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Johnny 99  Bruce Springsteen

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Well they cl[B]osed down the auto plant in Mahwah late that m[B]onth
Ralph went out l[B]ookin' for a job but he couldn't find n[F#]one
He came h[B]ome too drunk from mixin'Tanqueray and w[B]ine
He got a g[B]un shot a night clerk now they c[F#]all him Johnny 9[B]9
Down in the part of town where when you hit a red light you don't stop
Johnny's wavin' his g[B]un around and threatenin' to blow his [F#]top
When an [B]off duty cop snuck up on him from behind
Out in front of the Cl[B]ub Tip Top they slapped the c[F#]uffs on Johnny 9[B]9
Well the city suppl[E]ied a public defender but the j[B]udge was Mean John Brown
He came into the c[B]ourtroom and stared poor Johnny d[F#]own
Well the [B]evidence is clear gonna let the sentence son fit the crime
Prison for 9[B]8 and a year and we'll call it [F#]even Johnny 9[B]9
A fistf[E]ight broke out in the courtroom they had to dr[B]ag Johnny's girl away
His mama stood up and shouted Judge don't take my boy this [F#]way
Well s[B]on you got any statement you'd like to make
Before the b[B]ailiff comes to for[F#]ever take you a[B]way
Now judge judge I had debts no honest man could pay
The bank was h[B]oldin' my mortgage and they was takin' my house a[F#]way
Now [B]I ain't sayin' that makes me an innocent man
But it was m[B]ore 'n all this that p[F#]ut that gun in my h[B]and
Well your honour 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 [F#]head
Then won't you sit [B]back in that chair and think it over judge one more time
And let 'em sh[B]ave off my hair and p[F#]ut me on that execution l[B]ine

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