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ELLIS UNIT ONE
Steve Earle


I was fresh out of the service

It was back in '82

I raised some Cain when I come back to town

I left to be all I could be

Come home without a clue

Now, I married Dawn and had to settle down



So I hired on at the prison

Guess I always knew I would

Just like my dad and both my uncles done

And I worked on every cell block

Now, things're goin' good

But then they transferred me to Ellis Unit One



Swing low

Swing low

Swing low and carry me home



Well, my daddy used to talk about them long nights at the walls

And how they used to strap 'em in the chair

The kids down from the college and they'd bring their beer 'n all

'N when the lights went out, a cheer rose in the air



Well, folks just got too civilized

Sparky's gatherin' dust

'Cause no one wants to touch a smokin' gun

And since they got the injection

They don't mind as much, I guess

They just put 'em down at Ellis Unit One



Swing low

Swing low

Swing low and carry me home



Well, I've seen 'em fight like lions, boys

I've seen 'em go like lambs

And I've helped to drag 'em when they could not stand

And I've heard their mamas cryin' when they heard that big door slam

And I've seen the victim's family holdin' hands



Last night I dreamed that I woke up with straps across my chest

And something cold and black pullin' through my lungs

'N even Jesus couldn't save me though I know he did his best

But he don't live on Ellis Unit One



Swing low

Swing low

Swing low and carry me home

Swing low

Don't let go

Swing low and carry me home


STEVE EARLE

Steve Earle (born Stephen Fain Earle on January 17, 1955 in San Antonio, Texas) is a singer-songwriter best known for his country music and rock 'n roll tinged "alt-country." He is also a published writer, a keen political activist (particularly in protesting against the death penalty in the U.S., as in his song "Ellis Unit One" from the movie Dead Man Walking), and has written and directed a play. Earle also had small roles on the HBO television shows "The Wire" and "Treme". ... Read More