Tab has it as:
The judge decreed it, the clerk he wrote it.
Clerk he wrote it down indeed-e
Judge decreed it, clerk he wrote it down
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Give you this jail sentence you'll be ?Nashville? bound
The part I have trouble with is "Give you this jail sentence". That just doesn't sound like it to me. A friend thinks it is "If you miss jail sentence" and that kind of sounds right, but I still have doubts.
What do you all think it is?
Such a long, long time to be gone, and a short time to be there...