Big Black Truck (demo)

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Melanie Hammet/Ben Holst
Melanie Hammet/Ben Holst

Story

This song from the LIFE SENTENCE collection describes the uneasy contradiction Clarence Harrison lived with after his exoneration: free from prison yet feeling the constant need to provide an alibi for his every move lest he be falsely accused again. Clarence's sentence of life plus twenty plus twenty was levied, in part, because he was unable to provide a reliable alibi.

Lyrics

Big Black Truck

© Hammet/Holst

They unlocked the door

They told me I was free

I walked my longest mile

into the arms of my family

my daughters were grown

my mother was gone

and the boy I was

you know he had moved on

 

but I got a big black truck that’s all my own

long blacktop is my new home

behind the wheel I drive, drive, drive

still I wonder if I’m gonna need an alibi

 

I got some compensation

for the time they stole

but it won’t be money

that’ll make me whole

and the IRS

they took their thirty percent

you know it costs like hell

just to be innocent

 

but I got a big black truck that’s all my own

long blacktop is my new home

behind the wheel I drive, drive, drive

and I wonder if I’m gonna need an alibi

 

is that the shadow of a man

is that an animal

in the smallest room

where I’m feeling comfortable

 

they got me when I was young

but now I’m so much older

still there’s not a day

I don’t look over my shoulder

 

but I got a big black truck that’s all my own

that long blacktop is my new home

behind the wheel I drive, drive, drive

but I wonder if I’m gonna need an alibi