I'm Just Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail
Written by Karl Davis & Harty Taylor
Chord-chart by Lynn Lewis

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- |G / / I’m not in your town to stay, / |G / / Said a lady old and gray, / |D / / / | G / / To the warden of the peni-tentia-ry, / |G / / I’m not in your town to stay, / |G / / And I’ll soon be on my way, / |D / / / |G / / I’m just here to get my baby out of jail, / |C / / Yes, warden, / |D / / / |G / / / | I’m just here to get my baby out of jail.

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I’ve tried to raise my baby right, I have prayed both day and night, He’d never follow the footsteps of his dad, I have searched both far and wide, I had feared that he had died, And at last I find my baby here in jail, Yes, warden, But it’s good to find my baby here in jail.

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I will pawn you my watch, I will pawn you my chain, I will pawn you my gold diamond ring, I will wash all your clothes, I will scrub all your floors, If that will get my baby out of jail, Yes, warden, You know I want my baby out of jail.

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Then I heard the warden say, To the lady old and gray, I will send your baby boy to your side, Those big gates swung wide apart, She held her darling to her heart, She kissed her darling boy and then she died, But smiling, In the arms of her dear boy there she died.


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