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Lyrics by: Lee Hays, Cisco Houston
# Debut Chart
37 Jun '60 Hot 100

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Well, early one evenin', I was roamin' around I was feelin' kinda mean, I shot the deputy down Strolled along home and I went to bed Well, I laid my pistol up under my head He strolled along home And he went to bed, Thought I'd sleep some And he laid his pistol, Big 22 Up under his head, I keep it handy


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Well, early in the morning about the break of day I figured it was time to make a getaway Steppin' right along but I was steppin' too slow Got surrounded by a sheriff down in Mexico He was steppin' right along, I was a hot footin' it But he was steppin' too slow, 'twas a saltry day Got surrounded by a sheriff, boxed in In Mexico, I didn't even get a chance to see the country When I was arrested I didn't have a dime The sheriff says Son, you're ridin' free this time Where you're goin' you won't need a cent 'Cause the great state of Texas gonna pay your rent 'Cause where you're goin', I think he means jail You won't need a cent, he knows I'm broke 'Cause the great state of Texas, whoopee Gonna pay your rent, I'm mighty grateful fellows Well, I didn't have a key and I didn't have a file Naturally I stayed around until my trial Judge was an old man, ninety-three And I didn't like the way the jury looked at me, I think they we're suspicious Well, the judge was an old man, too old Ninety-three, entirely too old And I didn't like the way the jury looked at me [SPOKEN] BACKUPS: The judge and the jury, they did agree They all said Murder in the first degree The judge said SPOKEN in an older voice: Son, I don't know whether to hang I'm or not but this here Killing of deputy sheriffs has just naturally got to stop. You got a point there, Judge! It was a most unsatisfactory trial They gave me ninety-nine years on a hard rock pile Ninety and nine on the hard rock ground All I ever did was shoot the deputy down Ninety and nine, it could've been life On the hard rock pile, they might have hung me And all he ever did Was shoot a deputy do-o-o-o-own This whole thing has sure been a lesson to me. Bang, you're dead.

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