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[Tookie] Williams says he's prepared for death but hopes for life
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/2/5 | Leslie Fulbright

Posted on 12/02/2005 7:58:00 AM PST by SmithL

In interview, condemned killer denies guilt, tells of redemption.

Stanley Tookie Williams is not afraid to die.

The 51-year-old convicted murderer, who has spent nearly half of his life on Death Row, knows his scheduled execution date is less than two weeks away, but he says he is not fearful, that it's a prospect he has dealt with his entire life.

"Being near death is nothing new to me or any other black male," Williams said Thursday during an interview in a visiting room at San Quentin State Prison. "I've been shot and close to death many times. This is no different.

"But I am praying that I live. Of course, I want to live."

On Wednesday, the state Supreme Court denied a final appeal by Williams' attorneys to reopen his case. Now, his fate is in the hands of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Williams, his supporters and his attorneys hope the anti-violence work that has led to five Nobel Peace Prize nominations will persuade the governor to reduce his sentence to life in prison without parole.

A private clemency hearing is set for Thursday, five days before his death date.

In preparation for the execution, prison officials have asked Williams what he would like for his last meal, whether he wants to invite any friends or family to witness his death and whether he would like a minister present.

"I told them that if I am going to die, I don't want food or water or sympathy from the place that is going to kill me," said Williams, a soft-spoken man with a bodybuilder's physique and graying hair that is pulled into a tight ponytail. "I don't want anyone present for the sick and perverted spectacle.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: byebyetookie; deathpenalty; dontwussoutarnie; stanleywilliams; tookie; tookiewilliams
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I didn't do it, AND I've reformed myself since I didn't do it.
1 posted on 12/02/2005 7:58:01 AM PST by SmithL
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Tookie Delenda Est!


2 posted on 12/02/2005 7:58:25 AM PST by SmithL (There are a lot of people that hate Bush more than they hate terrorists)
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To: SmithL
"I don't want anyone present for the sick and perverted spectacle."

Any tickets available?

3 posted on 12/02/2005 8:01:12 AM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: SmithL

Are you prepared for Hell Tookie ?


4 posted on 12/02/2005 8:01:38 AM PST by al baby (Father of the beeber)
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To: SmithL

Hopefully during the 'private' clemancy hearing Arnie will walk in carrying a wreath that says 'bon voyage mo-fo!'


5 posted on 12/02/2005 8:01:47 AM PST by pikachu (That which does not kill me just makes me grumpy!)
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To: SmithL
"I've been shot and close to death many times. This is no different. "But I am praying that I live. Of course, I want to live."

Bet the 4 people he murdered felt the same way.

6 posted on 12/02/2005 8:01:59 AM PST by texgal (end no-fault divorce laws return DUE PROCESS & EQUAL PROTECTION to ALL citizens))
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To: SmithL
"Being near death is nothing new to me or any other black male,"....

What an incredible racist statement. But not too suprising coming from this black racist.

7 posted on 12/02/2005 8:02:08 AM PST by AxelPaulsenJr (Pray Daily For Our Troops and President Bush and the SAPPS)
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To: SmithL
"I don't want anyone present for the sick and perverted spectacle."

Did he mean when he shot the 711 employee in the back of the head or was it when he murdered the other people?

8 posted on 12/02/2005 8:02:22 AM PST by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: pikachu

Tookie is the weakest link. Good bye.


9 posted on 12/02/2005 8:02:25 AM PST by manglor
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To: SmithL
"Being near death is nothing new to me or any other black male,"

Yeah, Denzel Washington has been knock'n on deaths door for years..NOT!

YOU'RE ON DECK, TOOKIE MAN.


10 posted on 12/02/2005 8:02:53 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: SmithL

Cool - his victims died alone and with no last meal so it seems only fitting and proper that the tookster do the same.


11 posted on 12/02/2005 8:02:59 AM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten (Is your problem ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care.)
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To: ncountylee

He might be ready for death, but is he ready to hear the words,"Depart from me I never knew you", from the Lion of Judah?


12 posted on 12/02/2005 8:02:59 AM PST by King Koffee
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To: SmithL
...prepared for death....

A lot of people have that misconception.

Dan
How Can I Know God?

13 posted on 12/02/2005 8:03:14 AM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: SmithL
or any other black male


Just had to throw that in there, didn't you.


Of course, I want to live.


The kicker is that others don't want you to.
14 posted on 12/02/2005 8:03:38 AM PST by P-40 (http://www.590klbj.com/forum/index.php?referrerid=1854)
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To: SmithL

"Williams says he wouldn't change anything about his life..."

'Nuff said.


15 posted on 12/02/2005 8:03:52 AM PST by Sometimes A River (Your hands and feet are mangoes, but you're gonna be a genius anyway)
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To: texgal
Tookie sez:

"I don't want anyone present for the sick and perverted spectacle. The thought of that is appalling and inhumane. It is disgusting for a human to sit and watch another human die."

I wonder if he got his jollies watching any of his murder victims die?

16 posted on 12/02/2005 8:03:53 AM PST by GaltMeister (“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”)
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To: SmithL
But I am praying that I live. Of course, I want to live."

...sort of the same feelings your victims had before you blew them to pieces with a shotgun

Doogle

17 posted on 12/02/2005 8:04:30 AM PST by Doogle (USAF...7thAF ..4077th TFW...408th MMS..Ubon Thailand.."69",,Night Line Delivery..AMMO)
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To: Puppage

Is that how they send a murderer to Hell in CA? In the hot seat? I thought they "rode the needle?"


18 posted on 12/02/2005 8:04:33 AM PST by RexBeach ("The rest of the world is three drinks behind." -Humphrey Bogart)
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To: SmithL
Buh-Bye Tookie! Say Hello to Lucifer for me.
19 posted on 12/02/2005 8:04:33 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam Factoid:After forcing young girls to watch his men execute their fathers, Muhammad raped them.)
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To: SmithL
I know the MSM has been ranting about how Tookie has changed. What they don't talk about is how the victims of the murders were changed by Tookie from alive to dead.

If the man was truly a man of God he would respect justice. Justice in this case demands that Tookie perish for his crimes.

20 posted on 12/02/2005 8:05:04 AM PST by frogjerk (LIBERALISM - Being miserable for no good reason)
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To: SmithL
"Being near death is nothing new to me or any other black male," Williams said

Black or white, we’re all just about to die, on a geological timescale.

Unfortunately for Tookie, he’s on a quart of milk timescale.

21 posted on 12/02/2005 8:05:19 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: ncountylee
thought of that is appalling and inhumane. It is disgusting for a human to sit and watch another human die." So thats why he ran away after he shot those humans its ok to shoot them its just sick to watch them die
22 posted on 12/02/2005 8:06:00 AM PST by al baby (Father of the beeber)
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To: RexBeach
I thought they "rode the needle?"

They do get the needle.....can't have them feeling any pain, ya know? I just like the effect of the chair.

23 posted on 12/02/2005 8:06:03 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: dead

I doubt he's buying any green bananas to go with that milk.


24 posted on 12/02/2005 8:07:00 AM PST by freedomlover (This Fall a Woman will be the Mother of a Mouse)
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To: SmithL
"I don't want anyone present for the sick and perverted spectacle.

Well I want people present to laugh at your final gurgles and hurl racial insults at you like you did to your victims, Tookie.

25 posted on 12/02/2005 8:08:09 AM PST by KarlInOhio (In memory of Alvin Owen, Thsai-Shai Yang, Yen-I Yang and Yee Chen Lin:the victims of Tookie Williams)
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To: SmithL
All I can say is his death will be merciful - which is more than that badass sociopath deservies. Williams used buckshot to blow away for people. And I don't have to tell you what some one looks like getting shot repeatedly at close range. This SOB is gettin' off way too easy and I don't mean the clemency pushed on his behalf by the murderer-loving crowd.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie.Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

26 posted on 12/02/2005 8:08:37 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: SmithL

Every time I hear what a "good man" Tookie is, writing children's books even....I can't get a picture of Eddie Murphy and "Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood" out of my mind.

Watch dog bark on a hot summer night,
kill my landlord, kill my landlord,
watch dog bark, though he bite,
kill my landlord, kill my landlord,
slip in his window, break his neck,
then his house I start to wreck,
got no reason, what the heck!
kill my landlord, kill my landlord,
C-I-L-L my landlord


27 posted on 12/02/2005 8:08:55 AM PST by Spyder
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To: SmithL
But I am praying that I live. Of course, I want to live."

I'm sure your victims wanted to live, too, a***ole.

28 posted on 12/02/2005 8:10:44 AM PST by teenyelliott (Soylent green should be made outta liberals...)
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To: Acts 2:38
"Williams says he wouldn't change anything about his life..."

THAT says it all!

29 posted on 12/02/2005 8:10:55 AM PST by goodnesswins (I'll fight a war in my time......so my grandchildren have peace in theirs.)
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To: SmithL
"Being near death is nothing new to me or any other black male," Williams said Thursday during an interview in a visiting room at San Quentin State Prison.

So go ahead and die already and don't paint yourself as Jesus Christ, you murdering b*st*rd!

30 posted on 12/02/2005 8:11:45 AM PST by Rummyfan
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To: GaltMeister
I wonder if he got his jollies watching any of his murder victims die?

Yep. Some of his buds testified about how he laughed when imitating the gasping last breaths of his victims.

Nice guy.

31 posted on 12/02/2005 8:12:21 AM PST by Restorer (They want to die. We want to kill them.)
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To: SmithL

32 posted on 12/02/2005 8:12:49 AM PST by MarineBrat (Islam/Borg - The only difference is the stolen technology level.)
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To: SmithL
"Being near death is nothing new to me or any other black male,"

Yeah, I'm sure Clarence Thomas and Walter Williams are in the next cell down the hall.

Vile. Just vile.

33 posted on 12/02/2005 8:13:21 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (Note for visitors at Arafat's grave - first dance, THEN pee.)
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To: SmithL

We wouldn't want all of his "preparation" for death to go to waste, would we?


34 posted on 12/02/2005 8:14:29 AM PST by Salvey (ancest)
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To: SmithL

The five nobel peace prize nominations alone are enough for me to want him to die.

 

Owl_Eagle

(If what I just wrote makes you sad or angry,

 it was probably sarcasm)

35 posted on 12/02/2005 8:14:46 AM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: SmithL

My he be granted a swift demise.


36 posted on 12/02/2005 8:15:23 AM PST by Tax-chick ("You don't HAVE to be a fat pervert to speak out about eating too much and lack of morals." ~ LG)
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To: SmithL
He is working on two books, one about violence and racism and another about female gangs.

Better type faster. And include black racism in the book.

his failure to go through an official gang "debriefing" means that he is still involved.

That's just stupid though, as if some official debriefing suddenly ensures that someone isn't involved with gangs anymore.

37 posted on 12/02/2005 8:17:00 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: AxelPaulsenJr
"Being near death is nothing new to me or any other black male,"....

No just black males who decide to get involved with gangs.

38 posted on 12/02/2005 8:18:38 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: SmithL

Being near death is nothing new to me or any other black male...," Williams said.


What he should have said> "Being near death is nothing new to me or any other black male (who has chosen to live the life of a fool, hating and believing that someone white owes me something other than respect and has unfortunately come face to face with the consequences of his own actions. #@%^! I wish I hadn't got caught.)


note to Williams: ...this black male has never had that problem.


39 posted on 12/02/2005 8:19:51 AM PST by CAPTAINSUPERMARVELMAN
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To: Puppage
They do get the needle.....can't have them feeling any pain, ya know?

I wonder if they sterilize the needle beforehand. Can't risk an infection, don'cha know.

40 posted on 12/02/2005 8:19:55 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: pikachu

It could happen that way but I will be surprised, abit it pleasantly, if Arnold does not grant him clemency.


41 posted on 12/02/2005 8:21:16 AM PST by sport
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To: SmithL
Ever so often the left conceives another of these infatuations with criminals--and sentimentalize him, striking the "redeemer" pose.

Recurring pathology--wonder where it comes from? An interesting psychological "tic" of the left.

42 posted on 12/02/2005 8:21:18 AM PST by Mamzelle (evoelitist#4--Hey, if you wanna be the Evangelical GED Party--!)
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To: SmithL
So he's a five time loser in the Nobel Prize competition? He should hope for the needle. If he gets it, he'll be a LOCK to be given the prize next year post humously.
43 posted on 12/02/2005 8:21:46 AM PST by San Jacinto (Hearing something on the network news is reason enough to disbelieve it.)
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To: SmithL

What a piece of work. They'll nominate anyone for a Nobel Peace Prize these days, and I sure hope Arnold doesn't buckle under and pardon that bum.


44 posted on 12/02/2005 8:22:03 AM PST by TheSpottedOwl ("President Bush, start building that wall"!)
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To: SmithL
From About.com . . .

To date, Stanley 'Tookie' Williams' case has received extensive legal scrutiny in both state and federal court. Since his conviction in 1981, Williams has pursued multiple appeals and habeas corpus petitions. In each and every instance, in both state and federal court, his conviction has been affirmed as appropriate and just, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney's office.

On April 18, 1980, the trial court granted Williams' motion to substitute his hand-picked attorney, Joseph Ingber, as attorney of record in place of Gerald Lenoir.

On January 21, 1981, the jury trial commenced and on March 13, 1981, the jury returned guilty verdicts of four counts of first-degree murder and two counts of robbery. The jury also found the special circumstance allegations of robbery-murder and multiple murder to be true. Lastly, the jury found true the special allegations that defendant Williams personally used a shotgun and that a principal was armed with a firearm.

On March 17, 1981, both parties having rested without presenting evidence at the penalty phase, argument was presented on behalf of the People and defendant Williams as to whether the penalty should be death or life imprisonment without possibility of parole. Following arguments and instructions of law by the Court on this issue, the jury, on March 18, 1981, returned a verdict of death as to each of the charged first-degree murders.

On April 15, 1981, defendant Williams' motions for a new trial and for modification of the verdict and findings imposing the death penalty were heard by the Court and denied. The trial court then sentenced Williams to death on counts 1, 2, 3 and 7.

On April 11, 1988, on automatic appeal to the California Supreme Court, in the cases of People v. Stanley Williams, Crim. No. 21977, and In re Stanley Williams, Crim. No. 23806, consolidated under Case No. S004365, and published at (1988) 44 Cal.3d 1127, the imposition of the death penalty was affirmed and defendant Williams' first habeas petition was denied following an evidentiary hearing.

On January 18, 1989, the California Supreme Court denied defendant Williams' second state habeas petition in Case No. S008526.

On that same date, January 18, 1988, defendant Williams filed his first federal habeas petition in the United States District Court in Case No. CV89-00327-SVW. The district court held that petition in abeyance while defendant Williams returned to the California Supreme Court with his unexhausted claims.

On April 11, 1994, following another evidentiary hearing, the California Supreme Court denied defendant Williams' third state habeas petition in Case No. S011868, published at (1994) 7 Cal.4th 572.

On June 21, 1995, the California Supreme Court denied defendant Williams' fourth state habeas petition in Case No. S039285.

On December 21, 1988, defendant Williams returned to federal court and, following an evidentiary hearing, the United States District Court denied defendant Williams' amended habeas petition in Case No. CV89-00327-SVW, and published its order at (1998) 41 F.Supp.2d 1043.

On December 17, 1999, defendant Williams' subsequent Rule 60(b) motion to reopen the judgment was denied, and the order was published at (1999) 1999 WL 1320903.

On September 10, 2002, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied defendant Williams' direct appeal and Rule 60(b) motion in Case Nos. 99-99018 and 00-99001, published at (2002) 306 F.3d 665.

On September 9, 2004, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals amended the opinion and denied defendant Williams' petition for rehearing and suggestion for rehearing en banc, published at (2004) 384 F.3d 567.

On February 2, 2005, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied defendant Williams' subsequent petition for rehearing and suggestion for rehearing en banc, published at (2005) 396 F.3d 1059.

Finally, on October 11, 2005, the United States Supreme Court denied defendant Williams' petition for writ of certiorari in Case No. 04-10500.
As this historical accounting proves, Williams has benefited from a detailed and exhaustive review of all of his legal claims and each court has affirmed the guilty verdicts and affirmed the death sentence. In doing so, our courts, both state and federal, have given appropriate and serious consideration to Williams, consideration which Williams so violently denied each of his victims.
45 posted on 12/02/2005 8:22:46 AM PST by BraveMan
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To: GaltMeister

I wonder if he got his jollies watching any of his murder victims die?


16 posted on 12/02/2005 8:03:53 AM PST by GaltMeister

My money says he did.


46 posted on 12/02/2005 8:23:08 AM PST by sport
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To: Spyder

Every time I hear what a "good man" Tookie is, writing children's books even....I can't get a picture of Eddie Murphy and "Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood" out of my mind.

Watch dog bark on a hot summer night,
kill my landlord, kill my landlord,
watch dog bark, though he bite,
kill my landlord, kill my landlord,
slip in his window, break his neck,
then his house I start to wreck,
got no reason, what the heck!
kill my landlord, kill my landlord,
C-I-L-L my landlord


Actually that wasn't Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood, but his Images by Tyrone Greene poem. Funny stuff.


47 posted on 12/02/2005 8:24:08 AM PST by CAPTAINSUPERMARVELMAN
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To: Puppage

Roge-oh! Thanks!


48 posted on 12/02/2005 8:25:01 AM PST by RexBeach ("The rest of the world is three drinks behind." -Humphrey Bogart)
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It began when they come took me from my home
And put me on Death Row,
a crime for which I am totally innocent, you know.

I began to warm and chill
To objects and their fields,
A ragged cup, a twisted mop
The face of Jesus in my soup
Those sinister dinner deals
The meal trolley's wicked wheels
A hooked bone rising from my food
All things either good or ungood.

And the mercy seat is waiting
And I think my head is burning
And in a way I'm yearning
To be done with all this weighing of the truth.
An eye for an eye
And a tooth for a tooth
And anyway I told the truth
And I'm not afraid to die.

I hear stories from the chamber
Christ was born into a manger
And like some ragged stranger
He died upon the cross
Might I say, it seems so fitting in its way
He was a carpenter by trade
Or at least that's what I'm told

My kill-hand's
tatooed E.V.I.L. across it's brother's fist
That filthy five! They did nothing to challenge or resist.

In Heaven His throne is made of gold
The ark of his Testament is stowed
A throne from which I'm told
All history does unfold.
It's made of wood and wire
And my body is on fire
And God is never far away.

Into the mercy seat I climb
My head is shaved, my head is wired
And like a moth that tries
To enter the bright eye
I go shuffling out of life
Just to hide in death awhile
And anyway I never lied.

And the mercy seat is waiting
And I think my head is burning
And in a way I'm yearning
To be done with all this weighing of the truth.
An eye for an eye
And a tooth for a tooth
And anyway I told the truth
And I'm not afraid to die.

And the mercy seat is burning
And I think my head is glowing
And in a way I'm hoping
To be done with all this twisting of the truth.
An eye for an eye
And a tooth for a tooth
And anyway there was no proof
And I'm not afraid to die.

And the mercy seat is glowing
And I think my head is smoking
And in a way I'm hoping
To be done with all these looks of disbelief.
A life for a life
And a truth for a truth
And I've got nothing left to lose
And I'm not afraid to die.

And the mercy seat is smoking
And I think my head is melting
And in a way that's helping
To be done with all this twisting of the truth
An eye for an eye
And a tooth for a tooth
And anyway I told the truth
But I'm afraid I told a lie.


JOHNNY CASH - "The Mercy Seat"
49 posted on 12/02/2005 8:26:54 AM PST by BraveMan
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To: TheSpottedOwl
"They'll nominate anyone for a Nobel Peace Prize these days."

I would like to be nominated. Not that I've ever done anything worthy, but it would be a great pick up line for hippy chicks.

50 posted on 12/02/2005 8:29:19 AM PST by skikvt
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