Song of the Day #2,809: ‘Way Down in the Hole’ – The Neville Brothers

wire_season_threeSeason Three of The Wire returned to the network of cops and drug dealers who dominated the first season. Idris Elba’s drug kingpin Stringer Bell, one of the most charismatic villains ever, moved to center stage as he tried to get into legitimate business and ran into a buzz saw of truly villainous politicians and real estate moguls.

The dominant storyline in this season was a bold experiment by a soon-to-retire police major: the essential legalization of drugs in one small corner of the city, where the police force agreed to look the other way as long as the dealers steered clear of the rest of town.

Singing this season’s version of ‘Way Down in the Hole’ are the Neville Brothers. Season Three is one of my favorites (up there with One and Four) but this is my least favorite rendition of the opening song.

When you walk through the garden
You gotta watch your back
Well I beg your pardon
Walk the straight and narrow track
When you walk with Jesus
He’s gonna save your soul
You got to keep the devil
You gotta keep him
Down in the hole

He’s got the fire people
He’s got the fury
At his command
You don’t have to worry
Hold on to hold on to Jesus’ hand
We’ll all be safe from Satan when the thunder
When the thunder starts to roll
We got to keep the devil keep him on down
Down in the hole

That red horned lousy low life
Underneath our boots
Praise the Lord
I don’t know what it is
Two dollar
That demon meister
Three dollar
That prince devil
Just see if you can come up with a figure
That matches your faith
You say how much has Jesus done for you
And we got to go in with our
Hydraulic system and blast him out
People can I get an amen

All the angels
They start to sing
All about Jesus’ mighty sword
And they’ll shield you with their wings
People they’ll keep you close to the Lord
Now don’t pay heed to temptation
For his hands are so cold
You gotta keep the Devil
Keep him on down in the hole
Down in the hole
Down in the hole
Down in the hole

Well people I got to speak about something
Can I get an amen
Can I get a hallelujah
Praise the lord
Have mercy
The lord is a very very busy man
I do what I can
But Jesus is always going for the big picture
But he’s always there to help us out of the little jams too

Down in the hole
Down in the hole
Down in the hole
Keep him down in the hole
We got to keep the Devil
Down in the hole
We got to keep the Devil
Keep him on down in the hole

Down
Down down down
Mighty devil
I send you down below my boots
Down down
Filling my life
With anger and strife
Go down mighty Devil
Find a place to live
Down down down

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,809: ‘Way Down in the Hole’ – The Neville Brothers

  1. Dana says:

    I kinda like the Nevilles’ take on the song.

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