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Bill Anderson - Ninety Nine Years (Chord)
Album: Bill Anderson's Country Style (1968)
Submitter: lmofle (5) on 1/29/05
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Ninety Nine Years 
By Bill Anderson 
Tabbed By Larry Mofle
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   A                                  E
My mama always told me better than to play with a loaded gun
   E                                                A
If I'd've just listened to her she'd've never had a prisoner for a son
    A                                        D          A 
The picture's still in front of my eyes, the echo in my ears
         E                                                    A 
When the jury said he's guilty and the judge said ninety-nine years

        A                                         E
Oh, for ninety-nine years I'll watch the sun rise over that same old sea
E                                      A
Ninety-nine years nothing but an empty cell for company
            A                                            D              A
Yet there's not very much that stands between me and the freedom I hold dear
       E                                                             A
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 at 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

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