Song Lyric Sunday: Rules – ‘I Fought The Law’

‘Rules”: can’t live with em, can’t live without ’em.

Especially the latter.

An interesting theme set for us this week by Helen, and not too difficult to find relevant – if not necessarily all that poetic – lyrics.

I’m sure that this song – written in 1959 by Sonny Curtis, a member of Buddy Holly’s backing group, The Crickets, will be quite familiar, as it’s been covered many times, including by Green Day and the Grateful Dead (not their finest hour). However; it’s hard not to succumb to the raw punk energy of The Clash.

Breakin’ rocks in the hot sun
I fought the law and the law won
I fought the law and the law won
I needed money ’cause I had none
I fought the law and the law won
I fought the law and the law won
I left my baby and it feels so bad
Guess my race is run
She’s the best girl that I ever had
I fought the law and the law won
I fought the law and the law wonRobbin’ people with a six-gun
I fought the law and the law won
I fought the law and the law won
I lost my girl and I lost my fun
I fought the law and the law won
I fought the law and the law won

I left my baby and it feels so bad
Guess my race is run
She’s the best girl that I ever had
I fought the law and the law won
I fought the law and the law won

Songwriters: SONNY CURTIS
I Fought The Law lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Song Lyric Sunday 24 September 2017

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