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Transcribed by: asf0@comcast.net  Alice Franceschini
Date:  September 10, 1997
Subject: Bad Man's Blunder  by the Kingston Trio
Album:  Collectors Series
Written by: Cisco Houston\Lee Hays

BAD MAN'S BLUNDER  Kingston Trio

1.)Early one evening I was rollin' around 
2.)Early in the morning 'bout the break of day
3.)When I was arrested didn't have a dime
4.)Well, I didn't have a key and I didn't have a file
5.)It was a most unsatisfactory trail

                                      B7    E
I was feelin' kind of mean I shot a deputy down  
I figured it was time to make my get away
The sheriff says, "Son, you're ridin' free this time."
Naturally, I stayed around until my trail
They gave me ninety nine years on the hard rock pile
Strollin' on home and I went to bed
Steppin' right along but I was a stepping to slow
"Where you're going you won't need a cent 
The judge was and old man ninety three
Ninety and nine on the hard rock ground
E                          B7       E
Well, I laid my pistol up under my head
Got surrounded a sheriff down in Mexico
Cause the great state of Texas gonna pay your rent."
And I didn't like the way the jury looked at me.
All I ever did was shoot a deputy down
He strolled on home (I took my time)
He was steppin' right along ( I were hot footin' it)
Cause where you're going  (I think he means jail)
Well, the judge was and old man  (Too Old)
Ninety and nine (It could have been life)
And he went to bed (Thought I'd sleep some)
But he was steppin' too slow (It was a sultry day)
You won't need a cent (Well he knows I'm broke)
Ninety three  (Entirely too old)
On the hard rock pile (They might a hung me)
And he laid his pistol (big twenty two)
Got surrounded by a sheriff  (Boxed in)
Cause the great state of Texas (Yippee)
I didn't like the way-ay-ay 
All he ever did-id-id-id
Up under his head (I keep it handy) 
In Mexico  ( I didn't even have a chance to see the country)
Is gonna pay your rent (I'm mighty grateful fellows)
the jury looked at me (I think they were suspicious)
                    E    A    B7  E
was shoot a deputy down-own-own-own