Robbery & Murder

by David Olney

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1.
Betty and Dupree had a love affair But Betty don’t believe that Dupree care Dupree said, I love, baby, that’s the truth Betty say, you got to show me some proof Betty say she want a diamond ring And fifteen pearls on a golden chain Give me a ruby that’ll shine like the moon Bring‘em here, baby, and bring’em here soon She said, Go down, Dupree, go down Go down, Dupree, go down Dupree went home and got his forty four He walked on down to the jewelry store And he said to the man, I ain’t here to play Give me your jewels before I blow you away The man said, Alright, but don’t you do me no harm Dupree never seen him hit the burglar alarm He walked out of the store straight into the cops Well, he never had a chance so he just give up And it’s go down, Dupree, go down Go down, Dupree, go down Betty saw Dupree in the federal slam He said, You’re the reason I’m where I am And it’s ten long years ‘fore they let me out Betty said, Don’t cry, it’s the thought that counts She said, Go down, Dupree, go down Go down, Dupree, go down Go down, Dupree, go down Go down, Dupree, go down
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Long ago, far away but not forgotten Love lives in this memory of mine And when the night wind blows Back through the years my memory goes To another place, another time I once loved a woman, her name was Delia Jones She lived in the mansion on the hill In the night she’d slip away And stay with me ‘til break of day In my cabin out behind her husband’s mill When her husband heard the rumors ‘bout what his wife was doin’ He swore to hunt me down and hang me high With his money power and pride He had the law on his side So I lit out on a cold and moonless night I caught a train from Lenoir all the way to Baltimore For a year the down town mission was my home I was safe and I was free But I was lone some as could be And I longed for the love that I had known So in the cold northern wind I was headin’ south again Like a moth headin’ straight for the flame I’ll either make her mine Or God knows I’ll die tryin’ Life or death without her love it’s all the same On the outskirts of town on the road I met a stranger I said, Friend, do you know Delia Jones He said, I’m sorry to have to say But she’s been dead one year today And why she took her life we’ve never known Her husband always said that Delia went crazy Her rich friends say Delia just got bored Ah, but other folks say A broken heart was to blame The truth is only known to the lord The years have blown by like the leaves of late Autumn I can’t hold the love I left behind But when the night wind moans Back through the years my memory goes To another place, another time To another place, another time
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My family owns this town, they built the mill We live in the mansion on the hill We had slaves before the war We don’t need slaves anymore Money talks, money always will My family owns this town, they built the mill I was very happy with my life Until that ugly business with my wife She’d been keeping to her room With her sadness and her gloom We never touched, she locked her door at night She dared deny me of my legal right Then one day I began to hear Talk my wife was having an affair It seems Delia found her joy With some common local boy As for myself, I did not really care But the family shame was more than I could bear The boy ran off before I could make him pay I dealt with poor Delia in my own way I drown her in the river I just could not forgive her Her suicide was all the news next day But the boy ran off before I could make him pay My family owns this town, they built the mill We live in the mansion on the hill We had slaves before the war We don’t need slaves anymore Money talks, money always will My family owns this town, they built the mill
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In a jewelry store in a south side neighborhood I was looking fine and pretty just like a gold diamond ring should Dupree come in with a gun Said, Cool out, everyone I want that gold diamond ring ‘cause that gold diamond ring looks good Well, he took me and he ran like a man never ran before And he didn’t stop movin’ ‘til he reached his sweetheart’s door He said, Betty, I stole this for you To prove my love is true Then he slipped on her finger and they kissed and then they kissed some more Gold diamond ring Shinin’ with a light from above Gold diamond ring Shinin’ with a true, true love He said, Betty I stole this for you To prove my love is true He slipped me on her finger and they kissed and then they kissed some more Betty and Dupree still together after all these years There’s been some ups and downs, some laughter and some tears Good times, bad times, too Somehow they made it through True love conquers all from the cradle to the rockin’ chair Sometimes they hop in the car and they drive around the old neighborhood Dupree points out the spot where the jewelry store stood Betty looks at her wedding band Third finger on her left hand She can’t describe how she feels ‘cept to say that it sure feels good Gold diamond ring Shinin’ with a light from above Gold Diamond ring Shinin’ with a true, true love That’s right here I am Third finger on her left hand We can’t describe how we feel ‘cept to say that it sure feels good
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Meet me tonight by the banks of the river The banks of the river tonight Meet me tonight by the banks of the river The banks of the river tonight I’ll wait for you by the banks of the river By the banks of the river tonight I’ll wait for you by the banks of the river B the banks of the river I never knew love could be warm and true, love Until you held me, love, beneath the moonlight My life began with a touch of your hand So meet me, my love, by the river tonight Meet me, my love, by the banks of the river By the banks of the river tonight Meet me, my love by the banks of the river tonight I’ll wait for you by the banks of the river The banks of the river tonight I’ll wait for you by the banks of the river By the banks of the river tonight

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"Robbery & Murder" is the third installment of David Olney's thematic mini-album series launched in 2011 on Deadbeet Records. Each EP – "Robbery & Murder", "Film Noir" and "The Stone" – includes contemporary reinterpretations of some of David's well-known, signature catalog tunes and several new songs to tell these themed stories.

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released October 30, 2012

Album Notes:
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DAVID OLNEY – ROBBERY & MURDER
Two Love Stories – The story of Betty and Dupree is told from three different angles coming to three different conclusions. But the core of the tale is the diamond ring. It is the key to the romantic negotiating between the two lovers. No ring, no love. The second tale is one of love and treachery, abandonment and murder. We get the story first from Delia’s lover. Next we hear from her husband, and finally, from Delia’s ghost. The course of true love never runs smooth.

1 Go Down, Dupree
2 Another Place, Another Time
3 Banks Of The River (Interlude 1)
4 Betty And Dupree
5 My Family Owns This Town
6 Banks Of The River (Interlude 2)
7 Gold Diamond Ring
8 Banks Of The River

Performed by
David Olney - vocal, guitar, bass, whistle, ukulele, harmonica
Jack Irwin - drums, percussion, piano, pump organ, vibes, orchestrations
Jim Hoke - saxophones, harmonica, bass harmonica, clarinet, autoharp

Produced by Jack Irwin
Recorded at Silvertone Recording Service
Series Graphic Design by Paul Needham / mohawkvisuals.com

“Pickled Bones” by Mark Gerking, digitally rendered illustration
Photograph of David Olney by Gregg Roth

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RIYL: Townes Van Zandt, Emmylou Harris, Tom Waits, Johnny Cash, Randy Newman, Steve Earle, Buddy Miller

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