Texas Songwriter Scott Sparks

Music

The Reverend Bewley

06:10
Scott Sparks
2012
Scott Sparks

Lyrics

REVEREND BEWLEY
Anthony Bewley brought the word
Of John Wesley on down
To this land of slavery
Land of latent glory
 
The split of ‘44
Was a hint of things to come
Our comin’ country war
The conscious of a nation
 
The north and southern Methodists
Had divided over slavery
By 1860
The bitterness was crazy
 
Bewley brought his kin to Texas
Just 2 years before
And the preacher’s faith was strong
And he said the south was wrong
 
Send the word on out through the south
That wherever you are
The eyes of god will find you
And send the word on out through the south
“I believe in the good in man
To overcome the evil”
 
Texas troubles
The paper read
The Dallas Herald uncovered it
A plot to burn our towns and then
A slave revolt led by a preacher man
 
“We got evidence here of insurrection
So brothers use your best detection
Sniff out those northern Methodist
Slave lovin’ abolitionist”
 
And
Send the word on down through the south
That our ways are all our own
And it’s them that cast the first stone
Send the word on out through the south
They mean to take our land
They mean to free the African
 
The evidence was a forged letter
That implicated Bewley
He took his wife and blind daughter
Headed for Missouri
 
Just shy of Casville, Missouri
They were circled by a Texas posse
They drug him back to Fort Worth
And hung him there above the earth
 
Left him hangin’ till the following day
When they threw him in a shallow grave
His bare knees stickin above the ground
He was too tall for the end he found
 
So send the word out through the south
From an old oak tree
They hung the Reverend Bewley
Send the word on out through the south
From an old oak tree
They hung the Reverend Bewley
 
The panic that swept the Texas hills
Was the kind the hates and fears and kills
The newspapers they all backed the cause
In southern laws and southern drawls
And Bewley wasn't the only one
They say a hundred or so were also hung
Black and white were lynched from Texas trees
For rumor, fright, and forgeries
 
Send the word on down through the south
Wherever you are
The eyes of God will find you
And send the word on down through the south
Don’t believe in the good of man
To overcome the evil….