Highway Patrolman

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John R. "Johnny" Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003), was an American singer-songwriter, actor, and author, who has been called one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Although he is primarily remembered as a country music icon, his songs and sound spanned many other … more »

My name is Joe Roberts I work for the State 
I'm a sergeant out on Perenville barracks No 8 
I've always done an honest job honest as I could 
Got a brother named Frankie Frankie ain't no good 
Ever since we were young kids it's been the same come down 
I'd get a call on a short way Frankie's in trouble downtown 
But if it was any other man I'd put him straight away 
But sometimes when it's your brother you look the other way 

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Yeah me and Frankie laughin' and drinkin' nothin' feels better than blood on blood 
Takin' turns dancin' with Maria 

While the band played 'The Night Of The Johnstown Flood'
I catch him when he's strayin' like any brother should 
Man turns his back on his family he ain't no good 
Well Frankie went into the army back in 1965 
I got a farm deferment settled down took Maria for my wife 
But them wheat prices kept on droppin' till it was like we's gettin' robbed 
Frankie came home in '68 and me I took this job 

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While the band played 'The Night Of The Johnstown Flood'
I catch him when he's strayin' teach him how to walk that line 
Man turns his back on his family ain't no friend of mine 
The night was like any other I got a call bout the quarter of nine 
There was trouble at a roadhouse out on the Michigan line 
There was a kid on the floor lookin' bad bleedin' hard from his head 
There was a girl cryin' at a table it was Frankie she said 
I ran out and I jumped in my car then I hit the lights 
I must have done about a hundred and ten to Michigan County that night 
It was down by the crossroads out bout willow bank 
Seen the Buick with Ohio plates behind the wheel was Frank 
Well I chased him through them county roads 
Till the sign said Canadian border five miles from here 
Pulled over to the south out the highway watched his taillights disappeared 

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While the band played 'The Night Of The Johnstown Flood' 
I catch him when he's strayin' like any brother should 
Man turns his back on his family ain't no good

Written by: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Downtown Music Publishing

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Highway Patrolman