Dinah Washington Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair [Live at Newport, 1958] cover

Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair [Live at Newport, 1958]
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Verse 1
Judge you wanna hear my plea, before you open up your court
But I don't want no sympathy, 'cause I done cut my good man's throat
Verse 2
I caught him with a trifling Jane, I warned him 'bout before
I had my knife and went insane, and the rest you ought to know
Verse 3
Judge, judge, please mister judge, send me to the 'lectric chair
Judge, judge, good mister judge, let me go away from here
Verse 4
I wanna take a journey, to the devil down below
I done killed my man, I wanna reap just what I sow
Verse 5
Oh judge, judge, lordy lordy judge, send me to the 'lectric chair
Judge, judge, hear me judge, send me to the 'lectric chair
Verse 6
I love him so dear, I cut him with my barlow1, I kicked him in the side
I stood here laughing o'r him, while he wallowed around and died
Verse 7
Oh judge, judge, lordy judge, send me to the 'lectric chair
Judge, judge, sweet mister judge, send me to the 'lectric chair
Judge, judge, good kind judge, burn me 'cause I don't care
Verse 8
I don't want no one good mayor, to go my bail
I don't want to spend no, ninety-nine years in jail
So judge, judge, good kind judge, send me to the 'lectric chair

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