new icn messageflickr-free-ic3d pan white
Johnny 99 | by ro_buk [I'm not there]
Back to photostream

Johnny 99

Well they closed down the auto plant in Mahwah late that month

Ralph went out lookin' for a job but he couldn't find none

He came home too drunk from mixin' Tanqueray and wine

He got a gun shot a night clerk now they call'm Johnny 99


Down in the part of town where when you hit a red light you don't stop

Johnny's wavin' his gun around and threatenin' to blow his top

When an off duty cop snuck up on him from behind

Out in front of the Club Tip Top they slapped the cuffs on Johnny 99


Well the city supplied a public defender but the judge was Mean John Brown

He came into the courtroom and stared young Johnny down

Well the evidence is clear gonna let the sentence son fit the crime

Prison for 98 and a year and we'll call it even Johnny 99


A fistfight broke out in the courtroom they had to drag Johnny's girl away

His mama stood up and shouted "Judge don't take my boy this way"

Well son you got a statement you'd like to make

Before the bailiff comes to forever take you away


Now judge judge I had debts no honest man could pay

The bank was holdin' my mortgage and they was takin' my house away

Now I ain't sayin' that makes me an innocent man

But it was more 'n all this that put that gun in my hand


Well your honor I do believe I'd be better off dead

And if you can take a man's life for the thoughts that's in his head

Then won't you sit back in that chair and think it over judge one more time

And let 'em shave off my hair and put me on that execution line

34 faves
Taken on May 14, 2009