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WHEN YOU'RE TWENTY-ONE (Claude King) Claude King - 1970 As I look around me at unfamiliar faces My mind goes back to my boyhood days When the lust and the craze of far off places Brought a simple country boy to a life of disgrace I was raised on a farm way down in Louisiana Down where the sweet magnolias grow Just me and Bud and Mama and Papa Little blue eyed Judy who lived down the road I got Judy in trouble in the early days of summer Oh, she and mama cried and begged me not to go Later on someone told me Bud and Judy got married And they had a little girl with hair of shining gold I drank and I gambled and I knew many women I lived too fast for a boy just twenty-one And then one night I shot a man in Reno The very first time I had ever fired a gun Bud came to see me last Sunday morning He said Judy and the baby were waiting outside His eyes filled with tears when I asked about Mama He said Mama's heart was broken, she just laid down and died I hear the cell door open, soon it will be over I'll have to pay for the wrongs I have done To Bud and Judy and Mama and Papa And I hope that you'll remember this when you're twenty-one And I hope that you'll remember this when you're twenty-one (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - October 2010)

    


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