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Bill Anderson Lyrics
"Ninety-Nine"

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(Bill Anderson)

My mama always told me better
Than to play with a loaded gun
If I'd've just listened to her she'd've
Never had a prisoner for a son.

The picture's still in front of my eyes
The echo in my ears
When the jury said he's guilty
And the judge said ninety-nine years.

Oh, for ninety-nine years I'll watch
The sunrise over that some old sea
Ninety-nine years nothing but
An empty cell for company.

Yet there's not very much that stands between
Me and the freedom I hold dear
Just a thousand bars, a big brick wall
And a sentence of ninety-nine years.

I kissed my darling on her tender lips
And they took me by the hand
I had a nice little ride on a ferry boat
To the rock where the prison stands.

The warden said as he locked the door
I hope you'll like it here
Just make yourself a home
You're gonna be with us ninety-nine years.

I've almost forgotten what my real name is
Been a number for so long
Making little bitty rocks out of great big rocks
Gets old as the days wear on.

But I'll do my best for ninety-nine years
Just try to stay alive
'Cause the Governor said if I'd be good
I'd get out in ninety-five.

Oh, for ninety-nine years I'll watch
The sunrise over that some old sea
Ninety-nine years nothing but
An empty cell for company.

Yet there's not very much that stands between
Me and the freedom I hold dear
Just a thousand bars, a big brick wall
And a sentence of ninety-nine years...
This song is from the album "Country Style [Vocalion]", "The Bill Anderson Story [Decca]", "Country Heart Songs [Decca]" and "The First 10 Years: 1956-1966".