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This undated photo provided by the Arizona National Guard shows Sgt. Howard Paul Allen with his children, from left to right, Edwin, Caitlin and Devlin. Allen, who served in an Arizona Army National Guard military police unit, was killed Monday, Sept. 26, 2005, in Baghdad when a roadside bomb exploded near his military vehicle. He was assigned to the 860th Military Police Company, which was deployed to Iraq on March 5. (AP Photo/Arizona National Guard)

Death Don’t Have No Mercy
by Gary Davis

Death don’t have no mercy in this land.
Death don’t have no mercy in this land.
Well he’ll come to your house, but he won’t stay long.
Look in the bed and somebody’ll be gone.
Death don’t have no mercy in this land.

Death’ll go in any family in this land.
Death go in any family in this land.
Well, he’ll come to your house and he won’t stay long
Well, you look in the bed and one of your family will be gone.
Death don’t have no mercy in this land.

Well, he never takes a vacation in this land.
Old Death never takes a vacation in this land.
Well, he’ll come to your house and he won’t stay long
Well, you look in the bed and your mama will be gone.
Death don’t have no mercy in this land.

Well, he’ll leave you standin’ and cryin’ in this land.
Well, Death’ll leave you standin’ and crying in this land.
Well, he’ll come to your house but he won’t stay long,
Look in the bed and your father will be gone.
Death don’t have no mercy in this land.

Oh, Death always in a hurry in this land.
Death—always in a hurry in this land.
Well, he’ll come to your house, but he won’t stay long
Look in the bed and one o’ your family will be gone.
Death don’t have no mercy in this land.

Well, they won’t give you time to get ready in this land.
No, they won’t give you time to get ready in this land.
Well, he’ll come to your house but he won’t stay long,
Look in the bed and somebody will be gone.
No, they won’t give you time to get ready in this land.

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