Percy's Song


"Bad news, bad news, come to me where I sleep"
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Say, one of your friends is in trouble deep
Turn, turn, to the rain and the wind

Tell me the trouble, tell me once to my ear
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Joliet prison and ninety-nine years
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Oh, what's the charge of how this came to be?
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Manslaughter in the highest degree
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I sat down and wrote the best words I could write
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Explaining to the judge I'd be there on Wednesday night
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Without a reply, I left by the moon
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And was in his chambers by the next afternoon
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Would you tell me the facts, I said without fear
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That a friend of mine could get ninety-nine years
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A crash on the highway, flew the car to a field
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There was four persons killed and he was at the wheel
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But I knew him as good as I'm knowing myself
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And he wouldn't harm a life that belonged to someone else
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The judge he spoke out of the side of his mouth
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Saying "The witness who saw, he left without doubt"
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That may be true, he's got a sentence to serve
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But ninety-nine years he just don't deserve
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Too late, too late, for his case it is sealed
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His sentence it is passed and cannot be repealed
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But he ain't no criminal and his crime it is none
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What happened to him to happen to anyone
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At that the judge jumped forward and his face it did freeze
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Saying "Could you kindly leave my office now please?"
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His eyes looked funny and I stood up so slow
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With no other choice except for to go
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I walked down the hallway and I heard his door slam
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I walked down the courthouse stairs and did not understand
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And I played my guitar through the night to the day
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And the only tune my guitar could play was 
The Old Cruel Rain And The Wind

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