Percy's Song

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Lyrics

Bad news, bad news, come to me where I sleep Turn, turn, turn again Say, one of your friends is in trouble deep Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

Tell me the trouble, tell me once to my ear Turn, turn, turn again "Joliet prison and ninety-nine years Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

"Oh, what's the charge of how this came to be? Turn, turn, turn again "Manslaughter in the highest degree Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

I sat down and wrote the best words I could write Turn, turn, turn again Explaining to the judge I'd be there on Wednesday night Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

Without a reply, I left by the moon Turn, turn, turn again And was in his chambers by the next afternoon Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

"Would you tell me the facts," I said without fear Turn, turn, turn again "That a friend of mine could get ninety-nine years? Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

A crash on the highway, flew the car to a field Turn, turn, turn again There was four persons killed and he was at the wheel Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

But I knew him as good as I'm knowing myself Turn, turn, turn again And he wouldn't harm a life that belonged to someone else Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

The judge he spoke out of the side of his mouth Turn, turn, turn again Saying, 'The witness who saw, he left without doubt' Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

That may be true, he's got a sentence to serve Turn, turn, turn again But ninety-nine years, he just don't deserve Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

Too late, too late, for his case, it is sealed Turn, turn, turn again His sentence, it is passed and cannot be re-appealed Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

But he ain't no criminal and his crime it is none Turn, turn, turn again What happened to him could happen to anyone Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

At that the judge jumped forward and his face it did freeze Turn, turn, turn again Saying, 'Could you kindly leave my office now please?' Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

Well his eyes looked funny and I stood up so slow Turn, turn, turn again With no other choice except for to go Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

I walked down the hallway and I heard his door slam Turn, turn, turn again I walked down the courthouse stairs and did not understand Turn, turn to the rain and the wind

And I played my guitar through the night to the day Turn, turn, turn again And the only tune my guitar could play Was the old cruel rain and the wind


Type:
Album
Artists:
Fairport Convention
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Music:
Released:
01 July 1969 (UK)
Recorded:
March / April 1969
  • Sound Techniques, London
Length:
6:46
Label:
Island Records Ltd.
Producer:
Joe Boyd
Fotheringay
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Engineer: