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(lyrics by t.j. red arnall, johnny cash, roger waters et al.)

early one morning while making the rounds
i took a shot of cocaine and i shot my woman down
i went right home and i went to bed
i stuck that lovin' 44 beneath my head
well i got up next morning and i grabbed that gun
i took a shot of cocaine and away i run
made a good run but i run too slow
they over took me down in juarez mexico

[in the town it was well known
when they got home at night
their fat and psychopathic wives would thrash them
within inches of their lives]

late in the hot joints taking the pill
in walked the sheriff from jericho hill
he said willy lee your name is not jack brown
ya you're the dirty hack that shot your woman down
o yes o yes my name is willy lee
and if you got a warrant just read it to me
shot her down because she made me sore
thought i was her daddy but she had five more

when i was arrested i was dressed in black
they put me on a train and they took me back
had no friend for to go my bail
they slapped my dried up carcass in that county jail
early next morning a bout half past 9
i spied the sheriff coming on down the line
upped and he coughed as he flared his nose
he said come on you dirty hack into that district court
into the courtroom where my trial began
where i was held by 12 honest men
just before the jury started out
i saw the little judge come as to look about
in about 5 minutes in walked a man
holding the verdict in his right
the verdict read in the first degree
i hollered o lord have mercy on me
the judge he smiled as he picked up his pen
99 years in the folsom pen
99 underneath that ground
i can't forget the day i shot that bad bitch down

come on you all got to listen to me
lay off that whiskey and let that cocaine be

[in the town it was well known
when they got home at night
their fat and psychopathic wives would thrash them
within inches of their lives]

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from high & low, track released January 1, 2011

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