Cocaine Blues

The Man in #000

Early one mornin' while makin' the rounds
I took a shot of cocaine and I shot my woman down
I went right home and I went to bed
I stuck that lovin' .44 beneath my head

Got up next mornin' and I grabbed that gun
Took a shot of cocaine and away I run
Made a good run but I ran too slow
They overtook me down in Juarez, Mexico

Late in the hot joints takin' the pills
In walked the sheriff from Jericho Hill
He said Willy Lee your name is not Jack Brown
You're the dirty hack that shot your woman down

Said yes, oh yes my name is Willy Lee
If you've got the warrant just a-read it to me
Shot her down because she made me slow
I thought I was her daddy but she had five more

When I was arrested I was dressed in #000
They put me on a train and they took me back
Had no friend for to go my bail
They slapped my dried up carcass in that county jail

Early next mornin' bout a half past nine
I spied the sheriff coming down the line
Ah, and he coughed as he cleared his throat
He said come on you dirty hack into that district court

Into the courtroom my trial began
Where I was handled by twelve honest men
Just before the jury started out
I saw the little judge commence to look about

In about five minutes in walked the man
Holding the verdict in his right hand
The verdict read murder in the first degree
I hollered Lawdy Lawdy, have a mercy on me

The judge he smiled as he picked up his pen
99 years in the Folsom pen
99 years underneath that ground
I can't forget the day I shot that bad bitch down

Come on you've gotta listen unto me
Lay off that whiskey and let that cocaine be

Walk The Line

(Not sure of the legality of this YouTube movie but here is the performance that got me loving the Walk The Line movie.)

At Folsom Prison


Replies

  1. #1 On July 5, 2006 12:37 PM davey said:

    I *love* this song! Got the album a few weeks ago too; truely excellent stuff. Jackson (another track) is done well at this Folsom gig too.

  2. #2 On July 5, 2006 12:49 PM Robin said:

    That track was in one of the broadsheet music supplements last month as an example of violence in music before gangsta rap.

  3. #3 On July 5, 2006 01:06 PM james stevens said:

    'cos we all know that guns dont kill people, rappers do... :p

  4. #4 On July 5, 2006 01:14 PM Malarkey said:

    Hey James! Good to see you're still alive. It's been so long I thought you must be doing 'hard time'. Wait, you work for a council, that's the same thing. ;)

  5. #5 On July 5, 2006 01:23 PM james stevens said:

    working for the council is hardly hard tho is it ;)

  6. #6 On July 5, 2006 02:14 PM James said:

    Well, that's got me in the mood for some Johnny Cash for the rest of the afternoon. Nice one.

  7. #7 On July 5, 2006 05:28 PM Milos said:

    Amazing, �d recieved the headline by E-Mail... really good comment. Nice lyric! Greetings Milos

  8. #8 On July 6, 2006 12:30 AM Colly said:

    Good to see your time pilfering my record collection resulted in a worthy post.

    All hail the man in black...

  9. #9 On July 6, 2006 12:33 AM Steve Williams said:

    Great stuff.

  10. #10 On July 6, 2006 01:00 AM Malarkey said:

    @ Colly: Pilfering, pilfering? I would call it backing up your CD collection offline. And I didn't do that anyway, no honestly officer.

  11. #11 On July 6, 2006 01:50 AM Jeff L said:

    Malarkey,

    Did you see the recent movie "Walk the Line?"

    I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, Phoenix does a nice job as Cash.

  12. #12 On July 6, 2006 02:04 AM nortypig said:

    also a great version of this song was done by George Thorogood and the Destroyers...

    'you cant sing the blues without the booze'
    .... George Thorogood

    andy its uncanny how every time you put lyrics up I seem to have had the cd or vynil record for years... and my partner is a printmaker! Its getting spooky lol.

    ... and I consider the man in black a personal legend and influence on my life and path up from the gutter.

  13. #13 On July 6, 2006 02:23 AM nortypig said:

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=tUgqsk3qWhk&search=johnny%20cash%20%2B%20cocaine

    you can watch the clip from Walk the Line of Cocaine Blues on Youtube... good quality too.

    ciao. nice to see people enjoying great music...

  14. #14 On July 6, 2006 02:26 AM nortypig said:

    oops only half the song on that link lol.. sorry.

  15. #15 On July 6, 2006 07:02 PM james stevens said:

    "You look like you've been losin' sleep"
    Said a stranger on a train

    I fixed him with an ice cold stare
    And said "I've been havin' those dreams again"

    In one dream there's this girl I know
    And we dance every wakin' breath

    And in the other they've thrown me in a cell
    And they're tryin' me for her death

    ....

    So as this fagged-out tinsel town
    Waves so-long to the sun

    I lay here calmly on my bed,
    And the trigger of my gun

    Should that no good woman show up,
    Dancin' from a dream

    I'll squeeze it twice,
    And not think twice,
    And relish every scream......

    Last Train To Satansville, Swervedriver

  16. #16 On July 6, 2006 08:25 PM Alex Clarke ( Haga ) said:

    Is there something you want to be telling us?.....

  17. #17 On July 6, 2006 09:31 PM james stevens said:

    @ Alex

    Only that my taste in music leaves a lot to be desired :P