Lyrics
The jury found the verdict first degree
They swore I planned her death to be
I prayed they'd sentence me to die
But they wanted me to live and I know why

So I'd do life in prison for the wrongs I've done
And I pray every night for death to come
My life will be a burden every day
If I could die, my pain might go away

With trembling hands I killed my darling wife
Because I loved her more than life
My love for her will last a long, long time
But I'd rather die than live to lose my mind

And I'll do life in prison for the wrongs I've done
And pray every night for death to come
My life will be a burden every day
If I could die, my pain might go away

If I could die, my pain might go away

Copyright: OWEN PUBLICATIONS
Writer(s): JELLY SANDERS, MERLE HAGGARD




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