The Story of One Eyed James... He was born in the Louisiana swamps. The son of a died-in-the-wool moonshine runner, and that being all he had ever known, he was bound to follow suit. He did some driftin' until he found her, and they spent their good days on the Louisiana beaches. He still had to travel, running 'shine to make his cash. In those days, his vice was infidelity, but that changed after she left. All of a sudden, it was anything that would alter the way he thought or felt. Before long, he was out of control. Hard livin' and bar fights were his norm; that's how he lost the eye. After that he kind of woke up and straightened himself out. He headed home to the swamp and went about living on his own, selling his shine and smoking his herb. He came to be known around town as One Eyed James.