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NINETY NINE YEARS (DEAD OR ALIVE) (Words : Sid Wayne / Music : John Benson Brooks) Guy Mitchell - Peaked at # 23 in 1956 (sound of hammer on steel, as in Sam Cooke's "Chain Gang" are heard throughout) Now today I'm thinkin' 'bout the ninth of June I found my friend and my baby at the Golden Spoon He jumped off the stool and come at me with a knife Said "We both can't have her, so fight for your life" Ninety nine years in the penitentiary Ninety nine years, baby, baby, wait for me Ninety nine years, around twenty fifty five We'll get together dead or alive Now today I'm thinkin' 'bout that courtroom trial I was so sad, baby, saw you weepin' like a child Ah, the jury found me guilty, wouldn't listen to my plea And the judge said "Mercy" threw the book at me Ninety nine years in the penitentiary Ninety nine years, baby, baby, wait for me (Ninety nine years), around twenty fifty five We'll get together dead or alive Now today I'm thinkin' (today I'm a-thinkin') 'bout my old friend Turk ('bout my old friend Turk) Must be laughin' with the angels (must be laughin' with the angels) Loafin' while I work (loafin' while I work) Ah, they beat me when I don't (ah, they beat me when I don't) And they beat me when I do (and they beat me when I do) Hey, but I can take it, baby, for you Ninety nine years in the penitentiary (Ninety nine years), baby, baby, wait for me (Ninety nine years), around twenty fifty five We'll get together dead or alive FADE (Ninety nine years) (Ninety nine years)

    


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