• Nebraska

    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 him 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 pour 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 fist fight 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 I had debts no honest man could pay
    The bank was holdin' my mortgage and they were gonna take 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
    So if you can take a man's life for the thoughts that's in his head
    Then 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 killin' line
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