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Betty told Dupree, "I wants me a diamond ring" (oh baby)
Betty told Dupree, "I wants me a diamond ring" (oh sugar)
"Now listen, mama, your daddy bring you most anything"

He had to kill a policeman and he wounded a detective too (oh sugar)
Killed a detective, wounded a policeman too (oh babe)
"See here, mama, what you caused me to do"

Hired him a taxi, said, "Can't you drive me back to Main" (say taxi)
Then he hired him a taxi, said, "Carry me back to Main (oh baby)
I've done a hangin' crime, yet, I don't never feel ashamed"

Standin' there wonderin' will a matchbox hold my clothes (oh baby)
Standin' there wonderin', matchbox hold my clothes
Said a trunk was too big to be bothered on the road

'Rested poor Dupree, placed him in the jail (oh lord)
'Rested poor Dupree, placed him in the jail (oh babe)
Yes, the mean old judge went and refuse to sign him any bail

Wrote a letter to Betty, and this is the way the letter read (oh baby)
He wrote a letter to Betty, and this is the way the letter read (oh lord)
"Come home to your daddy, I'm almost dead"

Betty went to the jailer, cryin', "Mister jailer, please" (oh baby)
Betty went to the jailer, cryin', "Mister jailer, please" (oh lord)
"Please, Mister jailer, let me see my used-to-be"

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