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BLACKJACK COUNTY CHAINS

I WAS SITTING BESIDE THE ROAD IN BLACKJACK COUNTY
NOT KNOWING THAT THE SHERIFF PAID A BOUNTY
FOR MEN LIKE ME WHO DIDN'T HAVE A PENNY TO THEIR NAME
SO THEY LOCKED MY LEG TO 35 POUND
OF BLACKJACK COUNTY CHAINS.

AND ALL WE HAD TO EAT WAS BREAD AND WATER
EACH DAY WE HAD TO BUILD THAT ROAD A MILE AND A QUARTER
A BLACKSNAKE WHIP'D CUT OUR BACKS WHEN SOME POOR FOOL COMPLAINS
BUT YOU COULDN'T FIGHT BACK WEARING 35 POUND
OF BLACKJACK COUNTY CHAINS

BUT THEN ONE NIGHT WHILE THE SHERIFF WAS A SLEEPING
WE ALL GATHERED ROUND HIM SLOWLY CREEPING
AND HEAVEN HELP ME TO FORGET THAT NIGHT IN THE COLD COLD RAIN
WHEN WE BEAT HIM TO DEATH WITH 35 POUND
OF BLACKJACK COUNTY CHAINS

NOW THE WHIPMARKS HAVE ALL HEALED AND I'M THANKFUL
BUT THERE IS NOTHING FOR THE SCAR AROUND MY ANKLE
BUT MOST OF ALL I'M GLAD NO MAN WILL BE A SLAVE AGAIN
TO A BLACKSNAKE WHIP AND 35 POUND
OF BLACKJACK COUNTY CHAINS

A BLACKSNAKE WHIP AND 35 LBS
OF BC CHAINS.