Kris Kristofferson

Jesse Younger

Words & Music by Kris Kristofferson

c. 1971 Universal Music Publishing

 

Little Jesse Younger was a well-respected lad

Doing all he could to please his mommy and his dad

But he never planned to be the man

They said that he’d become

And somehow or another Jesse’s little baby brother

Is his father’s and his mother’s only son

 

Every day the neighbors say that it’s a dirty shame

The way he spat upon his family and scandalized their name

And his parents never really ever said he’d been disowned

But somehow or another now his little baby brother

Is his father’s and his mother’s only son

 

Oh, Jesse Younger you’re a devil not a man

Can you dare to treat your parents so unkind?

You have selfishly refused to live your life the way they planned

And you’ve started going your own way and speaking your own mind

 

Jesse Younger’s parents wonder where it all went wrong

Now that Jesse’s name has turned to ashes on their tongues

But he chose to starve and try to carve a future of his own

And he got his druthers because now his younger brother

Is his father’s and his mother’s only son.

 

 

 

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