County Jail Blues


County Jail Blues
Big Maceo Merriweather, singer-pianist and Tampa Red recorded this song in 1941.
They pick me out 
	and put me in the county jail
	They pick me out 
	and put me in the county jail
	They wouldn’t even let my woman 
	come and go my bail
Now I’m in prison 
	but I’ve almost did my time
	Now I’m in prison 
	but I’ve almost did my time
	They give me six months 
	but I had to work out nine
‘Cos I know my baby 
	she’s gonna jump and shout
	I know my baby 
	she’s gonna jump and shout
	When that train roll up 
and I come walking out
Now play ‘em mister Tampa...
So take these stripes from around me, 
	chains from around my neck
	These stripes from around me, 
	and these chains from around my neck
	Well these stripes don’t hurt me, 
	but these chains oughta give me death


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