County Jail Blues
Big Macao - alias Major Merriwheater, accompanied by Tampa Red on guitar

They picked me out an' put me in the county jail (2)
They wouldn't even let my woman come an' go my bail

Now I'm in prison, but I've almost did my time (2)
They give me six months, but I had to work out nine

I know my baby, she's gonna jump an' shout (2)
When that train rolled out, an' I come walkin' out

    (spoken: Now play it, Mr. Tampa)

(So take) these stripes from 'round me,  chain away from 'round my leg (2)
Well, these stripes don't hurt me, but these chains gonna kill me dead



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