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I Made The Prison Band

This song is by Merle Haggard and appears on the album Branded Man (1967).

Deep inside this lonely prison where the pleasures are so few
Where the walls are strong and the days are long and there's nothin' new
I learned to play the guitar, I'm doin' the best I can
I guess things could be worse 'cause I made the prison band
I made the prison band

Well, there's ol' bashful Bill on the doghouse bass, Willie on the steel guitar
And he hails from Pocatello and he drags a pretty mean bar
And back on the drums is two-time Tom, a rimshot tempo man
They call me their singin' Emcee 'cause I made the prison band
I made the prison band

I'd been plannin' a break since Christmas, I had the details all worked out
But now I know that I ain't gonna go and there ain't no doubt
I had my try-out Sunday and the outcome changed my plans
I gotta rehearse for the Friday night show 'cause I made the prison band
I made the prison band

Well there's Ol' bashful Bill on the doghouse bass, Willie on the steel guitar
And he hails from Pocatello and he drags a pretty mean bar
And back on the drums is two-time Tom, a rimshot tempo man
The boys call me their singin' Emcee 'cause I made the prison band
I made the prison band

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