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Lyrics by: Joe Babcock
# Debut Chart
19 Jun '66 Hot 100

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I was home in Macon, Georgia D7 G They kept my Daddy in the Macon jail C He said, Son, if you keep your hands clean, uh huh G D7 G You won't hear those bloodhounds on your trail [VERSE 2] I fell in with bad companions I robbed a man up in Tennessee And I got caught way up in Nashville, uh huh now And they locked me up and threw away the key [CHORUS] I washed my hands in muddy water I washed my hands, but they didn't come clean I tried to do like my daddy told me, he he now I must have washed my hands in a muddy stream [VERSE 3] E7 A E I asked the jailer, said Whens my time up? E7 A He said Son, you know we won't forget D And if you try and just keep your hands clean, uh huh A E7 A Why we may just make a good man of you yet


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[VERSE 4] But I didn't wait to get my time in I broke down, broke out the Nashville jail I just crossed Atlanta, Georgia, oh oh now And I can hear those bloodhounds on my trail F7 Bb F I washed my hands in muddy water F7 Bb I washed my hands, but they didn't come clean Eb I tried to do like my daddy told me, he he now Bb F7 Bb I must have washed my hands in a muddy stream [Repeat CHORUS] [Repeat CHORUS] Oh Lord, I must have washed my hands in a muddy stream I Guess, I must have washed my hands in a muddy stream

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