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Four Walls Of Raiford Lyrics

from The Essential Lynyrd Skynyrd

"Four Walls Of Raiford" is track #18 on the album The Essential Lynyrd Skynyrd. It was written by Carlisi, Jeffrey S. / Van Zant, Ronnie.
"Four Walls Of Raiford" is track #18 on the album The Essential Lynyrd Skynyrd. It was written by Carlisi, Jeffrey S. / Van Zant, Ronnie.

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Well, them four walls of Raiford, closin' in on me
Doin' three to five hard labor, for armed robbery
I had two years behind me but I could not wait the time
Every time I thought about it, well I died some more inside

And I had stripes on my back, memories that hurt
For the only time I seen sunshine is when I hit the dirt
Diggin' ditches for the chain gang, sleepin' in the cold
Oh Lord, please forgive me, for I could not wait no more

And I'm comin' home to see You Jesus
Well, it feels so close this time
Please take mercy on this soldier
From the Florida-Georgia line

When they find me, they must kill me
Oh Jesus, save my soul
I can't go back down to Raiford
I can't take that anymore

Well, these last few years behind me, oh Lord, have been so sad
I fought proudly for my country when the times were bad
Now they say, I'm guilty when they find me, I must die
Only me and Jesus know that I never stole a dime

Well, when Vietnam was over, there was no work here for me
I had a pretty wife awaitin' and two kids I had to feed
Well, I'm one of America's heroes when they shoot me down
Won't fly old glory proudly, put my medals in the ground

And I'm comin' home to see You Jesus
Well, it feels so close this time
Please take mercy on this soldier
From the Florida-Georgia line

When they find me, they must kill me
Oh Jesus, save my soul
I can't go back down to Raiford
I can't take that anymore

Songwriters
CARLISI, JEFFREY S. / VAN ZANT, RONNIE

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