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#272785 - 05/24/02 03:06 PM Jailhouse Blanket  
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Jailhouse Blanket

He tossed me bread and a blanket
then I heard his iron key turn
the bread was moldy 'round the crust
the blanket, coarse and cigarette burned
a metal shaving mirror sat
by the rusty sink on a shelf
my whiskey breath fogged that mirror
I spit the bread and wrapped myself

in the jailhouse blanket
for when you're feeling cold
it's too tattered and torn,
to really keep you warm
but at least it's something to hold

down in the mission district
in the flophouse where I stayed
'cross the hall roomed an old whore
whose heart was holey, torn and frayed
we'd lay huddled in the warmth
of a hanging forty-watt light
and there on my old Murphy bed
I'd cling to her ev'ry night

like a jailhouse blanket
for when you're feeling cold
she's too wild, she's too stray
to stick with you by day
but nights she was something to hold

there's a cold sweat on my brow
walking this steamy avenue
and if this street was in my shoes
it'd be cold and tired, too
there's a time when the open road
becomes a voluntary cage
now I read a pocket Bible
and wrap my heart in ev'ry page

like a jailhouse blanket
for when you're chilled and old
I'm a man weak and small,
so I won't learn it all
but at least it's something to hold

(c)2002 Robert George



[This message has been edited by couchgrouch (edited 05-24-2002).]

#272786 - 05/24/02 05:23 PM Re: Jailhouse Blanket  
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Bout as ghood as it gets Couch. Couple of metre bumps but your muisicer will fix that.
Regards.
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#272787 - 05/24/02 07:18 PM Re: Jailhouse Blanket  
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Looks fine for the most part. Guess he got sprung from jail between verses. [Linked Image] "She's too wild, she's too stray/to be loyal by day" doesn't meter too well compared to corresponding lines in the other choruses, but besides that, this looks solid. Nice work.

Anthony

#272788 - 05/24/02 08:35 PM Re: Jailhouse Blanket  
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Hey Couch

Well written,but who would sing it?

He's got the bible,and failed tomorrows?...didn't like the tag is all...just me.

Good one,as always!

Bean

#1121645 - 12/29/16 02:46 PM Re: Jailhouse Blanket [Re: couchgrouch]  
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You milk a situation for all it's worth, Couch.

#1122099 - 01/07/17 04:16 PM Re: Jailhouse Blanket [Re: couchgrouch]  
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Oh, if only Johnny Cash were here. I can hear him singing this. I loved the story you portrayed. Yes there were a few bumps in the rhythm of the words, but putting it to music would allow you to fix that by tweaking a word here and there. Who would sing this? Only somebody like Chris Stapleton.


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#1122115 - 01/07/17 07:25 PM Re: Jailhouse Blanket [Re: couchgrouch]  
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thanks Donna. the meter is definitely ragged. this is from a long time ago. smile


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