Public Defender

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The first time I saw you was down at the court house
In a dark room waiting for me
You asked me some questions I told you no lies
I trusted you to keep me free
If I plead innocent will it go to trial?
For I have no paid leave at work
You see I just started down at the mine
My wife any day now will give birth

You told me that it was an easy decision
You’ll probably pay a small fine
And 6 months probation if you plead
“No Contest”, but you won’t serve time
You stayed in the back room as I spoke to the judge
Those two words was all he’d allow
He pounded his gavel, “You forfeit your bail
And 6 months in jail, take him now”

That was the last time that I saw my wife
Disgusted, she called me a jerk
She said, you’ll never see you’re baby girl
And I lost this towns only work
I spent the next 6 lonely months in a cell
Just thinking about what I had done
I trusted the words of a Public Defender
If I had the money, I’d have won

The next time I saw him was down at the court house
A week after they set me free
He asked me a question, I told him no lies
I’m taking what you took from me
I’ll never forget the look in his eyes
That bullet went right through his heart
I killed a Public Defender that day
Now I sit in this cell here to rot.


from The Foggy Bitch, released January 22, 2013



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