Wise County Jail

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Wise County Jail-Dock Boggs
Banjo, gCGBD tuning, Mike Seeger, guitar

Wash up your face, boys, comb up your head
Now get ready for your coffee and bread
REFRAIN: Hard times in the Wise County Jail
That's hard times, I know

Piece of cold meat and cold corn bread
It's so cold it's heavy as lead
REFRAIN: Hard times in the Wise County Jail
That's hard times, I know

A year in jail is so complete
About one half enough to eat
REFRAIN: Hard times in the Wise County Jail
That's hard times, I know

Almost makes my stomach ache
When the bring the potatoes in the old tin plate
REFRAIN: It's hard times in the Wise County Jail
Hard times, I know

Here in jail, it is so nice
Amongst the dirt and the body lice
REFRAIN: Hard times in the Wise County Jail
That's hard times, I know

Wise County Jail, no jail at all
The chinches and bugs are walkin' the wall
REFRAIN: Hard times in the Wise County Jail
That's hard times, I know

Almost brings me to my knees
When I hear that jailer ring them keys
REFRAIN: It's hard times in the Wise County Jail
Hard times, I know

Officers 'round Norton's a dirty old crew
They'll arrest a poor man, they'll look him plumb through
His pockets they'll pick, his clothes they'll sell
For twenty-five cents, they'd send him to hell
REFRAIN: It's hard times, the Wise County Jail
That's hard times, I know

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