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Jimmie Skinner
Jimmie Skinner

Song Information

First recording and first release by Jimmie Skinner (1948) Also Released by Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs and The Foggy Mountain Boys (1951) Billy's version is inspired by Flatt & Scruggs.

Lyrics

On this old rock pile with a ball and chain They call me by a number not a name, Lord, Lord Gotta do my time, gotta do my time With an aching heart and a worried mind When that old judge looked down and smiled Said I'll put you on that good road for a while, Lord, Lord Gotta do my time, gotta do my time With an aching heart and a worried mind You can hear my hammer, you can hear my song I'm gonna swing it like John Henry all day long, Lord, Lord Gotta do my time, gotta do my time With an aching heart and a worried mind It won't be long, just a few more days I'll settle down and quit my rowdy ways, Lord, Lord With that gal of mine, with that gal of mine She'll be waitin' for me when I've done my time