This Lyric is: #202

18 Years 2001 Lyrics by C. Bernard
Music by Allan Truesdell

He's not left these cold, block walls
since nineteen, eighty-three.
Doing the time for another's crime
and mistaken identity.
Forensic science has improved.
DNA tests cleared his name.
Now they know, they're letting him go..
at twelve o'clock today.

Eighteen years.....eighteen years

(CHORUS)
Eighteen years without the sunshine.
Eighteen years without the rain.
Eighteen years of bitter tears
.....and his silent cries of pain.....

Warden watches from his window
as the man shuffles through the gate.
He could sue the state for millions
and most likely win his case.
But the warden has statistics;
to shield him from his fears.
A soulless husk, climbs on the bus,
........he'll be dead within the year.

Eighteen years...eighteen years

(BRIDGE)
They can't give him back his children.
They can't resurrect his wife.
They can't return the missing years
....ripped from the pages of his life.

Eighteen years.....eighteen years

They can't give him back his freedom,
'cause freedom is a state of mind.
He crossed that state line.....years ago
....when he started serving time.

(CHORUS)
Eighteen years without the sunshine.
Eighteen years without the rain.
Eighteen long years of bitter tears
......and his silent cries of pain.

......and his silent cries of pain..