Merle Haggard Cocaine Blues Lyrics

Working in Tennessee Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 Working in Tennessee
  • 2 Down on the Houseboat
  • 3 Cocaine Blues
  • 4 What I Hate
  • 5 Sometimes I Dream
  • 6 Under the Bridge
  • 7 Too Much Boogie Woogie
  • 8 Truck Driver's Blues
  • 9 Laugh It Off
  • 10 Workin' Man Blues
  • 11 Jackson
  • 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 heck 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 sore
    I thought I was her daddy but she had five more

    When I was arrested I was dressed in black
    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 heck 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
    Ninety-nine years in the San Quentin pen
    Ninety-nine years underneath that ground
    I can't forget the day I shot that bad ***** down

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

    Written by: Bob Dylan
    Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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