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How 'bout a tune about that jailhouse religion?

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I know a guy his name is Pete
He was out one night walkin' down the street
He won't hurtin' nobody, he was doing alright
'Till the police came looking for a fight

He had the right to remain silent
But instead he turned around
And this is what he said


Well I know a guy his name is Tom
He was out one night lookin' for some fun
He was rollin' them dice and playin' them cards
'Till the police came with their bleeding hearts

He had the chance to run away
But instead he stuck around
And this is what he said


Jailhouse religion, give me Jesus in the joint
Cross in my cell that I can sharpen to a point
The day that I stood trial the judge he threw the book at me
Said read it front to back and you'll surely be free
Well hell may be the place for you
But it sure as hell ain't no place for me


I know a gal her name is Fee
She was out one night gettin' drinks for
She was drinkin' booze and kissin' boys
'Till the police came right through the doors

She started singing like a jail bird
You could hear her for miles
And miles, and miles, and miles


I don't like you and you don't like me
When I start drinkin' every night of the week
But I keep my cool and I don't make trouble
'Till the police come got me seein' double

And I know I shouldn't say it
But it seems sometimes
I just can't seem to hold my tongue


Jailhouse religion, give me Jesus in the joint
Cross in my cell that I can sharpen to a point
The day that I stood trial the judge he threw the book at me
Said read it front to back and you'll surely be free
Well hell may be the place for you
But it sure as hell ain't no place for me

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from Ellis Dyson & the Shambles (2015), released August 29, 2015

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