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Waitin' for the Evening Mail

This song is by Al Jolson and appears on the album Jolie's Finest-You Ain't Heard (1994).

I was standing by a jail this morning
When I heard a hard lark brother moan
"I'm in here right where I don't belong
I never done no wrong"

I walked by his window
I could hear him moaning his song
"I'm sitting on the inside, looking at the outside
Waiting for the evening mail
Four walls that are peeling
Lordy what a feeling
Just a mean and low-down jail
Separating me from every thing but the evening mail
I'm like a ship without a sail
But I wrote my one time mama down in Jacksonville
Said,'sweet mama I'm in jail
Honey please don't fail me
Hurry up and mail me bail'
That was just a year ago
I'm still in the inside, looking at the outside
Waiting for the evening mail"

I had a letter handed to me yesterday
It was from a mama that I met down on mobile bay
She said, "honey won't you please send me down some bail
They caught me fooling around with the evening mail"

I had another letter from a man named Stout
Said he was gonna get me as when I got out
Said now he was gonna meet me right down there at the gate
Brother he don't know how long he's got to wait

I'm sitting on the inside, looking at the outside
Waiting for the evening mail
Four walls that are peeling
Lordy what a feeling
Just a mean and low-down jail
Separating me from every thing but the evening mail
Now I wrote my one time mama down in Jacksonville
Said,'sweet mama I'm in jail
Honey please don't fail me
Hurry up and mail me bail
I'm still in the inside, looking at the outside
Waiting for the evening mail

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Written by:

Billy Baskette

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