Francis, Sage - Little Houdini Lyrics



Christopher Daniel Gay was arrested on a Friday
In Florida at the Daytona International Speedway
He was a fugitive on the run,
Christopher made a quick escape
while being transported in a van
that was picking up convicts state to state.
He did it during a bathroom break,
he hot-wired somebody's pickup

In fact,
Christopher had a long history of theft
involving trucks,
He was on route to Alabama
for stealing someone's travel trailer
Grand Theft Auto
He was a career criminal, jailbird
who also had three outstanding warrants
in his home state of Tennessee

It was an outstanding performance that set him free

Little Houdini
Stole a big rig, then a tour bus that belonged to Crystal Gayle
to evade a five state manhunt that wanted to put that birdy back in jail
but they failed
[?]
'cause Christopher wasn't just running from cops
Christopher Gay was now racing a clock
his mother was dying
and there was no time to be held
inside of a cage with locks
so yall can turn up your nose
and suck on your teeth and wag your finger like tsk-tsk
but he had to take the risk
Little Houdini

There wasn't a single thing sinister in his decision
to break from the prison
His only motive was to go back to his childhood home
while his mom was still living
it wasn't a house
more like an old mobile camper
where she was bedridden diagnosed with colon cancer

Sometimes,
The only answer we're left with
when the loved one's name is on the death list
Is to head for the exits and go home
Christopher got the hell out of Texas
His abandonment was reckless
It prolonged his sentence
Y'all can forget it

He had numerous convictions and none were as strong as this
Unless you consider the other instance
He went the distance

Similar situation, it was a bizarre coincidence
When he escaped from the prison the first time,
Not this time, but the one before
He visited his dad
Cause he was dying inside of a mental ward
Suffering from Alzheimer's
He paid respects
Made his peace
When he was done
He didn't run
He returned himself back to the police

That's when his mom made her plea
She said:
"He knows what he done was wrong,
but he knows his father don't got long
He's not a fugitive on the run
He's not dangerous, he's our son
he ain't never hurt no one

He knows what he's done was wrong,
but he knows his father don't got long
He's not a fugitive on the run
He's our son"

This ain't no country western song.

Christopher wasn't just running from cops
Christopher Gay was now racing a clock
his mother was dying
and there was no time to be held
inside of a cage with locks
So Y'all can go on tossing rocks
And talk your talk like tsk tsk

Meanwhile Chris is stealing a tractor trailer from Wal-Mart
An 18 wheeler, he's peeling rubber the bird takes flight down turnpikes
Three hundred thousand dollars worth of merchandise, but it ain't worth her life
Ran it off the road, and abandoned it
50 yards from his moms to avoid the cops
Thats half a football field from her feeble arms

After all this stuff
The tour bus, the pick up trucks
The tractor trailer, interstate chases
He put on the brakes and couldn't get close enough
The news reporters told people to lock their doors
Like there was a monster on the loose but there was no truth to those reports.

His mom had weeks to live
And Chris had years to serve
They were within shouting distance
But I don't think he heard her final words.
I don't think he heard her final words.

She made her plea to the TV

"He knows what he's done was wrong,
but he knows his mama don't got long
He's not a fugitive on the run
He's not dangerous, he's my son
he ain't never hurt no one

He knows what he's done was wrong,
but he knows his mama don't got long
He's not a fugitive on the run
He's not dangerous, he's my son"

This ain't no country western song.

The third time he escaped from a state cop at the Georgia pit-stop
He just slipped out of the handcuffs, he jumped ship then he took off
With no father to visit, no mom to go home to
Just an open road where he could be free
Little Houdini

With no father to visit, no mom to go home to
Just a wide open sky where he could fly
With no father to visit, no mom to go home to
Just an open road where he could be free
Little Houdini

With no father to visit, no mom to go home to
Just a wide open sky where he could fly
With no father to visit, no mom to go home to
Just an open road where he could be free
Little Houdini

With no father to visit, no mom to go home to
Just a wide open sky where he could fly
With no father to visit, no mom to go home to
Just an open road where he could be free
Little Houdini




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Francis, Sage Little Houdini Comments
  1. Brandon Paino

    Dont think anybody cares but I wanted to let anyone in the struggle know they're not alone. I played this song for my grandmother when it was my time to go away. Talking with my friend who went away for some times mother yesterday and she spoke about how they listen to this song b4 he goes away and I fucking FELT THAT

  2. Chris Maw

    Shit I think I would do the same sad song

  3. Silvia Foxworth

    I'm not crying, you are!

  4. Eric Burmeister

    nytime sage., weare ready

  5. Johnny McCollum

    Newschannel5 just name dropped this song after little Houdini was caught again...wish a movie would be made about him.fellow Tennessean here.

  6. Chris Maw

    Sad just wanted to see his mom

  7. Zaydah Tapola-gay

    I am his daughter haven't seen him in 8 years it steal hurts

  8. Chris Maw

    Sad story

  9. Thedude2283

    Christopher Daniel Gay was arrested on a Friday
    In Florida at the Daytona International Speedway
    He was a fugitive on the run,
    Christopher made a quick escape
    while being transported in a van
    that was picking up convicts state to state.
    He did it during a bathroom break,
    he hot-wired somebody's pickup

    In fact,
    Christopher had a long history of theft
    involving trucks,
    He was on route to Alabama
    for stealing someone's travel trailer
    Grand Theft Auto
    He was a career criminal, jailbird
    who also had three outstanding warrants
    in his home state of Tennessee

    It was an outstanding performance that set him free

    Little Houdini
    Stole a big rig, then a tour bus that belonged to Crystal Gayle
    to evade a five state manhunt that wanted to put that birdy back in jail
    but they failed
    [?]
    'cause Christopher wasn't just running from cops
    Christopher Gay was now racing a clock
    his mother was dying
    and there was no time to be held
    inside of a cage with locks
    so yall can turn up your nose
    and suck on your teeth and wag your finger like tsk-tsk
    but he had to take the risk
    Little Houdini

    There wasn't a single thing sinister in his decision
    to break from the prison
    His only motive was to go back to his childhood home
    while his mom was still living
    it wasn't a house
    more like an old mobile camper
    where she was bedridden diagnosed with colon cancer

    Sometimes,
    The only answer we're left with
    when the loved one's name is on the death list
    Is to head for the exits and go home
    Christopher got the hell out of Texas
    His abandonment was reckless
    It prolonged his sentence
    Y'all can forget it

    He had numerous convictions and none were as strong as this
    Unless you consider the other instance
    He went the distance

    Similar situation, it was a bizarre coincidence
    When he escaped from the prison the first time,
    Not this time, but the one before
    He visited his dad
    Cause he was dying inside of a mental ward
    Suffering from Alzheimer's
    He paid respects
    Made his peace
    When he was done
    He didn't run
    He returned himself back to the police

    That's when his mom made her plea
    She said:
    "He knows what he done was wrong,
    but he knows his father don't got long
    He's not a fugitive on the run
    He's not dangerous, he's our son
    he ain't never hurt no one

    He knows what he's done was wrong,
    but he knows his father don't got long
    He's not a fugitive on the run
    He's our son"

    This ain't no country western song.

    Christopher wasn't just running from cops
    Christopher Gay was now racing a clock
    his mother was dying
    and there was no time to be held
    inside of a cage with locks
    So Y'all can go on tossing rocks
    And talk your talk like tsk tsk

    Meanwhile Chris is stealing a tractor trailer from Wal-Mart
    An 18 wheeler, he's peeling rubber the bird takes flight down turnpikes
    Three hundred thousand dollars worth of merchandise, but it ain't worth her life
    Ran it off the road, and abandoned it
    50 yards from his moms to avoid the cops
    Thats half a football field from her feeble arms

    After all this stuff
    The tour bus, the pick up trucks
    The tractor trailer, interstate chases
    He put on the brakes and couldn't get close enough
    The news reporters told people to lock their doors
    Like there was a monster on the loose but there was no truth to those reports.

    His mom had weeks to live
    And Chris had years to serve
    They were within shouting distance
    But I don't think he heard her final words.
    I don't think he heard her final words.

    She made her plea to the TV

    "He knows what he's done was wrong,
    but he knows his mama don't got long
    He's not a fugitive on the run
    He's not dangerous, he's my son
    he ain't never hurt no one

    He knows what he's done was wrong,
    but he knows his mama don't got long
    He's not a fugitive on the run
    He's not dangerous, he's my son"

    This ain't no country western song.

    The third time he escaped from a state cop at the Georgia pit-stop
    He just slipped out of the handcuffs, he jumped ship then he took off
    With no father to visit, no mom to go home to
    Just an open road where he could be free
    Little Houdini

    With no father to visit, no mom to go home to
    Just a wide open sky where he could fly
    With no father to visit, no mom to go home to
    Just an open road where he could be free
    Little Houdini

    With no father to visit, no mom to go home to
    Just a wide open sky where he could fly
    With no father to visit, no mom to go home to
    Just an open road where he could be free
    Little Houdini

    With no father to visit, no mom to go home to
    Just a wide open sky where he could fly
    With no father to visit, no mom to go home to
    Just an open road where he could be free
    Little Houdini

  10. Eric Krebs

    Great story legit

  11. Zakk Brown

    I'm not crying YOU'RE CRYING

  12. PuR3 Teal

    Christopher Daniel Gay and I got very close together. He got engaged to my mom and I loved Chris a lot. Listening to this song make me cry because of how close we got

  13. Alecksviegas

    heard the story on Radiolab an knew it was from this song I didn't know it was a true story.

  14. Antonio Anthony

    Wow. Way to insult the Jehovah's Witnesses with the ending sound clip. Sage, you are the biggest jerk in underground hip hop. Congrats.

    Sage Francis

    You're welcome. Fuck JW's.

    Nancy Negative

    JW have a massive suicide rate. Such a positive influence ...The whole religion is about control and you don’t have to agree with the lyrics to appreciate the art.

  15. Vickey waldo

    Listen at 5:35

  16. Extendo

    I'm not crying I just have something in my eye *sniff*

  17. bob Jones

    most of the when sage comes to town, i pour over the newest album to refamiliarize myself with the lyrics.
    i had to listen to this song over and over simply to get to a point where i wouldn't cry when i heard it live.

  18. Arnaud

    Listening to this song, over, and over again... priceless...

  19. Crossbow Tim

    Soo good, fantastic drumwork, the story, even the reverb/delay effects are perfect. I remember seeing this actual story on TV at my moms back in the day and thinking NO WAY, it's a true story. Sage Francis wrecks. Great storytelling.

    Steve Mattos

    I saw him live in Berlin and it was excellent. One of the best hip hop concerts I've ever been to. MAYBE 50 people. If you ever have the chance to see him live, I strongly recommend it.

  20. Jeremy Solar

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Daniel_Gay

  21. Timothy Farnsworth

    How the hell does this not have 50,000,000+ views? Love this track. Fantastic story told in a fantastic way

    zach toone

    @Timothy Farnsworth Well Timothy, its because most people dont take time out of there busy day to find real music ....Its unfortunate that most radio stations only play top 100 songs

    Ravix

    @zach toone "real" music.

    Drea m

    👌👌

    Glass Menagerie

    Peeps have a hard time listening if there isn't a pop-ish hook in the thing.

  22. Braxes Lentinis

    Show us some pictures of your wedding! 😄 and you lets see what your workplace looks like.

  23. Jason Kuebler

    I don't have to keep running did my time paid my shit just remember get a lawyer not a public pretender

  24. Brandon Allison

    This is Faithypooh97 yes it is about my dad .. this is a true story about his life ..

  25. Brandon Allison

    Joe yes it is .. this song is a true story about my dads life ..

  26. nickbagelboy

    Is Chris still alive??

    Faith Gay

    Yes Chris is still alive but he is currently in prison again ..

    nickbagelboy

    @Faith Gay Yaaaaa, that's what I heard. I actually read somewhere that they were in the process of making a movie about him!! I wish it would come out!!

    Zaydah Tapola-gay

    Yes he's out of prison now

  27. karl jhonson

    this sound like eminem no?

    karl jhonson

    jajajaja xD

    Gavin Murray

    @Jony Cruz No.

  28. joe valdez

    Faithypoo97 is this for real about your step dad?

    Faith Gay

    Yes this is really about my step dad , Christopher Daniel Gay is my daddy

    M Sedgwick

    @Faith Gay
    dope

    joe valdez

    that's insane that guy was was a G

  29. joe valdez

    Bad ass song love sage Francis an his work

  30. Faithypooh97

    My daddy is a hella good man and has never done any wrong .. I miss him a hella lot 😥 I am Christopher Daniel Gays step daughter .. 💚

    joe stone

    Faithypooh97 your dad is a piece of shit

    adi cosmin

    as are you.and your dad.
    you just did not get the media coverage.

    joe stone

    Faithypooh97 Well, not as common criminals, no we haven't but there is no regret in this at all. There is nothing honorable or cute about stealing things that belong to other people.
    My car was stolen from my driveway last year. I am a teacher and am not loaded with money. People that steal other peoples things are dirt bags.

    davethedude1234

    @joe stone Possessions don't mean anything to me.

    AeneasGemini

    @joe stone It's not about honourable or cute, it's about amazing stories and the complex people behind them. He did bad things (the song says as much) but he's a human being who had a good story and unfortunate talent for crime

  31. Cynical Bastard

    so much feels in this song

    nickbagelboy

    Is that Cage in your DP??!! :)

  32. Greg Mann

    Life is just a lie with an F in it...

    ifixcopiers

    AND DEATH IS DEFINATE

  33. AwakeDude911

    most people don't understand the battle on earth that's going on !
    its been good and evil battle ground for as long as we have been here.

    99% of all things know is a lie....ONLY when you see the world for what it truly is can you really be free..

    love one another and help when you can but never trust anyone UNLESS they earn it or regret will be with you always.

  34. Jason Garland

    freakin'''love this song(lyrics/the intro 2 a great album..t/u!

  35. Jason Kuebler

    i spent 15 years on the run and lost my mom during this period i can relate to this more than i can explain here

    nickbagelboy

    How old are you??

  36. Jason Kuebler

    every time

  37. FutureLaugh

    the natural state of human beings, whether fair or villainous, is to be inherently free. Can i blame any convict for wanting what comes so natural?

    I'm a moron, also

    No, but you can blame him for stealing all those cars.

    TripsDaddy9909

    I'm a moron, also no one can blame him for that, that there is Gods work.

  38. urmenior

    One of the few songs that make me cry everytime I listen.

  39. Garrett James J

    Er rather, he's not a fugutive on the run, he's our SON.

  40. Garrett James J

    He's not a fugitive, he's our SON.

  41. Ao Oni

    point of view, guilty or homeboy, thief or hero. i love little houdini

  42. Words Records

    Word, thanks man.

  43. Bob Yost

    Awesome track man,... A friend turned me on to you about 5 or 6 years ago,... could never thank him or more importantly YOU enough for the gift I consider your music to be. Thank you Sage Francis!!

  44. Sawyer Croft

    anyone know the sample used in this?

    Strange Famous

    No samples on this album.

  45. cerebrex

    Love Sage Fransis. He can tell stories like no other!!

  46. Words Records

    no. i don't use things from big companies like that, youtube i use because it's the only thing like it so i have to soil my hands with google, sry took so long to respond, youtube keeps getting rid of and moving the damn inbox link, everyone use youtube dot com slash inbox

  47. davidedwards2754

    I think his reference to religion can be summed up as

    "So I start to build a bridge/during my agnostic pilgrimage"

    Detriment Hip Hop

    Irreligious doesn't equal 'strict atheist'.

  48. The jungle VIP

    clipconverter.cc

  49. Escape The Matrix

    I've actually always wonder myself. In his recent debacle with deepak chopra was more about selling snake oil, But Deepak neither believes in religion. Sage's spiritual beliefs are quite the mystery. Id actually rather leave that stone unturned.

  50. PunkyHipHopDude

    I'm pretty sure Sage Francis is a strict atheist. Most of his references towards religion are derogatory.

  51. Yeolanda King

    I miss his mom Ann Shull she was very sweet. RIP Ann Shull we miss you.

  52. svrdandrew

    You will never listen to this for the first time

    connor kalafut

    svrdandrew Lol wut. Makes no sense

  53. Basicpiviot

    The lady at the end sounds like his Mom but why is she surprised that he's never heard of the kingdom of heaven? Didn't she teach it to him? And hasn't sage heard about it over the course of his life?

  54. Stone McJagger

    a very heart gripping song if they don't feel it they ain't woth it.

  55. Alexander Moore

    My bad dude, I was having a bad day. Sorry about that shit, I forgot I even wrote itg. Peace

  56. Mark Magpusao

    This story was covered on NPRs Radiolab: Escape. It was a good episode.

  57. Alexander Moore

    how about you buy the fucking album?

  58. dav511

    to late some else already did

  59. Gry Falck

    I really want to "like" this, but it has 420 likes and I kinda don't wanna be the one to ruin that :(

  60. EVAN Smith

    good call DramaMF ppl are very small minded and Ignorant!

  61. Yeolanda King

    I love this song and it is true he is not a bad guy he just had a hard life. I hope you are doing good Chris. I hope you can make it this time please try your best. I don't want you to go back to jail again. I can't wait till you get out to see how you do in your future. You can do it I believe in you and always have.

  62. Words Records

    could you make this available on mobile? I'd love to take sage with me...

  63. FluffyMatzahBalls

    Dang, I feel like I can hear the pain in his voice.

  64. Laughing Man

    Excuse me?

  65. anon ymous

    Brain-dead at its best.

  66. Joe Cirrus

    Was thinking of this song when i was locked down in the joint and found out the only positive role model in my life was about to pass away. Gotta think before you act cause some mistakes you will regret for the rest of your life.

  67. Laughing Man

    Pretty ignorant of you to think that youtube decides what the top-comment is, when in fact it is just a system that bumps up the highest rated comments.

  68. anon ymous

    It's pretty ignorant of youtube to post a top comment whose reference has been deleted.

  69. unkgman1

    This song is based on a Tennessee inmate Christopher Gay. His mother and father left him and his siblings when he was only 10

  70. anti Eric Eric club

    there is something about sage that just makes sense. oh yeah.... its his words.

  71. davidedwards2754

    This song needs a video

  72. davidedwards2754

    O I totally forgot about this song.

  73. low72

    If the answer is no, then there's no reason to ask the question ;)

  74. Riles

    Yea right, live forever

  75. DarkKnightTrinity

    Can Sage Francis make anything less than a masterpiece of rap? Answer: No.

  76. Alisha Cogdell

    This song makes me cry like a baby.

  77. ClarkNThomas

    you're trying to sound smart and you sound like an idiot, please stop, it's embarrassing for the rest of us that have to see it. Ignorant is not a noun. Moron, however, is. As in, you're a moron.

  78. Malia Smith

    My friend just showed me this, I remember his story from I almost got away with it and I fell in love with it instantly <3

  79. eyeXstaplesXundone

    I don't know if you know this but your using that word wrong. Your being ignorant

  80. Jashu

    You're bing oxymoronic. Ignorants don't learn facts, duh. Just ignore them like they ignore a blatant truth.
    Too bad the comment doesn't seem to exist anymore, I'd like to have a laugh at a retarded ignorant.

  81. Zach Gates

    Best description of Sage I've ever heard.

  82. IIJAMZYII

    The Dylan of Rap?

    Elise Pentz

    But he's a better singer

  83. OneLuckyTito

    This is incredible.
    The whole of Li(f)e is incredible.

  84. xTriViaZz

    @jorgekluney stop trolling bitch

  85. jimmyadetunci

    One word: GREAT!

  86. thejigzup

    @btgmofo oh yeah.for the better dawg..

  87. thejigzup

    @beanodonnell i stole a sage francis cd thats how i first heard of him..

  88. beanodonnell

    @thejigzup did u steal the back pack or was it yours that was stolen?

  89. btgmofo

    @thejigzup lol, hope you turned a few corners since then, homie.

  90. thejigzup

    when i was a hs freshman in 04 i was going thru this random backback steal shit among it was a burned copy of personal journals my life hasnt been the same..

  91. sinistermooess

    My uncle showed this guy to me and I am absolutely in love. Found a new favorite artist (:

  92. Mijumaru500

    @suburbanhillbilly87
    Stay strong....

    If you've just gotten out when you read this....
    We're proud that you've made the right choice! :'D

  93. Brandon Fye

    When i got this CD this song BLEW me away....literally

  94. thatoneotherguyisme

    @kyle55 I totally agree, it does nothing for you and it is just showing that you were not hugged enough as a kid.

  95. Joe Cirrus

    gotta turn myself in tomorrow to serve a two year sentence, and this song is helping me to stay on the right path and not make the shitty situation i've put myself in any worse and accept my responsibility for my mistakes and just hold my head up

  96. Brando_ theOG

    Respond to this video... you did a good job on this video

  97. Brando_ theOG

    @DramaMF thats what im saying the just be sayin stuff but dont know waht they talkin bout

  98. Brando_ theOG

    @itskeiser1 ............you stupid this dude really wanted to see his mom. He knew the consequences of escaping even tho he almost got away with it. I saw this like three days ago he did a pretty good job gettin pass most of the cops and gettin rid of his sent.... But im not sayin that people should try to escape jail

  99. The Sound Of Poets

    dope convict but gay songg ! hahaha

  100. Paul Lennon

    nice beard at 3:08