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A Year In Jail 122814 Jim

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Capo @ 2 in D (E) Dropped D tuning

Actually, it was almost two years. 1965-67.
Leavenworth, Kansas U S Army prison. I played the organ at the daily Protestant chapel. Took dictation and typed letters for the Protestant chaplain. Wrote 2-page letters in tiny tiny writing. Ended up moving out to the farm where I cared for hundreds of laying hens. Went home to a job at the Reynolds Aluminum reduction plant, in Troutdale, on the Columbia River. Married Barbara Bowles. Raised a family… Dreamed of being back at the prison farm.

D G Bb A
A year in jail can change man
You hang on to everything you can
Some things just bound to slip away
I’m stuck in a cell with I don’t know what
Can’t sleep a wink is all I got
One foot on the floor, ten cigarettes a day

The bang of the gate. The blink of the light
All locked up and safe at night
Singing in the choir and dreaming I’ll Fly Away
Breakfast is stale so I stay in bed
Thinkin’ about my mama and what she said
But my thots and mama are a thousand miles away

G D G Bb A
Can’t pull the shade. Can’t shut the door
Falling down the stairs from the seventh floor
I pump pig iron til I got no more
I’m so damn tired I can’t keep score

D
Weather? There’s no weather.
Time? I got plenty of time.
G D
Laying down tracks, trying to keep it all together
G Bb A
Soaking up the change…never dropping a dime

Some glad morning I will fly away, Some glad morning

A year in Jail or maybe two
Maybe three. What’s that to you?
I’m out of sight so I’ve been out of mind
But I’ll be headed home with brand new clothes
Shiny shoes and a cleaned up nose
Then I’ll take the first job I can find

Windows all so dirty and high
There’s nothing to look at so I don’t try
Cry and cry until my eyes are dry
And everything in here is a god damned lie…

A move to the farm with a custody bump.
A book I found at the prison dump
A thousand hens and a thousand eggs a day
A pint of blood for a piece of cake
A pat on the back for the belts I make…
No fence out here but I decide to stay

Weather? There’s no weather.
Time? I got plenty of time…

(C) 2014 Royal T Music

A Year In Jail 122814 Jim”

A year in jail can change man
You hang on to everything you can
Some things just bound to slip away
I’m stuck in a cell with I don’t know what
Can’t sleep a wink is all I got
One foot on the floor, ten cigarettes a day

The bang of the gate. The blink of the light
All locked up and safe at night
Singing in the choir and dreaming I’ll Fly Away
Breakfast is stale so I stay in bed
Thinkin’ about my mama and what she said
But my thots and mama are a thousand miles away

Can’t pull the shade. Can’t shut the door
Falling down the stairs from the seventh floor
I pump pig iron til I got no more
I’m so damn tired I’m so damn sore

Weather? There’s no weather.
Time? I got plenty of time.
Laying down tracks, trying to keep it all together
Soaking up the change…never dropping a dime

Some glad morning I will fly away, Some glad morning

A move to the farm with a custody bump.
A book I found at the prison dump
A thousand hens and a thousand eggs a day
A pint of blood for a piece of cake
A pat on the back for the belts I make…
No fence out here but I decide to stay

A year in Jail or maybe two
Maybe three. What’s that to you?
I’m out of sight so I’ve been out of mind
But I’ll be headed home with brand new clothes
Shiny shoes and a cleaned up nose
Then I’ll take the first job I can find

Can’t pull the shade. Can’t shut the door
Falling down the stairs from the seventh floor
I pump pig iron til I got no more
I’m so tired I’m so sore

Weather? There’s no weather.
Time? I got plenty of time…

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James Michael Taylor said

That's the date I recorded it. My prison number was 41515. My army number was RA 19845014. Enter You sent RA stood for Regular Army. Enter You sent It interested me from the 1st that it started with 1984.

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James Michael Taylor said

Hauntingly True Prison is exactly like that. Fantastic Song Another #1 Hit Enter Kat Love love love It! Enter Kat Kat Angel 112814 .. was that ur of number?

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James Michael Taylor said

Kat Angel James Michael Taylor please make your song shareable. It gave me chills....so good!

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James Michael Taylor said

Jme Kinser Oh sure, couple times

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James Michael Taylor said

Jere Reiser I can't imagine. I spent 3 days in the Federal prison in Brownsville for attempting to smuggle 100 biphetamines into the US. They made me shower by myself and when I stepped out there were 8 guys standing about 10 ft away observing and making comments. It went down hill from there. I was threatened and hassled for two nights but stayed awake as advised and was discharged without incident. Childsplay.

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jadenames said

Truth.....James Michael Taylor.....thanks for the great tunes.....

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Merry Bear said

I'm touched, moved, and having been there and done that, I relate. Great rift and awesome lyrics. Keep that nose clean!

Guest said

when the shadows of this life have grown like a bird that prison bars has flown & good luck finding that first job these days... thanks James

Guest said

Very Clever! Easily puts images into the mind. Nice work!

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stoman said

It's always nice to come back and listen to some of your songs. I just wish there was more (spare) time in a day.

Guest said

anthem for about a third of Americas population. nicely done

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