It was a cruel turn of fate
I did three bitter years inside
A friend of mine who set me up
And he was the one got away with the money.
But I swore tonight would be the night
This place couldn’t hold me no longer.
The rain was dancing on the yard
The searchlight creeping down the wall
The night it was so black outside
I nearly jumped half a block from the rendezvous.
But when I landed on the street
I saw the green light come shining
I’m busted loose, I’m out on the run
I’m so close, you’re right in the sights of my gun,
I’m nervous, I’m out of control
I can’t stop the hurricane down in my soul
Nobody can hide you
I’m standing right beside you
Watching everything you do.
I thought that I was strong enough
To take the screws at their own game
But they’ve got tricks they keep in store
For anyone dreaming of beating the system
They had me down upon my knees
Soon I was begging for mercy
My girl she said she’d stick it out
She kissed my fingers through the grille
She whispered she’d love no-one else
But then she took off with a creep from the south side
The night they passed me down the news
That’s when the fuse started burning