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Stanley Brothers – Old Richmond Prison lyrics

Deep in the hills, Way down in virginia,
Was where I lived for 23 years.
While driving one day, Just ridin for pleasure,
Just ridin for pleasure, I'd had a few beers.
I shot the sheriff(sherf), of Buckinham county,
They threw me in jail Without any bail.
They tried me, in Buckinham county,
For a crime that was done on the Dickenson side,

The jury came in, with a verdict on monday,
They said I was guilty and had to do time,
Eighteen years, in Old Richmond Prison,
Eighteen years, seems like 49.

My thoughts go back, to my home in the mountains,
To Buckinham County, near the Dickenson line,
To Buckinham County, near the Dickenson line

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    It's not Buckinham, it's Buchanan. It's easy to mis-hear if you're not from the area, because locals pronounce Buchanan like "Buck-hannon," whereas outsiders think it should sound like "B'you-canon." Buchanan and Dickenson Counties border each other in Southwest Virginia. My family is from Buchanan; Carter and Ralph Stanley grew up right across the line in Dickenson.
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