I'VE GOTTA NEW CAR / FRAMED
(Leiber - Stoller)
J.J. MALONE & TROYCE KEY (RED LIGHTNIN 0028, 1980)

I'm sitting in this nightclub behind port wine glass
Brand new car outside, and not a drop of gass
Nothing down and about three years to pay
Sounded like a pretty good deal, the other day

I got a new car, I got a new car
I got a new car, but I'm as broke as I can be

Ever since I wrote on that little black dotted line
I haven't been able to sufficiently dine
Toothpicks and soup ain't much of a meal
And 244 dollars a month ain't much of a deal

I got a new car, I got a new car
I got a new car, but I'm as broke as I can be

I've had my car now, let me see, just been about a little over a week
And already that thing's beginning to shake and rattle and squeak
What little money I do runs across
Goes in my gastank and out my exhaust

I got a new car, I got a new car
I got a new car, but I'm as broke as I can be

You know the man come and take my pretty car back
(Why?)
Well, my old lady tried to tell me not to get a brand new Cadillac
Next time I buy a car, I'm gonna buy one I can afford
And when I say afford, I mean a Ford

I got a new car, I got a new car
I got a new car, but I'm as broke as I can be

I was walking down broadway, minding my own affair
When two great big policemen grabbed me unaware
Is your name Troyce Henry Key? And I said, why sure
Say, you're the big mother we've been looking for

Framed! I was framed
I never do nothing wrong
But I always get blamed

Took me down town over where the bright light shine
(I've been there before)
There was ten poor souls like me, standing in that line
I knew I was a victim of someone's evil plan
When a strange little dude walked in and said: that's the man!

Framed! I was framed
I never do nothing wrong
But I always get blamed

The prosecutor attorney started a-prosecuting me
That little ugly sucker gave me the third degree
He said, where was you on about a June 29
I says, I was at JJ's, the other fool in this line

Framed! I was framed
I never do nothing wrong
But I always get blamed

I denied the charges of robbing a liquor store
Denied the charges of carrying a little pearl handed handy .44
I denied the charges of vagrancy too
But when the judge came down, poured whisky on my head
Turned around to the jury and said convict this man
He's drunk! What can I do?

Framed! I was framed
I never do nothing wrong
But I always get blamed

 
 
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