Prison Trilogy (Billy Rose)

Joan Baez2003年9月22日


Prison Trilogy (Billy Rose) (Album Version) - Joan Baez (瓊·貝茲)

Billy Rose was a low rider Billy Rose was a night fighter


Billy Rose knew trouble like the sound of his own name


Busted on a drunken charge


Driving someone else's car

The local midnight sheriff's claim to fame


In an Arizona jail there are some who tell the tale how

Billy fought the sergeant for some milk that he demanded


Knowing they'd remain the boss

Knowing he would pay the cost

They saw he was severely reprimanded


In the blackest cell on "A" Block


He hanged himself at dawn


With a note stuck to the bunk head


Don't mess with me just take me home


Come and lay help us lay


Young Billy down


Luna was a Mexican the law called an alien


For coming across the border with a baby and a wife


Though the clothes upon his back were wet

Still he thought that he could get

Some money and things to start a life


It hadn't been too very long when it seemed like everything went wrong

They didn't even have the time to find themselves a home


This foreigner a brown-skin male

Thrown into a Texas jail

It left the wife and baby quite alone


He eased the pain inside him


With a needle in his arm


But the d**e just crucified him

He died to no one's great alarm


Come and lay help us lay


Young Luna down


And we're gonna raze raze the prisons


To the ground


Kilowatt was an aging con of 65 who stood a chance to stay alive

And leave the joint and walk the streets again


As the time he was to leave drew near

He suffered all the joy and fear

Of leaving 35 years in the pen


And on the day of his release he was approached by the police

Who took him to the warden walking slowly by his side


The warden said "You won't remain here

But it seems a state retainer

Claims another 10 years of your life "


He stepped out in the Texas sunlight


The cops all stood around


Old Kilowatt ran 50 yards

Then threw himself down on the ground


They might as well just have laid


The old man down


And we're gonna raze raze the prisons


To the ground


Help us raze raze the prisons


To the ground