• Song:

    Rotting On Remand

  • Artist:

    Billy Bragg

  • Album:

    Billy Bragg Vol. 2

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>From rousseaf@nil.IRO.UMontreal.CA (Francois Rousseau)
Subject: AOTW: Billy Bragg: Rotting On remand
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 1993 05:51:51 GMT

               Rotting On Remand
                (Billy Bragg)

CI (x32010@1)stood before the judge that day
    F (133211@1)           CAs (x32010@1)he refused my bail

And I knew that I would spend my time
                   GAwaiting (320003@1)trial in jail
   CI (x32010@1)said there is no justice
         F (133211@1)               CAs (x32010@1)they led me out of the door
          F (133211@1)                                CAnd (x32010@1)the judge said, "This isn't a court of justice son
      G (320003@1)            CThis (x32010@1)is a court of law".

CThey (x32010@1)first sent me to Windsor
     F (133211@1)               CAnd (x32010@1)then to Stoke on Trent

In a holding cell in Liverpool
                         GThree (320003@1)days and nights I spent
     CMy (x32010@1)solicitor can't find me
         F (133211@1)         CAnd (x32010@1)my family don't know
        F (133211@1)                      CI (x32010@1)keep telling them that I'm innocent
                      G (320003@1)            C (x32010@1)    C7They (x32310@1)just say, "Come on son, in you go."

        F (133211@1)                        CI (x32010@1)was picked up on suspicion of something I haven't done
C (x32010@1)  B/C (134442@1)  A/C (032220@1) G/C (2431xx@7)                          GHere (320003@1)I sit in 'F' wing waiting for my trial to come
           F (133211@1)                          C (x32010@1)      FIt's (133211@1)a cruel unusual punishment that society demands
                        C (x32010@1)    G (320003@1)         CInnocent (x32010@1)till proven guilty, rotting on remand

F (133211@1)C (x32010@1)G (320003@1)C (x32010@1)A7 (x02020@1)    DI (xx0232@1)ended up in this jail
          G (320003@1)  DBuilt (xx0232@1)in 18-82

When one man to one prison cell
                  AWas (x02220@1)a Victorian value
      DNow (xx0232@1)three of us are squeezed in here
          G (320003@1)             DAnd (xx0232@1)you can't escape the smell
           G (320003@1)          DOf (xx0232@1)that bucket in the corner
       A (x02220@1)              DAnd (xx0232@1)we eat in here as well

They let me out of this cage
     G (320003@1)             DTo (xx0232@1)slop that bucket out

To get my food and bring it back
                          AAnd (x02220@1)if I'm lucky, get a shower
  DApart (xx0232@1)from one hours exercise
       G (320003@1)               DI'm (xx0232@1)locked in here all day
            G (320003@1)                 DYou (xx0232@1)don't turn criminals into citizens
       A (x02220@1)             D (xx0232@1)  D7By (xx0212@1)treating them this way

          G (320003@1)                        DIs (xx0232@1)the prize of law and order the stench of Wormwood Scrubs
        D (xx0232@1) C#/D    B/D    A/D (x00220@1)                     AWith (x02220@1)judges quick to sentence sending more down from above
       G (320003@1)                              D (xx0232@1)       GIt's (320003@1)a cruel unusual punishment that society demands
                        D (xx0232@1)    A (x02220@1)        DInnocent (xx0232@1)till proven guilty, rotting on remand    G  D  A  D ...

Francois Rousseau
Laboratoire Incognito (Computer Languages)
Universite de Montreal, Canada
E-mail: rousseaf@iro.umontreal.ca

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