I live in a ghost town, ghost town, ghost town, ghost town.
On the empty streets of my downtown, phantoms peer through
boarded up second story windows, witnessing the decay and the
passing of a better day.
On the waterfront, burnt remnants of piers line the shore from
a long ago fire telling of a once thriving town, never replaced.
A loss never really faced.
The wraiths of sailors and passengers on ships drowned
at the bar also walk this town. Unlucky fate and bad decisions
by greedy men's ambitions.
Alonso Tucker and Timothy Pettis murdered by angry men,
still haunt this lonely town. Long forgotten, but still here,
seeking justice, never near.
And now a dead “hero” adorns a downtown wall.
A young man killed in his prime. His quotes on sidewalk brass.
He ran in circles until his crash.
A perfect “hero” for this
ghost town, ghost town, ghost town, ghost town.
ghost town, ghost town, ghost town, ghost town
Note: Alonso Tucker has the distinction of being the only black man lynched in Oregon.
He was chased down by a mob of coal miners on September 18, 1902. He allegedly
assaulted a white woman, but he never went to trial.
The mob was lauded by the press.
Timothy Pettis was a black janitor and war veteran who walked into the wrong cafe on
July 6, 1924. His castrated body was found floating in Coos Bay a week later. The top
local law enforcement officials decided to take a vacation. It was widely believed to be
the work of the KKK which was quite active in the area at the time.
The murder was never solved.