Music Service


Lyrics by: Marty Robbins
# Debut Chart
7 May '71 Country


All night long I tried but couldn't sleep. Tried to be a man, tried not to weep. Now I hear the turning of the key, silently, the guard motions to me. Now realize the end is near and I find I can't control my fear. As I pass the guard, I start to cry, and I whisper, "I don't want to die!" Then from death row comes a whisper, "Charlie, be a man." And I scream, "Just wait till your turn, then see if you can!"

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Down the hall they push and carry me. Blind with fright and tears won't let me see. Through a door and then I stop and stare, 'cause I see it, there it is, THE CHAIR. Then they strap me in and turn to leave, and the prison chaplain says "Believe, faith in God will cause him to forgive." I have faith, but still I want to live. Suddenly, I'm paralyzed, this must be the end. My body jerks and trembles as they turn it on again. Quickly as it came, the pain is gone. I hear music, someone sings a song. Suddenly I seem to float through air. Something's wrong 'cause I'm still in THE CHAIR. In the room there's hardly any light, now I see a doctor dressed in white. I hear every word, it's plainly said. Did I hear them say, "This man is dead?" Did I hear them say, "This man is dead?


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