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“ 'I hit him, yes, it's true,
But that's what I am paid to do.
Don't say 'murder,' don't say 'kill' -
It was destiny, it was God's will.' ”

(Bob Dylan)


A classic parody and social protest song about a real boxer who died in the ring and yet no one involved would admit that either they, or the sport itself, could be held in any way responsibile. A wonderful psychological exposé exploring complex universal themes, including that worst of human traits: denial. Simon Rees, March 2007


Who Killed Davey Moore?

Bob Dylan, 1963

Who killed Davey Moore,
Why 'n' what's the reason for?


"Not I," says the referee,
"Don't point your finger at me.
Sure, I could've stopped it in the eighth
'N' maybe kept him from his terrible fate,
But the crowd would've booed, I'm sure,
At not gettin' their money's worth.
It's too bad that he had to go,
But there was pressure on me too, you know.
No, it wasn't me that made him fall.
You can't blame me at all."

Who killed Davey Moore,
Why 'n' what's the reason for?


"Not us," says the angry crowd,
Whose screams filled the arena loud.
"It's too bad he died that night,
But we just like to see a good fight.
We didn't mean for him to meet his death,
We just like to see some sweat,
There ain't nothing wrong in that.
It wasn't us that made him fall.
You can't blame us at all."

Who killed Davey Moore,
Why 'n' what's the reason for?


"Not I," says his manager,
Puffing on a big cigar.
"It's hard to say, it's hard to tell,
I always thought that he was well.
It's too bad for his wife 'n' kids he's dead,
But if he was sick, he should've said.
It wasn't me that made him fall.
No, you can't blame me at all."

Who killed Davey Moore,
Why 'n' what's the reason for?



"Not me," says the gambling man,
With his ticket stub still in his hand.
"It wasn't me that knocked him down,
My hands never touched him none.
I didn't commit no ugly sin,
Anyway, I put money on him to win.
It wasn't me that made him fall.
No, you can't blame me at all."

Who killed Davey Moore,
Why 'n' what's the reason for?


"Not I," says the boxing writer,
Who pounds the print in his old typewriter,
Sayin', "Boxing ain't to blame,
There's just as much danger in a football game."
Sayin', "Boxing is here to stay,
It's just the old American way.
No, it wasn't me that made him fall.
You can't blame me at all."

Who killed Davey Moore,
Why 'n' what's the reason for?


"Not I," says the man whose fists
Laid him low in a cloud of mist,
Who came here from Cuba's door
Where boxing ain't allowed no more.
"I hit him, yes, it's true,
But that's what I am paid to do.
Don't say 'murder,' don't say 'kill' -
It was destiny, it was God's will."

Who killed Davey Moore,
Why 'n' what's the reason for?

 

Copyright © 1964; renewed 1992 Special Rider Music

 

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