A girl could feel special on any such like."
Says James, to Red Molly, "My hat's off to you.
It's a Vincent Black Lightning, 1952.
And I've seen you on the corners and cafes, it seems.
Red hair and black leather, my favorite color scheme."
And he pulled her on behind,
And down to Boxhill,
Says James, to Red Molly, "Here's a ring for your right hand.
But I'll tell you in earnest I'm a dangerous man;
For I've fought with the law since I was seventeen.
I've robbed many a man to get my Vincent machine.
And now I'm twenty-one years, I might make twenty-two.
And I don't mind dyin' but for the love of you.
But if fate should break my stride, then I'll give you my Vincent,
"Come down Red Molly, " called Sargent McQuade.
"For they've taken young James Aidee for Armed Robbery.
Shotgun blast hit his chest, left nothing inside.
Oh, come down, Red Molly, to his dying bedside."
When she came to the hospital, there wasn't much left.
He was runnin' out of road. He was runnin' out of breath.
But he smiled, to see her cry.
And said, "I'll give you my Vincent.
Said James, "In my opinion, there's nothing in this world
Beats a '52 Vincent and a Redheaded girl.
Now Nortons and Indians and Greeves' won't do.
Oh, they don't have a Soul like a Vincent '52."
Well he reached for her hand and he slipped her the keys.
He said, "I've got no further use...for these.
I see Angels on Ariels in leather and chrome,
Swoopin' down from Heaven to carry me home."
And he gave her one last kiss and died.
And he gave her his Vincent.
|1952 Vincent Black Shadow, similar to the Black Lightning|
|1949 Vincent Red Rapide|
|1952 Norton Model 7 Dominator, the Norton factory's first twin cylinder machine|
|1953 Indian Chief, big and bulky and built for the wide open road|
|1955 Greeves 20T, a time-trial bike|
|1957 Greeves Fleetwing|
|1938 Ariel Red Hunter|
I can't imagine why the Triumph fails to get a mention in this song.
|1952 Harley-Davidson FL Hydra-Glide|
|Jack Ehret set the Australian land speed record (141.5 mph) on this motorcycle in January 1953|
Read more about the bike on The Hot Bid, and learn about a second Vincent Black Lightning going up for sale at Bonhams in Alabama in October 2018.
|"Red hair and black leather, my favorite color scheme."|