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I was sitting there when they call the next case
In walk a man bound in chains tears rolling down his face
Judge said
You been found guilty son
Your gonna be sentence today
Have you any thing to say
Before they carry you away
He said

I'm just a jailbird
Aint much to tell
Been in trouble with the law
Since the day I was 12
You know what
I meet a man name jesus today
He save me and for gave me
I just wanna lift my voice
And praise him while I'm able

And he cried
Go in the name of jesus
He is my redeemer
I will never be the same
He save my soul he sign my name
I will lift him up forever
Sun shine stormy weather

I got a right to praise his name church even a jailbird

Early one sunday morning
It was dark and it was cold
An angel stood up on death row to receive the dead man soul
Somebody shouted on the cell block
Old jailbird finally got his wings
They can hear the sounds of church bells

I was just another jailbird
Sitting right there in my on cell
Waiting on the devil to come
To take me to a burning hell
Then the angel of the lord appeared
With power in his hand
Saying fear not old jailbird
I'm going to take you to a better land

You don't have to be afraid
To give the lord your life today
He'll mind all scatter pieces
Just remember
The word of god is real
Jesus own the potter field
And every broken vessel
Glory to the name of jesus
He is lord my redeemer
I will never be the same
He save my soul and sign my name
I will lift him up forever
Sun shine stormy weather

I got a right to praise his name

Even the jailbird
Sing glory to the name of jesus
He is lord my redeemer
I will never be the same
He save my soul and he sign my name
I will lift him up forever
Sunshine stormy weather
I got a right to praise his name
Even the jailbird sing



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