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  1. Jailbird Song

From the recording Natural Disasters

Lyrics

Jailbird Song

The path is long but it ain't too wide
Temptations on either side
Another snake in the garden
Trying to show me what I don't know
How'd I'd wind up never crossed my mind or
What'd be waiting when I crossed that line
'Til I was in the backseat
And the lawman told me so

He said you'll wake up every morning
'Fore the break of dawn
But it won't matter much
'Cause the lights are always on
No women, no work, and no bills to pay
Just sit in the cage and think all day
About how in the world you came to sing
The jailbird song

Looking back I can plainly see
Rotten fruit hanging from that tree
And the sour truth I was tasting
Taking that first bite
Lord, I never thought it'd be me
Fingertips stained with ink
Looking straight in the camera
Getting ready to go inside

Where it's wake up every morning
'Fore the break of dawn
But it don't matter much
'Cause the lights are always on
No women, no work, and no bills to pay
Just sit in the cage and think all day
About how in the world I came to sing
The jailbird song

The price you pay is a mighty fee
Behind these bars wishing you'd get free
When I get home, honey, then you'll see
It's gonna be clean living each and every day
Don't give a damn what the devil may say
Nothing but sticking to the righteous way
For me

Now it's wake up every morning
'Fore the break of dawn
But it don't matter much
'Cause the lights are always on
No women, no work, and no bills to pay
Just sit in the cage and think all day
About how in the world I came to sing
The jailbird song