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In onze serie kippenvelliedjes deze keer Ellis Unit One van Steve Earle.
De tekst is geschreven vanuit het perspectief van een gevangenbewaarder die komt te werken in Ellis Unit One, waar de terdoodveroordeelden zitten.

Het liedje werd onder meer gebruikt in de film Dead Man Walking, en Steve Earle zingt het bloedstollend ingetogen op de dvd The Best of Sessions at West 54th Volume 2.

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Ellis Unit One
(Steve Earle)
I was fresh out of the service
It was back in ‘82
I raised some Cain when I came back to town
I left to be all I could be
Come home without a clue
Now, I married Dawn and had to settle down
So I hired on at the prison
Guess I always knew I would
Just like my dad and both my uncles done
And I worked on every cell block
Now, things're goin' good
But then they transferred me to Ellis Unit One
Swing low
Swing low
Swing low and carry me home
Well, my daddy used to talk about them long nights at the walls
And how they used to strap ‘em in the chair
The kids down from the college and they'd bring their beer ‘n all
And when the lights went out, a cheer rose in the air
Well, folks just got too civilized
Old Sparky's gatherin' dust
‘Cause no one wants to touch a smokin' gun
And since they got that injection
They don't mind as much, I guess
They just put ‘em down at Ellis Unit One
Swing low
Swing low
Swing low and carry me home
Well, I've seen ‘em fight like lions, boys
I've seen 'em go like lambs
And I've helped to drag ‘em when they could not stand
And I've heard their mamas cryin' when they heard that big door slam
And I've seen the victim's family holdin' hands
Last night I dreamed that I woke up with straps across my chest
And something cold and black pullin' through my lungs
Even Jesus couldn't save me though I know he did his best
But he don't live on Ellis Unit One
Swing low
Swing low
Swing low and carry me home
Swing low
Don't let go
Swing low and carry me home


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