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ROANE COUNTY (aka Roane County Prison) (Traditional - Joe Ahr) Bill Monroe - 1957 Mac Wiseman - 1975 Also recorded by: The Stanley Brothers. In the beautiful hills, way back in Roane County There's where I roamed for many long years There's where my heart's been tending most ever That's where the first step of misfortune I made I was about thirty years when I courted and married Amanda Gilbraith was then called my wife Her brother stabbed me for some unknown reason Just three months later I'd taken Tom's life For twenty five years this whole world I rambled I went to old England, to France and to Spain But I thought of my home way back in Roane County I boarded a steamer and came back again I was captured and tried in the village of Kingston Not a man in the county would speak one kind word When the jury came in with the verdict next morning A lifetime in prison was the words that I heard When the train pulled out poor mother stood weepin' And sister she sat alone with a sigh And the last words I heard was "Willie, God bless you" Was "Willie, God bless you, God bless you, good bye" In the scorching hot sand of the foundry I'm workin' Toiling and working my poor life away They'll measure my grave on the banks of old Cumberland Just as soon as I finish the rest of my days Sweet Martha was grave but Corey was better There's better and worse, although you can see Boys when you write home from the prison in Nashville Place one of my songs in your letter for me (Contributed by - October 2009)

    


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