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​Million Dollars Bail

This song is by Peter Case and appears on the album Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John (2007).

Case

She dialed 911 but the cops didn't come on time
They found her on the marble with a bullet through her eye
He was weaving back and forth, foaming at the lips
So they took him in for questioning and inked his finger tips

There's two kinds of justice everybody knows
One for folks up on the hill, the other's down below
Everyone is talking 'bout the night he spent in jail
Today he's free out walking on a million dollars bail

They said she was a single girl that lived a double life
He'd met her at the hatcheck stand and took her home that night
No one knows what happened 'cause no one else was there
No trial date was ever set, no one seems to care

'Cause there's two kinds of justice everybody knows
One for folks up on the hill, the other's down below
Everyone is talking 'bout the night he spent in jail
Today he's free out walking on a million dollars bail
On a million dollars bail

They tell us all the world is small and life is selling cheap
Anything can happen when you're walking in your sleep
The court took charge and eyed the facts, bail was set at one cool mil
Calls were made and debts were paid, the lawyers worked with skill

Eternity is longer than one night inside a box
And if you're heading for the jail house, now's the time to pick the locks
But there's a sentence passed on every soul, someday we all must die
When the question's not who pulls the switch, it's how you lived and why

There's two kinds of justice everybody knows
One for folks up on the hill, the other's down below
Everyone is talking 'bout the night he spent in jail
Today he's free out walking on a million dollars bail
On a million dollars bail