"I Got Stripes" as written by and Johnny/williams Cash....
On a Monday, I was arrested (uh huh)
On a Tuesday, they locked me in the jail (oh boy)
On a Wednesday, my trial was attested
On a Thursday, they said guilty and the Judge's gavel fell

I got stripes, stripes around my shoulders
I got chains, chains around my feet
I got stripes, stripes around my shoulders
And them chains, them chains,
They're about to drag me down

On a Monday, my momma come to see me
On a Tuesday, they caught me with a file
On a Wednesday, I'm down in solitary
On a Thursday, I start on bread and water for a while

I got stripes, stripes around my shoulders
I got chains, chains around my feet
I got stripes, stripes around my shoulders
And them chains, them chains,
They're about to drag me down

I got stripes, stripes around my shoulders
I got chains, chains around my feet
I got stripes, stripes around my shoulders
And them chains, them chains,
They're about to drag me down

Hey, this microphone's got a screw loose here
Somebody come screw this microphone?
What I say?
Just a minute, lemme fix this son of alright


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"I Got Stripes" as written by Johnny Cash Charlie Williams

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    General CommentThis song is based on Leadbelly's song, On Monday. The opening lyrics follow it exactly, the rest have similar lines. Cash made it better as far as I am concerned. If you don't know Leadbelly, do yourself a favor and find out about him. Nirvana did a cover of his song: Where Did You Sleep Last Night.
    Leadbelly's music has influenced countless bands and songs.
    Leadbelly died in the late 1940's.
    Agreenmachineon April 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentNever knew about Leadbelly before, gonnae give him a listen. Hes obviously well respected if Johnny Cash and Nirvana have covered his songs.
    This songs great, really catchy. Pretty simple lyrics about going to jail. Typical of Johnny Cash to sing a song like this. Bloody amazing song though, dont know why more people havent commented.
    Mr_Soulon April 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentLove it! Love Johnny Cash! I get so much stick from my mates for liking Johnny Cash, but he is so immensely amazing and no one is going to change my opinion!
    Hamathyon June 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDon't worry Hamathy coz I won't.

    Love him too!
    His music!
    The way he sings.Even his compositions,imple but awesome.
    bear_hug20on November 24, 2008   Link

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