoke when the cops got there
Well, the local constable made the call
Send us Corporal Terry Hall

They all sang a different tune
When Corporal Hall walked in the room
With his picture book and a list of names
One by one the witnesses came

And they told him what he wanted to know
Justice in Ontario

The provincial cops searched far and wide
And the outlaws ran but they could not hide
And they brought 'em in, every single one
Save the man who actually fired the gun

It was down in London, they were tried
And the guilty man stood free outside
When he took the stand to pay his debt
The judge was blind and the jury deaf

In Kingston Town they're locked up still
When the sun goes down and the air is chill
You could swear you heard Jim Donnelly's ghost cry
"Justice in Ontario"

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