They Killed Him

Lyrics: Kris Kristofferson
Music: Kris Kristofferson

Played during the Dylan/Dead rehearsals but never at a show.

There was a man named Mahatma Ghandi
He would not bow down, he would not fight
He knew the deal was down and dirty
And nothing wrong could make it right away

But he knew his duty, and the price he had to pay
Just another holy man who tried to make a stand
My God, they killed him

Another man from Atlanta, Georgia
By the name of Martin Luther King
He shook the land like rolling thunder
And made the bells of freedom ring today

With a dream of beauty that they could not burn away
Just another holy man who dared to be a friend
My God, they killed him

The only son of God Almighty
The holy one called Jesus Christ
Healed the lame and fed the hungry
And for his love they took his life away

On the road to glory where the story never ends
Just the holy son of man we'll never understand
My God, they killed him

Sing about Mahatma Ghandi
Sing of Martin Luther King
Sing Of Jesus Christ Almighty
And the brothers Kennedy

Recordings
Dylan recorded this on "Knocked Out Loaded." Both the Kristofferson and Dylan versions are on Kristopherson's "Singer/Songwriter."