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BAD MAN'S BLUNDER (Lee Hays / Cisco Houston) The Kingston Trio Also recorded by : White Mountain Singers Well early one evenin' I was rolling around I was feelin' kinda mean I shot a deputy down, Strolled along home and I went to bed Well I laid my pistol up under my head. (He strolled along home) I took my time. (And he went to bed) Thought I'd sleep some. (Laid his pistrol) Big 22". (Up under his head) I keep it handy. Well early in the mornin' bout the break of day I figured it was time to make a getaway Steppin' right along but I was steppin' too slow Got surrounded by a sheriff down in Mexico (Well he was steppin' right along) I were a hot-footin' it. (But he was steppin' too slow) It was a sultry day. (Got surrounded by a sheriff) Boxed in. (In Mexico) I didn't even have a chance to see the country. When I was arrested well I didn't have a dime The sheriff said, 'Son you're riding free this time. 'Where you're going you won't need a cent Cause the great state of Texas gonna pay your rent.' (Cause where you're going) I think he means jail. (You won't need a cent) Well he knows I'm broke. (Cause the great state of Texas) Yippee! (Gonna pay your rent) I'm mighty grateful fellas. Well I didn't have a key and I didn't have a file. Naturally I stayed around until my trial. Judge was an old man, Ninety-three And I didn't like the way the jury looked at me. (Well the judge was an old man) Too old. (Ninety-three) Entirely too old. I didn't like the way..the jury looked at me. I think they were suspicious. (The judge and jury they did agree) (They all said murder in the first degree) (The judge said same) 'Well I dunno whether to hang you or not, but this here killin' of deputy sheriffs has just naturally got to stop.' [You gotta point there judge.] It was a most unsatisfactory trial. They gave me ninety-nine years on the hard rock pile. Ninety and nine on the hard rock ground And all I ever did was shoot a deputy down. (Ninety and nine) It could have been life. (On the hard rock pile) They might-a hung me. (And all he ever did...was shoot a deputy down...) This whole thing has sure been a lesson to me. [Bang! You're dead!]


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