Kelly Thomas (Pre​-​album Version)

by Bryan McPherson

(free) 03:37


This is not the version on Wedgewood. This is the version recorded the day after it was written and used to raise awareness.

Kelly Thomas was a mentally ill, homeless man beaten to death by the police in Fullerton, California. The police were found "Not Guilty", despite having the obvious crime on video and audio. Kelly can be heard pleading for his last breaths and screaming out that he was sorry.

I came across the shocking audio and video of one of the most obvious cases of police brutality and murder I have ever seen. I wrote this song. I worked on it the following day and recorded it in the hut this morning and afternoon. It's the least I can do in telling this story. You can listen below. Rest in peace Kelly Thomas.


Bryan's latest release "American Boy American Girl"



released January 15, 2014

Written, performed, and recorded by Bryan McPherson at The Chickenfoot Ranch in Colfax, California.



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Bryan McPherson, a fiery, folk-playing, Boston native, was called west in July of 2010. Bryan now tours internationally and bases himself out of Los Angeles, California.


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Track Name: Kelly Thomas
"Kelly Thomas" by Bryan McPherson

Who has a song for the homeless

killed in the street

By The police that beat

That man like meat

I can't breathe

Oh no I can not breathe

Who has a song for Kelly

That we can all scream

While he bleeds on the street

On my internet screen, oh no he's not me

Oh no he's not me

Who has a song for the forgotten

When they die

For an old mother cries

To an empty sky

There's no moon tonight

There's no moon tonight

You don't care about Kelly

'Cause he ain't you

Broke them bones right through

The Orange County crew

They beat him blue

They beat him blue

Who has justice for the men

That they just set free

These so called police

Manny Ramos ain't me

Jay Cicinelli oh no you're not me

Kelly Thomas lays cold in the ground

Silent nights make no sound

Not guilty they found

In Fullerton town

In Fullerton town